Plan of Examination

As per the plan of examination, Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:

- Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and

- Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts. These have been clubbed together here as the final selection of any candidate depends upon the cumulative total of marks secured in Main Examination (Written) and Interview.

Preliminary Examination:

After more than 3 decades of pattern which involved 2 papers of General Studies and a optional paper, Preliminary Examination is now going to donning a new look from Civil Services Examination 2011. In this significant change the incoming system will provide a level-playing field and equity, since all candidates will have to attempt common papers.

As per the new pattern, the Preliminary Examination shall now comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of two hours duration each. The questions will be of multiple choices and objective type.

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.

Mains Examination (Written):

The number of candidates shortlisted for the Main Examination use to 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 UPSC to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

The Main Examination will consist of a written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects as per detail.

However, the papers on Indian Languages and English will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.


Candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the UPSC at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test.

The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and posts.


Last Update Tuesday 7th April 2015     

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