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The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:

  • Civil Service (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination.
  • Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.

Enrich Education The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in subsection (A) of Section- II This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be to admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year a provided they are otherwise eligible for admission the Main Examination.

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There will be negative marking for incorrect answers.

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Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for interview for a personality Test vide sub – section ‘C’ of section – II. Marks obtained in the papers will be counted for ranking. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about Twice the number of vacancies to be filled.

Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking, Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.

The written examination for mains will consist of a papers of conventional essay type.
A set of sample questions for both Papers is available on the UPSC website.

http://www.upsc.gov.in for reference of the prospective candidates.

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Section – II

B. Main Examination

The written examination will consists of the following papers:

Qualifying papers:

Indian languages : 300 Marks

English : 300 Marks

Section 1 Essay : 250 Marks


Paper – II General Studies – I

(Indian Heritage and Culture,
History and geography of the world and society) :
250 Marks

Paper – III General Studies – II

(Governance, Constitution, Polity,
Social Justice and International relations) :
250 Marks

Paper – IV General Studies – III

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio – diversity,
Environment, Security and Disaster Management ) :
250 Marks

Paper – V General Studies - IV

(Ethics, integrity and Aptitude) : 250 Marks

Paper - VI

Optional Subject - Paper 1 : 250 Marks

Paper - VII

Optional Subject – Paper 2 : 250 Marks

Sub Total (Written test) : 1750 Marks

Personality Test : 275 Marks

Grand Total : 2025 Marks


  • Marks obtained by the candidates for all papers (Paper I - VII) will be counted foe merit ranking, however, the commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all papers of the examination.
  • Marks obtained in qualifying papers will not be counted for ranking.

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