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UPSC Civil Services Exam Notification & Admit Card


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India is the first country on the globe to conduct civil service tests to recruit eligible candidates into the civil services. The history of civil services can be traced back to Mauryan Empire and Mughal Empire. The current Civil Services Examination conducted in the country is based on the Imperial Civil Service tests of British era. Drona provides interesting facts about civil service exam. The Civil Services Examination is generally considered as one of the most toughest competitive examinations in India. More than 10,00,000 candidates will apply for this exam and around 5,00,000 students appear in the exam. SSC, Bank jobs and RRB exams are also popular among the aspirants of central government jobs.


Based on the performance in the examination the qualified candidates will be posted in all India services or group A services or Group B services. The services or listed below

All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Police Service

Group A Services

  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Corporate Law Service
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Defence Estates Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Information Service
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service
  • Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
  • Indian Postal Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)
  • Indian Revenue Service (CBEC)
  • Indian Trade Service
  • Railway Protection Force

Group B Services

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service
  • Pondicherry Civil Service
  • Pondicherry Police Service

UPSC also recruits eligible candidates to other services like combined defence services, NDA and Naval academy, combined medical services, engineering services, Economic services, forest service, combined geo scientist and geologist exam, and Special class railway apprentice (SCRA). 

Eligibility Criteria


The candidates must not be older than 32 years and less than 21 years of age


Aspiring candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university (State, Central, Open or Deemed university).

  • Degree obtained through distance/correspondence education and educational qualification recognized by the Government of India as equivalent to Graduation are also acceptable
  • Degree from any foreign university which recognized by the Association of Indian Universities



  1. The upper age limit will be relaxed for five years for SC, ST and Kashmir domicile candidates and three years for OBC candidates.
  2. Defence Services Personnel who are disabled in operations with any foreign country or in a disturbed area will be given three areas.
  3. ECOs/SSCOs who have completed five years of Military Service will be given five years relaxation
  4. Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped candidates will be given 10 years of age relaxation.


Number of attempts for candidates belonging to different category are listed below.

  • General category candidates – 6
  • OBC category candidates – 9
  • SC/ST candidates – unlimited attempts (till 37 years of age)

Exam Fees

  • SC/ST/ Female/Physically Handicapped candidates are exempted from paying the fees

Appilcation Procedure

  • Candidates have to apply online through the website.
  • Candidates have to complete the Online Application Form two parts viz., Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions given in the notification.
  • Candidates should carefully choose the exam center for prelims and mains.
  • The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- by depositing in any branch of SBI by cash, or by net banking or by using Visa/Master or Credit/ Debit Card.
  • Candidates must upload a scanned copy of their photograph and signature and the size of the file should be in between 3-40 KB and for the signature 1-40 KB.
  • The applicants must fill all the details correctly and should enter a valid mobile number and an active E-Mail ID.

Selection Procedure

The Civil Services Examination has three stages.

The preliminary Examination consists of two papers which are of objective type and each paper carries 200 marks. Prelims exam is just a screening test and the marks obtained in the exam will not be considered for the final selection. The Main Examination consists of 9 papers of conventional essay type, out of which two papers will be of just qualifying in nature and the marks obtained in these papers will not be considered for ranking.

Candidates who obtain qualifying marks in the Main Examination will be called for an interview. The interview carries 275 marks and there will be no minimum qualifying marks. Marks thus obtained in the Main Examination and interview will determine the final rankings. Posting will be given based on the rank obtained and the preferences chosen by the candidates.

Examination Pattern

Preliminary Examination

The Examination consists of two papers of multiple choice questions. Each paper carries 200 marks and the papers will be set both in English and Hindi (except the english language questions). Each paper will be allotted two hours and Blind candidates will be given an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.

S. NoName of PaperAllotted marks
Paper IGeneral Ability Test200 marks
Paper IIEnglish Language & aptitude200 marks
Total400 marks

The minimum qualifying marks in General Studies Paper II will be 33% and the candidates will be selected based on the marks obtained in general studies paper I.

Mains Examination

Mains examination consists of nine papers and the first two paper are qualifying nature carrying 300 marks each and the marks are not counted for final rankings.

Qualifying Papers

  • Paper A- One of the Indian language to be selected by the candidates that are included in the 6th schedule of the constitution- 300 marks.
  • Paper B- English- 300 marks

Papers that are counted for final rankings and the exams pattern are given in the below table.

Sr. No.Title of the paperMarks allotted
Paper IEssay writing250
Paper IIGeneral studies- I )Indian heritage & culture, history & geography of the world & society)250
Paper IIIGeneral studies- II (Governance, constitution Polity, social justice & international & international relations)250
Paper IVGeneral studies- III (Technology, economic development, bio-diversity, environment, security & disaster mgmt.)250
Paper VGeneral studies- IV (Ethics, integrity & aptitude)250
Paper VIOptional subject- Paper I250
Paper VIIOptional subjects- paper II250
Subtotal in written exam1750
Personal interview275
Grand total (for merit calculation)2025


Candidates need to select their subject as their option from the below listed subjects. There will be two papers for the optional.

List of Optional Subjects

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Agricultural Engineering
  5. Botany
  6. Chemistry
  7. Civil Engineering
  8. Commerce & Accountancy
  9. Economics
  10. Electrical Engineering
  11. Education
  12. Fisheries Science
  13. Forestry
  14. Geography
  15. Geology
  16. Home Science
  17. History
  18. Indian Language & Literature (anyone)
  19. Law
  20. Management
  21. Mathematics
  22. Mechanical Engineering
  23. Philosophy
  24. Physics
  25. Political Science & International Relations
  26. Public Administration
  27. Psychology
  28. Sociology
  29. Statistics
  30. Zoology

Interview/Personality Test

The UPSC board will determine the cutoff marks and calls the qualified candidates for interview. The interview panel tests the suitability of the candidates for the post and assesses their personality, attitude, etc., and maximum marks allotted will be 275. Based on the total marks obtained in both mains examination and personality test the candidates will be given ranks.


For detailed syllabus click the below link

Exam Resources

Previous Papers

Mains Exam

General Papers




General Studies



Indian Languages (Compulsory) Papers




Literature Subjects for Main Examination




Optional Subjects for Main Examination




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