March 3, 2024
UPSC Exam Eligibility Criteria & Prelims & Mains

UPSC Exam Eligibility Criteria & Prelims & Mains

UPSC Syllabus

In this article, you will get explained the UPSC syllabus and UPSC exam pattern. This post will cover the subjects and schemes of the UPSC syllabus for the Civil Services Preliminary Examinations Syllabus and Civil Services Main Examinations Syllabus.

UPSC Syllabus for Preliminary Examinations.

Preliminary Examinations consist of two papers and both of them are compulsory and each comprises of 200 marks.
-These two papers are termed General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II.
-Both the question papers will be multiple-choice questions (objective type). This paper will be in two sets English and Hindi.
-Duration of each paper will be of two hours. In exceptional cases of the blind, disability, and cerebral palsy, you will get 20 minutes extra per hour in each paper.
-In Preliminary Examinations of General Studies Paper-II, you have to qualify for the exam with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

UPSC Syllabus for Preliminary Examination Paper I – (200 marks)

  • Current affairs and current events of international and national importance.
  • General science
  • General issues on Climate Change, Environmental Ecology, and Biodiversity (It doesn’t require subject specialization )
  • Indian National Movement and History of India.
  • World and Indian Geography- It contains Rights Issues, Physical Geography of India and the world, Economic Geography of India and the world, and Social Geography of India and the world.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Public Policy, Political System, Panchayati Raj, etc.
  • Social Development and Economic – It contains Social Sector initiatives, Sustainable Development, Inclusion, Demographics, and Poverty, etc.

UPSC Syllabus for Preliminary Examination Paper-II – (200 marks).Duration two hours.

  • Problem-solving and Decision-making
  • General mental ability
  • Comprehension
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. –Class X level), Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level). To download free NCERT Books from Class 5 to Class 12th Click here.
  • Analytical ability and Logical reasoning.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills

UPSC Syllabus for Main Examinations

Your rank in UPSC CSE will only depend on the Main Examinations and your Interview (Personality Test). Your UPSC CSE Main consists of 1750 marks and Interview (Personality Test) section consists of 275 marks.

Your UPSC syllabus for the main examination contains nine papers, but only seven papers are considered for final ranking. In the remaining two papers, you have to secure minimum marks which are declared by UPSC every year and

The Main Exam of UPSC Civil Services is a totally written examination and it consists of the following papers which are mentioned below.

Two papers which only qualifying papers and not counted for your final ranking.

1.Paper-A

(You have to select any one Indian Language from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Indian Constitution). Total Marks 300.

Note: – If you belong to Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh, these papers are not necessary for you.

2. Paper-B

English language. Total Marks 300.

UPSC syllabus and papers are counted for final merits.

Paper Subject and Content Marks
Paper-I Essay ( It Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice) 250
Paper-II  General Studies-I (Culture and Indian Heritage|History and Geography of the World and Society) 250
Paper- III General Studies –II (Constitution| Governance| Social Justice| Polity| and International relations) 250
Paper-IV General Studies –III (Economic Development| Technology| Environment| Biodiversity| Disaster Management and Security) 250
Paper-V General Studies –IV (Aptitude| Integrity| and Ethics) 250
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 250

 

Sub Total (Written test)   1750 Marks
Personality Test  275 Marks
Grand Total       2025 Marks

 Important Note regarding UPSC syllabus:-

  1. Your Paper A and Paper B which will be Indian languages and English papers respectively will be of matriculation level or equivalent standard to its level. Whatever marks you will obtain in this exam will not be counted for your ranking.
  2. Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.
  3. It is mandatory for you to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. You will be disqualified in case you did not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

UPSC Syllabus for Interview test

  • Qualified candidates from UPSC Main examination will be only eligible for interview tests or personality tests.
  • You will be interviewed by Board members who will have before them a record of your career. You will be asked questions on matters of general interest.
  • The objective of this interview is to assess your personal suitability for your further career in public service. This test will judge your mental caliber.
  • This interview test will reveal not only your intellectual qualities but also your social traits and your interest in current affairs.
  • Some of your qualities will be judged like intellectual and moral integrity, mental alertness, the ability for social cohesion and leadership, critical powers of assimilation, the balance of judgment, clear and logical exposition, variety, and depth of interest.
  • The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
  • Your interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge which has been already tested through their written papers. You are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in your special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around you both within and outside your own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should arouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

UPSC Syllabus for optional subjects PAPER-VI & PAPER VII

Optional Subject Papers I & II (Candidates may choose any optional subject from the given list) Click on the name of the subject and have a view of contains in the particular subject.
Optional Subjects UPSC Syllabus for Literature
AGRICULTURE (Anatomy| Pharmacology, and Hygiene) Assamese
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND VETERINARY SCIENCE Bengali
ANTHROPOLOGY Bodo
BOTANY Dogri
CHEMISTRY English
CIVIL ENGINEERING Gujarati
COMMERCE AND ACCOUNTANCY Hindi
ECONOMICS Kannada
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING   Kashmiri
GEOGRAPHY  Konkani
GEOLOGY   Maithili
HISTORY   Malayalam
LAW   Manipuri
MANAGEMENT   Marathi
MATHEMATICS   Nepali
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING   Oriya
MEDICAL SCIENCE Punjabi
PHILOSOPHY   Sanskrit
PHYSICS   Santhali
POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS   Sindhi
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION   Tamil
PSYCHOLOGY Telugu
STATICS Urdu and English.
SOCIOLOGY
ZOOLOGY

Some Deep Information about UPSC

UPSC

The abbreviation of UPSC is Union Public Service Commission which is an autonomous body that conducts various examinations for various posts in India.

Here is the list of various examinations conducted by UPSC.

Approximate notification of the examination of UPSC according to months of every year.

Serial Number Name Of Examination The approximate month of Notification
1 Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination ( May)
2 Civil Services (Main) Examination (Oct/Nov)
3 Indian Forest Service Examination (July)
4 Engineering Services Examination (June)
5 Geologist Examination (December)
6 Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination (July)
7 National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (April & September)
8 Combined Defence Services Examination (February & August)
9 Combined Medical Services Examination (January)
10 Indian Economic Service (November)
11 Indian Statistical Service Examination (November)
12 Section Officers/Stenographers (Grade-B/Grade-I) (December)
13 Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (December)
14 Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination (October)

In this post, you will know a step-by-step guide to applying for the civil services examination which is part of the UPSC Exam.

List of Posts which can be taken after giving UPSC civil services examination

Serial Number Name of Post Name of Group
(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service Group ‘A’.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service Group ‘A’.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) Group ‘A’.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service Group ‘A’.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.) Group ‘A’.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager and Administration) Group ‘A’
(x) Indian Postal Service Group ‘A’.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service Group ‘A’.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service Group ‘A’.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service Group ‘A’.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service Group ‘A’.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force Group ‘A’
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service Group ‘A’.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade) Group ‘A’.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service Group ‘A’ (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service Group “A”.
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
(xxi) Delhi |Andaman & Nicobar Islands | Lakshadweep |Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service Group ‘B’.
(xxii) Delhi /Andaman & Nicobar Islands| Lakshadweep | Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service  Group ‘B’.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service Group ‘B’.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service Group ‘B’.

How to apply for UPSC online

  1. You are requested to apply online for UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION through their official UPSC Online portal using the URL http://www.upsconline.nic.in. Step-by-step guidance to fill “Online Application Form” of UPSC CSE is given in this post and also you can find it on the above link.
  2. You are requested to apply only through online mode only no other mode LIKE Off-Line is allowed for submission of applications.

Negative Markings for wrong answers in UPSC Exam

  • The negative marking system is implemented in UPSC Exam in which, if you do any wrong answer in “Objective Type Question Papers” then marks will be deducted from your right answer.
  • For each question for which a wrong answer has been given you, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty from your right answer.
  • If you will give two answers to a single question and one out of them will be right, it will be treated as a wrong answer and a penalty will be imposed on your answer as negative marking will be implemented.
  • If you have not given any answer to the question, It will be not marked under penalty.

UPSC contact number, Helpdesk for UPSC aspirants for the guidance of candidates

If you need any help from UPSC while filling out your online application form or any clarification regarding your applications, candidature /information/guidance you can directly contact your UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near gate ‘C’ of its campus. You can also directly call UPSC over Telephone No. on working days between 10 AM to 5 PM.

  • 011-23381125
  • 011-23385271
  • 011-23098543

Use of Mobile phone in UPSC Exam

  1. You cannot use mobile phones, pagers, or any other electronic device which can be used for communication is not allowed to use. If someone is found violating the instruction of not using gadgets will be not allowed to give UPSC Exam and you will be banned from future examinations.
  2. You are advised not to bring any electronic gadgets, or any valuable articles as nothing will be allowed to take inside the UPSC Exam hall.

UPSC Exam Eligibility

Nationality

  • To apply for the post of the Indian Police Service and the Indian Administrative Service, You must be a citizen of India.
  • For other UPSC Services which are given above in the list, You must be anyone from the below points :
  1. Citizen of India
  2. A subject of Bhutan
  3. A subject of Nepal
  4. A refugee of Tibet who came to India before 1st Jan 1962 to permanently settle in India.
  5. You must be a person of Indian origin who migrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, East African countries of Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Malawi, and Zaire to permanently settle in India.
  • If you are belonging to the above categories in points 1,2,3,4 and 5, shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  • If you are belonging to the above categories in points 1,2,3,4 and 5, then you are also not eligible for an appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

Age limit of UPSC

  • You must be 21 years old and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st Aug of the present year.
  • The upper age limit is relaxable for the reserved category.

For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe.

  Five (5) years of extension in age limit for you if you belong to ST or SC Category.

For Other Backward Classes

Three (3) years of extension in age limit for you if you belong to the OBC category.

For Jammu and Kashmir

Five (5) years of extension in age limit for you if ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st December 1989.

For Defence and Military

  • Three (3) years > Five (5) Years of extension in age limit for you if Defence Services personnel are disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or any disturbed area.
  • Five (5) years of extension in age limit for you if you are ex-servicemen, ECOs/SSCOs, and Commissioned Officers who have served Military Service at least for five years till the present year.

Handicapped

  • Ten (10) years of extension in age limit for you if you are deaf, blind and orthopedically handicapped persons.

Proof to show Date of Birth in UPSC Exam

UPSC will accept the date of birth which would be entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University or an equivalent examination certificate.

You have to submit proof of birth at the time of applying to CSE Main.

A document which will not be accepted by UPSC for birth Proof

  1. Affidavits
  2. Horoscopes
  3. Birth extracts from Municipal Corporation etc.

Note- Once you have entered your date of birth while filling UPSC Online application and it would enter in the record of UPSC, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

UPSC Qualification

  • You must have done graduation in any field from any state or central University or any Private University which is recognized by the UGC act 1956.
  • Any deemed as a University under sec-3 UGC Act, 1956.
  • If you have appeared in the last year of graduation, then also you can apply for UPSC Preliminary Examination, If you get qualified in Preliminary Examination, You have to submit your passing mark sheet to UPSC before CSE Main in October/November of the present year.
  • If you have the professional and technical qualifications which are recognized by the Central / State Government as equivalent to the professional and technical degree would also be eligible for UPSC Exam.
  • If you are an M.B.B.S or any Medical professional you can submit your degree at the time of the Interview.

Number of UPSC attempts

  • If you belong to the Open/General category, you have six attempts for the UPSC Exam.
  • No restriction is applicable to you if you belong to SC or ST Category.
  • Nine (9) attempts are allowed to you if you belong to OBC Category.
  • If you are physically handicapped and you belong to the General/Open category then you will get 9 attempts in UPSC.
  • Your attempt at a Preliminary Examination will be counted as an attempt in Civil Services Examination.
  • Your appearance in the Examination, Your disqualification/ or cancellation of candidature will be counted in a number of attempts.

UPSC Exam Fees

  • UPSC Exam Fees are free for you if you belong to Scheduled Caste (SC) or Scheduled Tribe (ST).
  • UPSC Exam Fees are free for you if you are a Female or Physically Handicapped (PH) candidate.
  • If you do not belong to any of the above categories then you have to pay the sum of Rs. 100 as a UPSC Exam Fees.

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