ABOUT UPSC EXAMINATION

What is UPSC Exam or IAS Exam

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India’s central agency, which conducts various  exams such as, Civil Services Exam, IFS, NDA, CDS, SCRA etc. Civil services examination is popularly known as IAS exam and includes almost 24 services like IFS, IPS, IRS, IRPS and so on. Civil Services exam is one the most reputed and tough to crack exams in India. This year around 5 lakhs aspirants took the exam. According to the latest UPSC Notification 2017-18, there are around 980 vacancies for UPSC Civil Services. It clearly shows that only few hard working students can get success in this UPSC examination and this all can be done not only by hard work but by a planned hard work.

Generally the number of vacancies varies every year. In this article we’re giving all important information regarding UPSC exam, like the required Qualification, number of attempts, age limit, number of vacancies and UPSC exam pattern, Since, this is the first step to clear your exam, ensure that you take note of every important imformation from this article below. Many Aspirants who are willing to crack UPSC exams, don’t know what is UPSC Exam. So, we have here provided the details of What is UPSC Exam.

 

UPSC Exam Eligibility

  • For the IAS, IFS & IPS, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For the IRS and other services, a candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

Educational Qualification for UPSC Examination

Here you can get details like Qualification for IAS, IFS & IPS from below. All candidates must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualifications:

  • A degree from a Central, State or Deemed university
  • A degree received through correspondence or distance education
  • A degree from an open university
  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to one of the above

UPSC Examination Age Limit

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on August 1 of the year of examination. For OBC  the upper age limit is 35, and for SC and ST the limit is 37 years.

Numbers of attempts for UPSC Exam

  • General category candidates: 4
  • OBC category candidates = 7
  • SC/ST Candidates = unlimited

STAGES IN CIVIL SERVICES EXAM | UPSC Exam Stages

UPSC Civil services exam is conducted in three phases and notification for exam comes in April and Prelims falls in August. The prelims result comes in September. The Mains exam falls in December and result is out mostly in Feb/ March

Stage I A preliminary examination or CSAT (Objective Section) consisting of two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test).

Stage II A main examination is subjective section, consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay)

After having understood the UPSC exam pattern, one needs to know the UPSC Syllabus, in order to start the preparation for UPSC Civil Services.

Interview After these two stages there is a Personality Test which is mostly conducted in months of March and April. Final result comes out in May/ June. One needs do focused preparation for UPSC Interview in order to crack the UPSC interview or IAS interview (also known as personality test).

 

 

UPSC Syllabus and Civil Services Exam Pattern

You can download UPSC Syllabus 2017-18 PDF in this article. UPSC conducts IAS or CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION in three phases –

  • A PRELIMINARY EXAM,
  • MAINS EXAM
  • PERSONALITY TEST (INTERVIEW).

 

IAS PRELIMS EXAM PATTERN | UPSC Syllabus for Prelims

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type (multiple-choice questions) carrying a maximum of 400 marks.
The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi

General Studies Paper – I  200 marks

 

General Studies Paper – II  200 marks

 

 UPSC Prelims Syllabus for Paper I – (200 marks)

Duration: Two hours (Counted for the merit rank in the Prelims)

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus for Paper II- (200 marks)

Duration: Two hours (Not counted for the merit rank in Prelims but a qualifying Paper; just needs 33% marks)

  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

 

IAS Mains Exam Pattern and Subjects | UPSC Syllabus for Mains

The written examination or UPSC Mains exam consists of nine papers, two qualifying papers and seven papers counted for ranking

Paper

Subject

Marks

Paper A

(One of the Indian languages listed below, to be selected by the candidate (from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India) (Qualifying) 300 marks

300

Paper B

English (Qualifying) 300 marks

300

Paper I

Essay 250marks

250

Paper II

General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society)250 marks

250

Paper III

General Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice, and international relations)250 marks

250

Paper-IV

General Studies III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security and disaster management) 250 marks

250

Paper V

General Studies-IV(ethics, integrity, and aptitude) 250 marks

250

Papers VI, VII

Two papers on subjects to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks for each paper) 500 marks

500

TOTAL(WRITTEN TEST) 1750 marks

1750

 

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given below.

  • The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English’.
  • The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

List of optional subjects for UPSC Mains Examination

 

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given below.

  • The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English’.
  • The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

List of optional subjects for UPSC Mains Examination

 

 

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given below.

  • The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English’.
  • The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

List of optional subjects for UPSC Mains Examination

 

 

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given below.

  • The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English’.
  • The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

List of optional subjects for UPSC Mains Examination

 

Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. Each paper will be of three hours duration. The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only.

 

PERSONALITY TEST: 275 MARKS

Total – (B) Main Examination – 1750 Marks + (C) Personality Test – 275 Marks = 2025 Marks.

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