Eligibility Criteria for CIVIL SERVICES EXAM
Min. Age limit =21 yrs                                                                                                                                                    Qualification = Bachelor’s Degree
General 32 yrs 6
OBC 35 yrs 9
SC/ST 37 yrs As many as up to age limit
Physically disabled (orthopaedic/deaf-mute/blind) 42 yrs Gen-9, OBC-9,SC/ST As many as up to age limit
Jammu and Kashmir Gen-37/OBC-42, SC/ST-42, PH-50 Depending on the above category Viz, Gen, OBC, SC/ST, Disabled.
Ex-Serviceman with five years duty Gen-37/OBC-42, SC/ST-42


  1. Preliminary Examination
    • The preliminary examination aims at judging the abilities and aptitude of candidates.
    • On the basis of the marks obtained by the candidates in the Preliminary Examination, the candidates will be declared qualified for admission to the Mains Examination. But the marks obtained in preliminary Examination, will not be counted for determining the final order of merit. Thus these two papers Paper I-General Studies and Paper II- CSAT will be qualifying in nature. These papers are objective type papers in nature (multiple choice questions) and carrying 200 marks each.
    • Both these papers will be of matriculation or equivalent standard. Candidate will qualify for Civil Services (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General studies Paper-II.
    • There will be negative marking for incorrect answers. But decision making section does not have negative marking.
    • The total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper I & Paper II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the commission.
    Pattern of Preliminary Examination
    Prelims Paper Duration No. of Questions Marks
    Paper 1- General Studies 2 Hours 100 200
    Paper 2- CSAT 2 Hours 80 200
    Total 400
  2. Mains examination
    • The written examination will consists of the following papers:

      B (i) Compulsory Qualifying Papers

    • Paper- A Language      300 Marks
    • One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. (Not compulsory for candidates hailing from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.)
    • Paper – B English      300 Marks
    • 25% marks in ‘Indian Languages & 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these compulsory qualifying papers.

    B (ii) Compulsory Papers to be counted for merit
    Paper Subject Marks
    Paper I Essay 250
    Paper II General Studies-I {Indian Heritage and culture, History and Geography of the World and Social Issues} 250
    Paper III General Studies-II {Governance, constitution, Polity, Social justice and International Relations} 250
    Paper IV General Studies-III {Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management} 250
    Paper V General Studies-IV {Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude} 250
    Paper VI Optional Subjects – Paper I 250
    Paper VII Optional Subjects – Paper II 250
    SUB TOTAL 1750
    Interview (Personality Test) 275
    Grand Total 2025

  3. Interview (Personality Test)
    • After the declaration of civil services main examination, an interview is organized for successful candidates.
    • UPSC selects the candidates for interview twice the number of vacancies to be filled.
    • Interview Guidance Programme conducted by Samkalp is the most acclaimed programme at our HQ New Delhi.
      • In the year 2017, UPSC Civil Services Results, students associated with Samkalp exhibited glorious performance. Out of a total of 1099 students selected by the UPSC, 662 students were from Samkalp.
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