Scheme for the Civil Services (Main) Examinations

The format for Main Examination has 9 Question Papers; out of these first 2 papers are qualifying and rest 7 papers would be counted for merit.

Civil Services

Main Examinations

The Main (written) Examination will consist of the following papers:

Qualifying Papers 2 (Two)

Paper A & B

Paper A

One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution

300 Marks

Paper B

English

300 Marks

 

The following 7 (Seven) papers would be counted for Merit.

Paper I

Essay

250 Marks

Paper II

General Studies I

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

250 Marks

Paper III

General Studies II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

250 Marks

Paper IV

General Studies III

Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

250 Marks

Paper V

General Studies IV

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

250 Marks

Paper VI

Optional Subject Paper - 1

250 Marks

Paper VII

Optional Subject Paper - 2

250 Marks

Sub Total (Written Test) 

1750 Marks

Personality Test

275 Marks

Grand Total 

2025 Marks

{Candidates may choose any one of the optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given.

List of optional subjects for Main Examination

NOTE:

(i) The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) 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.

(ii) 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.

(iii) The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

(iv) Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper I‐VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.

(v) For the Language medium/ literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the candidates will be as under:-

Language

Script

Assamese

Assamese

Bengali

Bengali

Gujarati

Gujarati

Hindi

Devanagari

Kannada

Kannada

Kashmiri

Persian

Konkani

Devanagari

Malayalam

Malayalam

Manipuri

Bengali

Marathi

Devanagari

Nepali

Devanagari

Oriya

Oriya

Punjabi

Gurumukhi

Sanskrit

Devanagari

Sindhi

Devanagari or Arabic

Tamil

Tamil

Telugu

Telugu

Urdu

Persian

Bodo

Devanagari

Dogri

Devanagari

Maithilli

Devanagari

Santhali

Devanagari or Olchiki

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.

Last Update Monday 4th February 2019     

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