Overview / Scheme of Civil Services Examination
Civil Services Examination
Civil Services Examination, also popularly known as IAS Exam, is the most prestigious exam in India. Students across India strive very hard to clear this exam as the selected candidates get the opportunity to join the coveted government jobs with high respect and good salary with great perks. This exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission or UPSC.
We give below an overview of the scheme of civil services examination, which is applicable for 2012. The guidelines broadly remain the same. However, candidates must check the details from the advertisement of UPSC for the year in which they intend to apply / appear.
Educational Qualification :
Degree of a Recognised university or equivalent. [Candidates appearing in the requisite degree qualification are also eligible for appearing in the examination. However such candidates are required to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification alongwith the Detailed Application Form for Civil Services (Main) examination.
Age Limit :
21 to 30 years as on 1st August of the year of the examination [Some categories of persons are eligible for age relaxation. Candidates can check the details in the relevant advertisement]
Examination Scheme :
The Civil Services Examination consists of two successive stages -
Scheme of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination :
This part of the examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions). There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each. The question papers are be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills are tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation. Each paper is of two hours duration. Blind candidates are allowed extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.
This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
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