Clearing UPSC is a dream for every graduate in India. UPSC CSE is considered India’s toughest examination due to its examination structure and low success rate. This guide will sail you across the details of the civil service examination.
The exam is conducted by Union Public Service commission (UPSC) every year. There are three stages in the examination:
The pre exam is the first stage. It consists of two exams: CSAT and General Awareness exam. Both exams in pre stage are objective type ( multiple choice questions). Maximum marks for pre exam is 200 marks each.
The Marks secured in Preliminary Exam are not taken into account while preparing the final merit.It is just for screening of candidates towards the next stage. The duration of the exam is 2hr each and there is a negative marking of 1/3rd of a mark assigned to questions. The two papers are:
No of questions are – 100
Max Marks – 200
Time Allowed – 2hr
Negative Marking – 1/3
No of questions are – 80
Max marks – 200
Negative marking – ⅓
Time allowed – 2hr
GS Paper – II is a qualifying paper with minimum 33% marks. Both the papers are mandatory for clearing stage 1.
After getting through pre exam candidates are selected for the mains exam,which is a descriptive written examination. Mains examination is divided into two parts: qualifying paper and merit weightage paper.
There are two papers in the qualifying segment. Paper 1 is of Compulsory english language. Paper 2 is of Indian language (any one language to be selected by the candidate from languages included in the 8th schedule of the Indian constitution. Max marks for both the papers is 300 out of which qualifying percentage of 33% in each is necessary for clearing these two papers. Moreover the marks obtained in these papers are not included in final merit.
There are a total of seven papers in this segment out of which 6 papers are descriptive and 1 is objective type. Each paper is of 250 marks.
|Paper II||General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)|
|Paper III||General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)|
|Paper IV||General Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)|
|Paper V||General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)|
|Paper VI||Optional Paper 1|
|Paper VII||Optional Paper 2|
These 7 papers make up the total of 1750 marks for the mains. The mains exam consists of two optional paper one descriptive type and one objective type, the candidates can choose from the 26 subjects provided by the UPSC.
The interview is the last stage worth 275 marks after which the total becomes 2025. The candidates double the no of vacancies are selected for an interview which creates a 50-50 chance of selection among the candidates. In the interview candidate’s mental calibre, intellectual qualities and social traits are tested. After the interview merit list is formed on the basis of the marks secured by the candidate and rank is calculated. Service is allotted to the candidates on the basis of rank and preference. Following is the list of posts.