The UPSC Civil Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for entrance to the IAS, IPS, IFS and other Group 'A' and some Group B services, Every year.
The Civil Services Exam (CSE) consists of two successive stages: (i) Preliminary Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination (ii) Main Examination (Written and Interview).
Educational Qualification :
Age Limit & Attempts
A candidate should be between 21 - 32 years (both inclusive) as on the date mentioned under the UPSC examination notification. The upper age limit is relaxed up to a maximum of :
|Category||Age||Maximum No. Of attempts|
The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (CSP) also known as Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks. 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, are not counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination is 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 a year are eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
|SN||Paper||Mode||Nature||Duration (HRS)||No of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|2||CSAT||Qualifiying Paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%||Objective||2||80||200|