CIVIL SERVICES EXAM 2014 DETAILS

Important Dates for Civil Services Examination 2014

Date of notification 31.05.2014
Last date for receipt of applications 30.06.2014
Date of Preliminary Exam 24.08.2014 (Sunday)

CIVIL SERVICES EXAM 2014

The Civil Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India, an autonomous entity established in 1950 under Article 315 of the Constitution of India. Every year, the UPSC conducts examinations for recruitment to the Indian Civil Service for posts given below

Indian Administrative Service
India Foreign Service
Indian Police Service

Group A Group B
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Indian Customs and Central Excise Service
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, non-technical)
  • Indian Postal Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Posts of Assistant Security Officer in Railway Protection Force (RPF)
  • Indian Defence Estates Service
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
  • Railway Board Secretariat Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Customs Appraisers’ Service
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service and Police Service
  • Pondicherry Civil Service

Plan of Examination


The examination is conducted in three stages

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Civil Services (Main) Examinations conducted for candidates selected in the preliminary examination.
  3. Those who are selected in the main examination are eligible to appear before the Interview Board.
Preliminary Exam

Prelims shall now comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each i.e. 1. General Studies (Paper 1). 2. CSAT (Paper 2) of two hours duration each. The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

Test Duration & Pattern (Preliminary Examination 2014)

Paper I : General Studies (GS) – 200 marks – 2 hours

Subject Area
  • Current events of national & international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography – Phsical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the world
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Right Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmentel Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation
  • General Science
  • Negative Marking: 1/3rd of marks allotted for every question

Paper II : Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) – 200 marks – 2 hours

Subject Area
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability
  • Decision-making & Problem-solving
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic Numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (CLass X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X Level) English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level)
  • Negative Marking: 1/3rd of marks allotted for every question
Mains Exam

The Main Written Examination is only for candidates who have been short listed through the Preliminary Examination. This exam consists of seven papers.

Paper-I
Section 1 Essay 200 Marks
Section 2 English Comprehension
& English Precis (Of Matriculation/ Xth standard level)
100 Marks
Paper-II
General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250Marks
Paper-III
General Studies –II(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250Marks
Paper-IV
General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250Marks
Paper-V
General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250Marks
Paper-VI
Optional Subject – Paper 1 250Marks
Paper-VII
Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) 1800 Marks
Personality Test 275 Marks.
Grand Total 2075 Marks

(Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given in para 2 below (Group 1). However, a candidate can opt for the literatures of a language, indicated in Group-2below para 2, as an optional subject, only if the candidate has graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject).

NOTE:

  1. Marks obtained by the candidates for all papers (Paper I-VII) will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all papers of the examination.
  2. 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.

List of optional subjects for Main Examination:

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

Literature of any one of the following languages:

  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Bodo
  • Dogri
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Maithili
  • Malayalam
  • Manipuri
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Santhali
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • English

NOTE:

  1. The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
  2. Each paper will be of three hours duration.
  3. Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except Section 2 of the Paper-I (English comprehension and English précis) in English or Hindi. If the candidate has had his/ her graduation in any of the following language mediums using the particular language medium for qualifying the graduate level examination, then he/she may opt for that particular language medium to answer all the question papers, except Section 2 of the Paper-I (English comprehension and English précis).

    Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam,

    Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu

  4. However, in the interest of maintaining the quality and standards of examination, a minimum number of 25 (twenty-five) candidates should opt for a specific language medium for answering the question papers in that language medium. In case there are less than 25 (twenty five) candidates opting for any approved language medium (other than English or Hindi), then those candidates will be required to write their examination either in Hindi or in English only.
  5. Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the languages mentioned above 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 unauthorized medium.
  6. The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only.
  7. The details of the syllabi are set out in Part B of Section III.

Interview test

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

Eligibility Criteria

Nationality
  • Only Indian nationals are eligible for IAS and IPS.
  • For other services a candidate can be either of the following:
    • a citizen of India
    • a subject of Nepal
    • a subject of Bhutan
    • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam, Zaire or Zambia with the intention of permanently settling in India. Candidates belonging to either categories of b., c., d. or e., must produce an eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India. Those who belong to either of b., c., or d., categories are not eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
Qualifications
  • A degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equivalent qualification.
    * Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination. All such candidates who qualify to appear for the Civil Services Main Examination must produce proof of having passed the said examination along with their application for the Main Examination.
  • The UPSC may in exceptional cases treat a candidate without the foregoing requisite qualification as an eligible candidate if he / she has passed an examination conducted by other institutions, the standard of which justifies his / her admission in the opinion of the Commission.
  • Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
  • Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination. However they must submit along with their Main Examination application, a certificate from the concerned authority of the University / Institution that they have passed the final professional medical examination. At the Interview stage they must then produce a certificate from a competent authority that they have completed (including internship) all the requirements for the award of the Medical Degree.
Age Limit
  • A candidate must have attained 21 years and not be over 32 years on August 1 of the year of examination.
  • The upper age limit is relaxed in specific cases as mentioned below:
    • upto a maximum of 5 years if the candidate belongs to SC/ST.
    • upto a maximum of 3 years if the candidate belongs to Other Backward Classes.
    • upto a maximum of 5 years if the candidate had been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the period between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989.
    • upto a maximum of 3 years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled during hostilities with foreign countries or in a disturbed area and consequently released.
    • upto a maximum of 5 years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on August 1 of the year of examination and have been released:
      • - on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from August 1 of the year of examination) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or
      • - on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or
      • - on invalidment.
    • upto a maximum of 5 years in the case of ECOs / SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment (5 years Military Service) as on August 1 of the year of examination and whose assignment has been extended beyond 5 years. Such candidates will have to provide a certificate from the Ministry of Defence stating that they can apply for civil employment and they will be released on a notice of 3 months, upon selection, from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
    • upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped candidates.

Examination Centres

  • Agartala
  • Ahmedabad
  • Aizawl
  • Allahabad
  • Alligarh
  • Aurangabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bhopal
  • Bareilly
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Cuttack
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Dharwar
  • Dispur
  • Gangtok
  • Hyderabad
  • Imphal
  • Itanagar
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Jodhpur
  • Jorhat
  • Kochi
  • Kohima
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Madurai
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Panaji (Goa)
  • Patna
  • Port Blair
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Sambalpur
  • Shillong
  • Shimla
  • Srinagar
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Tirupati
  • Udaipur
  • Vishakhapatnam