Scheme for the Main Examinations 2012

The scheme for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test announced in the notification.

Main Examination (Written)

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 shown below

The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Paper I

One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Scheduled to the Constitution.

300 marks

Paper II

English

 300 marks

Paper III

Essay 

 200 marks

Papers IV and V

General Studies

300 marks for each paper

Papers VI, VII, VIII and IX

Any two subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects. Each subject will have two papers.

300 marks for each paper

Interview Test will carry 300 marks.

NOTE

  • The papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature; the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • Evaluation of the papers, namely, 'Essay, 'General Studies' and Optional Subjects of all 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 Subjects' of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of as attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on 'Indian language' and 'English' and, therefore, the marks in 'Essay' 'General studies and Optional subjects' will not be disclosed to those candidates who fail to obtain such minimum qualifying standard in 'Indian language and 'English'.
  • The paper-I on Indian Languages will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur,
  • Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.
  • For the Language papers, the script to be used by the candidates will be as under :–

:–

Language

Script

Assamese

Assamese

Bengali

Bengali

Bodo

Devanagari

Dogri

Devanagari

Gujarati

Gujarati

Hindi

Devanagari

Kannada

Kannada

Kashmiri

Persian

Konkani

Devanagari

Maithili

Devanagari

Malayalam

Malayalam

Manipuri

Bengali

Marathi

Devanagari

Nepali

Devanagari

Oriya

Oriya

Punjabi

Gurumukhi

Sanskrit

Devanagari

Santali

Devanagari or Olchiki

Sindhi

Devanagari or Arabic

Tamil

Tamil

Telugu

Telugu

Urdu

Persian

NOTE : For Santali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

List of Optional Subjects

 

  • The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
  • Each paper will be of three hours duration. Blind candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
  • Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers viz. Papers I and II above in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English.
  • Candidates exercising the option to answer papers III to IX in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them.
  • Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases, their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorised medium.
  • The question papers other than language papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
Last Update Saturday 4th February 2012     

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