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Name: Civil Services
Exam Full Name:: Civil Services Examination 2017-18
Category: UPSC Exams
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Civil Services


The Indian Civil Service serves as the backbone of India and carries great respect and responsibilities. India's best brains vie for entry into the Indian Civil Services as officers. Even though corporate jobs may offer the best of salaries and perks, a majority of youngsters and their parents still crave entry to the prestigious Indian Civil Services held by the UPSC.


The very fact that a big share of every year's top posts in the civil services exams are bagged by professionals from various streams, shows that the IAS is still the dream job for many. From this year a change is included by UPSC about the pattern of the Examination.The exam is conducted in two phases:

  1. Civil Service Preliminary Examination
  2. Civil Service Main Examination

 ADMIT CARD - The civil services preliminary examination, to select IAS and IPS officers among others, will be held in June instead of August next year.


The Civil Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Examination (UPSC) of Government of India for different civil services in Indian Govenment like:

  1. Indan Administrative Service
  2. Indain Foreign Service
  3. Indian Police Service 
  4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service (Group A)
  5. Indian Audit and accounts Service (Group A)
  6. Indian Custom and Central Excise Service (Group A)
  7. Indian Defence Accounts Service (Group A)
  8. Indian Revenue  Service (Group A)
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Group A)
  10. Indian Postal Service (Group A)
  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service (Group A)
  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service (Group A)
  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service (Group A)
  14. Indian Railway Personal Service (Group A)
  15. Post of Assistance Security Officer in Railway Protection Force (RPF) (Group A)
  16. Indian Defence Estates Service (Group A)
  17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade) (Group A)
  18. Railway Board Secretariat Service (Senior Officer's Grade) (Group B)
  19. Armed Forces Headquaters Civil Service (Senior Officer's Guide) (Group B)
  20. Customs Appraiser's Service (Group B)
  21. Delhi, Andaman & Nicober Islands, lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service and Police Service (Group B)
  22. Pondicherry Civil Service (Group B)



Exam Level

National level exam

Contact Information

Eligibility Criteria

Educational qualification:

Candidate must hold graduation degree from a recognised University.

Age Limit:

A Candidate must attain a age of 21 years and should not exceed by 32 years (General category candidates).

  • Relexation of 5 years is allowed for the SC Candidates.
  • Relexation 3 years is allowed for the OBC Candiates.

Number of vacancies = 980

Number of Attempts:

General category canditaes- 6 attempts

OBC category candidates- 9 attempts

SC/ST candidates- Unlimitied attemts till 37 years of age


The Civil Service Examination is going to be conducted in two stages as mentioned below:

  • Civil Service Preliminary Examination( Objective-type Questions) in order to select Candidate for Main Examination
  • Civil Service Main Examination (Written & Interview) in order to select Candidate for various services.

Aspirants can also choose literature of any of the 22 language list in 8th schedule and English as optional paper even if you have not studied the same in college level.Under the new pattern the marks obtained in English will not be counted for preparing final merit list for service selection of IAS,IPS,IFS,IRS etc

 Civil Service Preliminary Examination comprise two papers both will be of Objective-type.


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CSAT consists of two objective type papers. Each paper will carry 200 marks and will be of 2 hours duration. Paper 1 will cover general knowledge and general awareness topics. Paper 2 will have questions from topics such as numerical ability, data interpretation, logical reasoning, communication ability etc. 

Paper-I :

  1. Current Events.
  2. History of India and International Movement.
  3. Indian and World Geography.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance.
  5. Econimic and Social Development.
  6. General Science & Issues.

Duration: 2 Hours

Marks: 200


  1. Comprehension.
  2. Logical Reasoning & analytical reasoning.
  3. Decision-Making & problem solving.
  4. General Mental ability.
  5. Basics Numeracy.
  6. English LanguageComprehension skills.

Duration: 2 Hours

Marks: 200

Civil Service Main Examination will consists of following sets of paper:


        1. Essay paper(250 Marks)


General Studies-I(250 Marks)

  1. Indian Heritage and Culture
  2. History abd Geography of World and Society


General Studies-II  (250 Marks)

  1. Governance
  2. Constitution Polity
  3. Social Justice


General Studies-III (250 Marks)

  1. Technology
  2. Economic Development
  3. Bio-Diversity
  4. Environment
  5. Disaster Management


General Studies-VI (250 Marks)

  1. Aptitude
  2. Integrity
  3. Ethics


Optional Subject-1 (250 Marks)


Optional Subject-2 (250 Marks)

Personality Test (273 Marks)


  • Applications are invited for the Preliminary Examination Only.
  • The two qualifying papers of 300 marks each in any Modern Indian Language and in English as in previous years will be restored.
  • Candidates qualify Preliminary Exam are allowed to sit in the Main Exam which will be held in the month of December.

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