Ans.- Civil Services Examination is a 3-stage examination held every year
Stage 1 – Preliminary Test
Stage 2 – Main Exam
Stage 3 – Personality Test / Interview
Stage 1 – Preliminary Test – consists of objective questions with penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers. (This year the Prelim exam would be held on 7th August 2016)
Paper 1 – General Studies (200 marks) 2 hours
Paper 2 – CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) (200 marks) 2 hours (This will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%)
There is a cut-off in the Preliminary Test which varies every year and is decided by the UPSC.
Stage 2 — The Main Exam (Subjective papers of 1750 marks) consists of 9 papers which are usually held from early December for around 5-7 days. The current pattern of Main examination is as follows:
Paper 1 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper 2 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper 3 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper 4 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper 1 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper 2 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Essay – 250 marks (3 hours)
English Language 300 marks (qualifying paper; marks not included in Main Exam)
Indian Language 300 marks (qualifying paper; marks not included in Main Exam)
Stage 3 — Students who qualify for Interview are called by the UPSC in March or April. The Interviews usually start 2 weeks after the Main Exam results are announced. The duration of Interviews is around 60 days
Ans.- This is computed on the basis of the total marks scored by candidates in Main Examination (1750) and Personality Test or Interview (275). The final result is declared in May.
Final Ranking and Service allocation is based on the combined marks scored in Main Examination (1750) and Interview (275) and on the preferences given by the candidates at the time of filling up of the Main Examination application form.
A- UPSC publishes the advertisement for holding the Civil Services Examination every year, for 2017 notification will be published on 22/02/2017 and last day for receipt of application would be 17/03/2017 and the Preliminary Test to be held on 18th June(Sunday) 2017.
Ans. – Students must be degree holders or graduates (degree recognized by University Grants Commission) to appear for this Examination. Indian students holding a foreign degree need to ensure that their degree is accredited or recognized by UGC.
Ans.- Candidates belonging to General category and OBC (creamy layer) must have attained the age of 21 on 1st August of the year of the Exam but must not have attained the age of 32 on 1st August of the year of the Exam.
Candidates belonging to OBC (non creamy layer) category must have attained the age of 21 on 1st August of the year of the Exam but must not have attained the age of 35 on 1st August of the year of the Exam.
Candidates belonging to SC category must have attained the age of 21 on 1st August of the year of the Exam but must not have attained the age of 37 on 1st August of the year of the Exam.
Candidates belonging to ST category must have attained the age of 21 on 1st August of the year of the Exam but must not have attained the age of 37 on 1st August of the year of the Exam.
Ans. – General category and OBC (creamy layer) category have a maximum of 6 attempts.
OBC (non creamy layer) have a maximum of 9 attempts
For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe category candidates there is no limit on the number of attempts till they attain the age of 37 years.
Students belonging to OBC/SC/ST can give the first 4 attempts as General category candidates (if they so desire) and thereafter they can avail the relaxation in the number of attempts by availing the category benefits.
Ans. – The number of vacancies reported by Union Public Service Commission varies every year. The number of vacancies per year in the last 5 years had varied between 800 and 1300.
Ans. – Every year, for the 1st stage (Preliminary Test), the number of students aspiring for the UPSC Civil Services has gone up to more than 600,000 who fill the form and the number of people appearing in the preliminary exam are about 400,000. Out of the 4 lakh candidates appearing in the Preliminary Examination, the number of candidates qualifying is dependent on the number of vacancies in the Civil Services advertised that year. To give an example, if the advertisement is for 1000 vacancies, then about 13,000 candidates would be called (qualified) by the UPSC to appear in the Main exam & the number of candidates who will qualify the Main examination to appear in the Interview would be about 3000.
Ans. – UPSC CIVIL SERVICES TIMELINE
For Students appearing for Civil Services Exam 2017
Date of Prelim Exam- 18th June 2017
Result of Prelim Exam – August 2017
Commencement of Main Exam – 28th October 2017 (duration of Main Exam – 7/8 days)
Declaration of Main Exam results – January 2018
Personality Test- February, March & April 2018
Declaration of Final merit list – mid April 2018
Ans. – Students have to choose any one optional subject from a list of the following optional subjects. Students can also opt for literature subject as an optional, if they so desire.
Optional subjects (26) offered by UPSC
Agriculture; Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science; Anthropology; Botany; Chemistry; Civil- Engg. ; Commerce & Accounts; Economics; Electrical Engg. ; Geography; Geology; History; Law ; Management ; Mathematics; Mechanical Engg. ; Medical Science ;Philosophy ; Physics; Political Science & International Relations ; Psychology ; Public Admin ; Sociology; Statistics ; Zoology
Literature of any one of the following languages (30)
Arabic, Assamese, Bodo, Bengali, Chinese, Dogri, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi,
Tamil, Telugu, Urdu
Ans.- Ideally the Main Examination preparation needs to be done before the preparation of Preliminary Examination.
Ideally the Optional Subject preparation has to be done before the preparation of Preliminary Examination. The primary reason being lack of time between Preliminary Exam and Main Exam (which is around 4 months before Main exam and only around 2 and half months before declaration of Preliminary Examination result). The time of (4 months or 2 and half months) is insufficient for any preparation from ground-up for both the GS as well as Optional subject. The available time is only sufficient for revision of GS and Optional subject and appearing in mock tests in GS and the Optional subject.
Students are advised to prepare General Studies (Preliminary+ Main) simultaneously and choose to study either CSAT or Optional Subject simultaneously along with their 9 month course in General Studies. For example, through the 9 month course in G.S, a student can join an Optional Subject initially for 4 months and then upon completion of optional subject, prepare for CSAT or vice versa.
Paper I – (200 marks) 2 hrs (General Studies)
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
Paper II – (200 marks) 2 hrs (CSAT – Civil Services Aptitude Test)
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)
English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)
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)
The questions will be objective in nature; Multiple choice questions
The Syllabus of GS (Main) and Main Optional subjects is available in the Syllabus section
Ans.- Subjects offered at Utthan IAS Academy are General Studies (Paper I through IV), Essay, History, Philosophy, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology.