IAS (Civil Services)

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Plan & Scheme of Examination
(Civil Services)

Plan of Examination:

1. The Civil Services examination comprises two successive stages:

(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type)

(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview)

2. The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.
3. This Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only.
4. 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.
5. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.
6. The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test.
7. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type. Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VII) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

Scheme for Preliminary and Main Examinations:

Sl.
No.
SUBJECT
DURATION
MAX.
MARKS
Prelims
1.
Paper-I
2 hrs.
200
2.
Paper-II
2 hrs.
200
Mains
1.
Qualifying papers
a.
Paper A – Indian language
3 hrs.
300
b.
Paper B – English
3 hrs.
300
Papers that will be counted for merit
2.
Paper-I: Essay
3 hrs.
250
3.
Paper-II: General Studies-I
3 hrs.
250
4.
Paper-III: General Studies-II
3 hrs.
250
5.
Paper-IV: General Studies-III
3 hrs.
250
6.
Paper-V: General Studies-IV
3 hrs.
250
7.
Paper-VI: Optional Subject – Paper 1
3 hrs.
250
8.
Paper-VII: Optional Subject – Paper 2
3 hrs.
250
Sub Total (Written test)
1750
9.
Personality Test
275
Grand Total
2025

A. Preliminary Examination:

(1.) The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

(2.) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

(3.) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However,

questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

(4.) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will however; be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.

(5.) It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

Think before Ink: There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below) for all questions except some of the questions where the negative-marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.

(i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

(iii) If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

B. Main Examination:

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

(1.) 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.

(2.) 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 who attain 30% marks in Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.

(3.) 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.

(4.) Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper-I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.

(5.) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.

(6.) Each paper will be of three hours duration.

(7.) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language papers Paper-A and Paper-B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India or in English.

(8.) Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the languages mentioned below may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases; their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.

(9.) The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only.

(10.) If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him.

(11.) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.

(12.) Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.

(13.) In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.

(14.) Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.

(15.) Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates.

(16.) For the Language medium/literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the candidates will be as under:

Language
Script
Assamese
Assamese
Bengali
Bengali
Bodo
Devanagari
Dogri
Devanagari
Gujarati
Gujarati
Hindi
Hindi
Kannada
Devanagari
Kashmiri
Kashmiri
Konkani
Devanagari
Maithili
Devanagari
Malayalam
Malayalam
Manipuri
Bengali
Marathi
Devanagari
Nepali
Devanagari
Oriya
Oriya
Punjabi
Gurumukhi
Sanskrit
Devanagari
Santali
Devanagari or Olchiki
Sindhi(Arabic)
Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil
Tamil
Telugu
Telugu
Urdu
Persian

Note: For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

List of optional subjects for Main Examination:

1. 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, Santhali,Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

1. Agriculture
2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
3. Anthropology
4. Botany
5. Chemistry
6. Civil Engineering
7. Commerce and Accountancy
8. Economics
9. Electrical Engineering
10.Geography
11.Geology
12.History
13.Law
14.Management
15.Mathematics
16.Mechanical Engineering
17.Medical Science
18.Philosophy
19.Physics
20.Political Science and International Relations
21.Psychology
22.Public Administration
23.Sociology
24.Statistics
25.Zoology

C. Interview test

1. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

2. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

3. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.
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