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CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION (CSE)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers

  • The FAQs are designed to provide a better understanding of common issues, and sometimes of fairly complex issues/topics and will often link to more detailed information.
  • This FAQ is for information purpose only and is not a substitute for Rules. The information provided here would not create any right on part of the individual candidate. In case, there is lack of clarity on any issue, the position indicated in the CSE Rules for the prevailing year governing the CSE would prevail.
  • The candidates are advised to visit DoPT’s website www.persmin.nic.in for information details about CSE, Service Allocation/Cadre Allocation, and Service Profile etc.

FAQ Categories

  • General Instructions on CSE
  • Eligibility condition of candidates for appearing in CSE
  • Reservation Issues
  • Medical Examination of candidates
  • Issues relating to candidates belonging to PH category
  • Service Allocation

General Instructions

  • Under which rules Civil Service Examination (CSE) is conducted?
  • Civil Services Examination (CSE) is conducted as per provisions contained in the Civil Service Examination Rules notified every year by the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India and published on the web-site of the Union Public
    Service Comission (UPSC).
  • Which agency is responsible for conducting the Civil Service Examination?
  • The Union Public Service Commission
  • What will be the number of vacancies to be filled on the basis of result of a particular Civil Services Examination?
  • The number of vacancies is specified in the notice issued by the Union Public Service Commission, after getting the details from various cadre controlling authorities (CCAs) for the services to which recruitment is made by the Central Government on the basis of Civil Services Examination (CSE).
  • To how many services am I eligible to be recruited on the basis CSE?

Recruitment is generally made to the following services on the basis of Civil Service Examination:

  • The Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Foreign Service (IFoS), Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Police Service (IPS), Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service (IAS), Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAS), Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise), (IAS) Gr. “A".
  • The Indian Defence Accounts Service (IAS), Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Revenue Service, (IT) Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’. (Asstt. Works Manager—Administration).
  • The Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner, Group ‘A’ in Railway Protection Force.
  • The Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
  • The Indian Information Service, Junior Grade Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. Ill).
  • Indian Corporate Law Service. Group ‘A’.
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep. Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service. Group ‘B’.
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
  • Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

The above mentioned services are categorized / classified into (i) Technical Services and (ii) Non-Technical services.
Based on your medical report, you are either eligible/fit only for all non-technical services (not fit for technical services), both eligible/fit for technical as well as all non-technical services (fit for all services) or eligible/fit for non-technical and some of the technical services or eligible/fit for none of the technical as well as non-technical service (unfit for all services).

What is a Technical Service?

Those services are treated as Technical Services which require special medical status in terms of vision, height, chest, chest expansion etc.
The Technical services under CSE are as follows.

  • The Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Railway Protection Force (RPF) Group A,
  • Indian Police Service, Gr. A,
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service. Group ‘B’.
  • Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’
  • Indian Ordinance Factories Service (IOFS) Group A.
Which are the Non-Technical services?

The Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’, Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) Gr. “A", Indian Revenue Service, (IT) Group ‘A’, Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’, Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’, Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’, Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’, The Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’, Indian Information Service, Junior Grade Group ‘A’ Indian Corporate Law Service. Group ‘A’, Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep. Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
Eligibility of candidates for appearing in CSE

Who is eligibility to appear in the Civil Service Examination?
  • For the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For other Services, a candidate must be either- –
    • a citizen of India, or
    • a subject of Nepal, or
    • a subject of Bhutan, or
    • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in
      India :

      • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India :
      • Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
      • A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

Which optional subject should I choose?

Many students opt for the scoring subjects. But before you choose a subject, keep in mind your interest and aptitude for the subject. Do not choose an entirely new subject in which you will have to work very hard. If you prepare the optional well for the Prelims and you choose the same subject in the Mains, it will prove to be useful and also save a lot of labour and time.

Where are the exams held?

The Prelims exam is held in a large number of important towns and cities across India. The actual list of cities are published along with the notification every year, but you will know your actual center (school, college, etc) only in your admit card. The Mains exam is held at fewer places, in the bigger cities. The list of centers is posted to you along with other relevant documents once you clear the Preliminary stage.

When are the Prelims exams held? What is the purpose of the Prelims?

Prelims are usually held by mid of May; however, with introduction of CSAT, it is being conducted in June this year. Prelims are basically screening test. Its marks are not added in the final test. This objective test has two papers:

Paper I – GS 200 marks

Paper II – CSAT 200 marks

There is the continuation of negative marking for wrong answer.

How much of newspapers and magazines should I read?

Read as much and as many newspapers and magazines as you can. It will help you with preparations for General Studies, and will help you in the interview stage also. However, keep a balance between the time you spend on your optional and selected papers. Read the daily headlines. Keep track of new laws and amendments to the Constitution. Keep abreast with the newsmakers in sports and politics. Read editorials regularly and concentrate on your Optional(s). The Hindu is the best newspaper. Read it if it is available in your city or town or village. If you have time in your hand, read Frontline (Magazine). Monthly magazines with a roundup of the monthly events can act as a fine supplement for daily newspapers.

Which books should I read?

Civil services are perhaps the toughest exams conducted in India. The key to reading is quality and not quantity. While reading, keep in mind the syllabus. However, the syllabus for both Prelims and Mains is very broad and vague. It does not give you an idea of the type of questions you can be actually asked. Therefore it is mandatory to keep an eye on the type of questions that are to be expected. Previous years’ question papers, and other sample papers are a must. For Geography, refer to our suggested book list.

What is the educational qualification needed to appear in IAS exam?

Any degree (graduation). It may be regular or distant. The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification..

When should I produce the proof of passing my graduation examination before UPSC?

All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination.

Can final year students of graduation apply for UPSC CSE?

Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination.

What is the educational qualification needed to appear in IAS exam?

Any degree (graduation). It may be regular or distant.
The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

What marks are reckoned for merit ranking in the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination?

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

Is the Indian language Paper compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim?

The paper on Indian Language (Paper A) will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim. 11

What are the Cut-off Marks for the compulsory language Papers?

SerThe minimum qualifying standards in each of the two Qualifying Papers i.e. English and Indian Languages is 25%.vices

Can a candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?

The candidates, opting for Indian Language medium for the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination may choose either the same Indian Language or English or Hindi as the medium for the interview. The candidates, opting to write the Civil Services (Main) Examination in English, may choose either English or Hindi or any other Indian Language opted by them for the compulsory Indian Language Paper in the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, as the medium for interview. The candidate has to indicate the language medium of their interview at the time of filling up of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) However, the candidates, who are exempted from the compulsory Indian Language Paper, will have to choose either English or Hindi as medium of Interview of Personality Test.

How are the Question Papers for the Civil Services (Main) Examination structured? What is the duration of each paper?

The question papers for the examination are of conventional (essay) type. Each paper are of three hours duration.

Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?

No, the Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth Schedule languages except the Qualifying Language papers Paper-A and Paper-B, which they have indicated at the time of filling up of their online application form for Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination.

Which is the language / medium of question papers?

The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) are set in bilingual i.e. Hindi and English only.

Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at graduate/post graduate level?

Yes.

What are the provisions for reservation for SC, ST, OBC and Physically Disabled candidates?

Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government. Civil Service (Main) Examination

What are the provisions regarding community reservation and change of community?

A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular community/ caste / tribe to which the candidates belong is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government. If a candidate indicates in his/her application form for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination that he/she belongs to General category but subsequently writes to the Commission to change his/her category to a reserved one, such request shall not be entertained by the Commission. Similar principle will also be followed for physically disabled categories.

What information should be given by persons already in Government Service to their Head of Office?

Persons already in Government Service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Sector Enterprises are required to submit an undertaking that they have informed their Head of Office/Department, in writing, that they have applied for the Examination. Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer, by the Commission, withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing in the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

What are the eligibility criteria in terms of physical requirements/ functional classification required for a Service/ Post?

The physically disabled candidates shall also be required to meet special eligibility criteria in terms of physical requirements/functional classification (abilities/disabilities) consistent with requirements of the identified Service/Post as may be prescribed by its Cadre Controlling Authorities. The details of physical requirement and functional classification are given in the Rules of Examination.

What is the eligibility for availing reservation by the Physically Disabled Persons?

The eligibility for availing reservation against the vacancies reserved for the physically disabled persons shall be the same as prescribed in “The Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.”

What are the minimum educational qualifications prescribed?

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or any other educational institution established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section- 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Is there negative marking at Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination?

Candidates should note that there will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers. There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. (i) 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.

What is the scheme of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination?

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each. (i) Both the question papers will be of objective type (multiple choice questions). (ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. (iii) Details of the syllabi will be provided in the Examination Notice and Gazette Notification published by the Government. (iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration. 8

If a candidate has applied for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination but has not appeared at any paper in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will it be counted as an attempt?

No, an attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.

Is an attempt at the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination (CSP) counted as an attempt at the Civil Service Examination (CSE) ?

(i) An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination. (ii) If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination. (iii) Notwithstanding the disqualification/ cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

What is the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination?

UPSC conducts Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other Central Services and posts in accordance with the Rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the Gazette of India Extraordinary. 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. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible to appear in the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination

What is the structure of the Civil Service Examination?

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) comprises of two successive stages: the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (CSP) and the Civil Services (Main) Examination (written and interview). 7 Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination