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UPSC : Civil Services

Scheme of UPSC - Civil Services : Main Examination

Paper-I One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the VIIIth Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
Paper-II English (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
Paper-III Essay 200 Marks
Papers IV & V General Studies (300 Marks for each paper) 600 Marks
Papers VI, VII, VIII & IX Any two subjects (each having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (300 marks for each paper) 1200 Marks
Total Marks for Written Examination 2000 Marks
Interview Test 300 Marks
Grand Total 2300 Marks

Total Optional Subjects : 51

  1. Candidates have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers, viz, Paper-I and Paper-II, in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English
  2. Candidates who have opted for an Indian Language as language medium for the Main Examination have an option of being interviewed either in English or in the same language which they have opted for the Main Examination.
  3. 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.
  4. The papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects of only such candidates will be evaluated as attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion for the qualifying papers on Indian Language and English.
  5. The paper-I on Indian Languages will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachanl Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.
  6. For the Language papers, the script to be used by the candidates will be as under

List of optional subjects (Literature) for Civil Services Main Examination (Total 26)

Arabic Gujarati Manipuri Sanskrit
Assamese Hindi Nepali Sindhi
Bengali Kannada Oriya Tamil
Chinese Kashmiri Pali Telugu
English Konkani Persian Urdu
French Marathi Punjabi German
Malayalam Russian    

List of Optional Subjects - Civil Service Main Examination (Total 25)

Agriculture Mathematics Animal Husbandry & Vetinary Science
Mechanical Engineering Botany Medical Science
Chemistry Philosophy Civil Engineering
Physics Commerce & Accountancy Political Science & International Relations
Economics Psychology Electrical Engineering
Public Administration Geography Sociology
Geology Statistics Indian History
Zoology Law Management

  1. Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subjects:
    1. Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration;
    2. Commerce & Accountancy and Management;
    3. Anthropology and Sociology;
    4. Mathematics and Statistics;
    5. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
    6. Management and Public Administration;
    7. Of the Engineering subjects, viz., Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering–not more than one subject.
    8. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science.
  2. The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
  3. Each paper will be of three hours duration. Blind candidates will, however be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
  4. 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 in cluded in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English.
  5. 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.

  6. The question papers other than language papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

    The following table gives a fair idea of how the vacant seats are occupied with UPSC successful candidates. The table gives a a good amount of distribution statistical data for SC, ST, OBC and General Category candidates.

    Year Of Exam Vacancies Candidates Recommended
    1995 98 49 165 333 645 101 49 192 303 645
    1996 125 57 174 383 739 138 59 212 330 739
    1997 89 43 166 323 621 94 46 215 266 621
    1998 53 28 114 275 470 60 30 142 238 470
    1999 53 27 97 234 411 63 30 127 191 411
    2000 54 29 100 244 427 58 34 128 207 427
    2001 47 39 97 234 417 52 42 131 192 417
    2002 38 22 88 162 310 38 22 88 138 286

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