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EXAM PATTERN, SYLLABUS OF UPSC CIVIL SERVICES 2018

Preliminary Exam Pattern of CSE 2018:

  • The preliminary exam for UPSC Civil Services will have two papers with multiple choice questions.
  • Each of the two papers carries 200 marks. The two papers are:
    • General studies I and
    • General Studies II
  • Of these two papers, the General Studies Paper II shall be the qualifying paper with the least qualifying mark of 33%.
  • The question papers will have the question both in English and in Hindi.
  • Each paper will get the duration of two hours each. However, candidates with visual impairment and those with locomotor disabilities will be provided with additional 20 minutes for each one hour to complete the papers.
  • The preliminary test is for screening alone and the marks secured in this examination will not be considered for the final selection of candidates.
  • There will be negative marking for incorrect answers. The negative marking will be 0.33 or 1/3rd of the mark allocated for that specific question.
  • Each question will have four alternatives among which candidates will have to choose one. If more than a single option is selected, it will be considered the wrong answer and there will be negative marking.
  • There will not be any deduction of the mark for unattempted questions.

Main Examination:

  • The main examination will include both written test and interview.
  • There will be 9 papers for the written test, of which two papers will be qualifying papers.
  • The questions are conventional essay type questions in these 9 papers.
  • Two papers out of 9 are qualifying papers and 7 are counted for preparing a merit list of candidates. Here is a table that shows the details of papers in the main examination:

 S. No.

 Paper

 Subject

 Marks

1.

Paper – A Qualifying paper

One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate. The languages are those included in the 8th schedule to the Constitution.

300

2.

Paper – B Qualifying Paper

English

300

 

Papers to be counted for merit:

   

3.

Paper – I

Essay

250

4.

Paper – II

General Studies – I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society)

250

5.

Paper – III

General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, polity, social justice and international relations)

250

6.

Paper – IV

General Studies – III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security and disaster management)

250

7.

Paper – V

General Studies – IV (Ethics, integrity and aptitude)

250

8.

Paper – VI

Optional subject  - paper 1

250

9.

Paper – VII

Optional subject  - paper 2

250

  • In the main examination, the total marks for the written test are 1750.
  • The marks for personality test or interview is 275.
  • Total marks for the main examination is 2025.
  • As mentioned earlier, Paper A and Paper B are of qualifying nature. The questions in these papers will be of matriculation standard or equivalent. The marks obtained in these two papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • The minimum qualifying mark in Paper A and Paper B is 25 each.
  • When evaluating these two papers, if a candidate reaches more than 25 marks, his/her performance in the essay, general studies and optional papers in the main examination will also be evaluated simultaneously. For those, who have scored less than 25 marks in qualifying papers, their papers on general studies, essay and optional papers will not be evaluated.
  • The paper A on Indian language will not be applicable for candidates from the states of Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • For merit ranking, marks obtained in Papers I to VII will alone be considered. The commission reserves the right to fix the qualifying marks for each and all of these papers.
  • For the written test in the main examination, the test for each paper will be conducted for the duration of three hours.
  • The following is the list of scripts to be used by candidates for language papers:

 S. No.

 Language

 Script

1.

Assamese

Assamese

2.

Bengali

Bengali

3.

Gujarati

Gujarati

4.

Hindi

Devanagari

5.

Kannada

Kannada

6.

Kashmiri

Persian

7.

Konkani

Devanagari

8.

Malayalam

Malayalam

9.

Manipuri

Bengali

10.

Marathi

Devanagari

11.

Nepali

Devanagari

12.

Oriya

Oriya

13.

Punjabi

Gurumukhi

14.

Sanskrit

Devanagari

15.

Sindhi

Devanagari or Arabic

16.

Tamil

Tamil

17.

Telugu

Telugu

18.

Urdu

Persian

19.

Bodo

Devanagari

20.

Dogri

Devanagari

21.

Maithilli

Devanagari

22.

Santhali

Devanagari or Olchiki

  • For the 22nd language listed above, questions papers will be printed in Devanagari Script. But candidates have the liberty to answer either in Olchiki or in Devanagari script.

List of optional papers for Main Examination:

  • Candidates can choose any one of the following papers for the optional papers as per their desire:
    • 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 Sciences
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Political Science & international relations
    • Psychology
    • Public Administration
    • Sociology
    • Statistics
    • Zoology
    • Literature  of any one of the following 22 languages mentioned above and also English
  • Candidates have the option to answer the examination in any of the 22 languages except for Paper A and Paper B.
  • Also, candidates choosing any language other than English are recommended to write the technical terms if any in English in brackets when writing the examination.
  • Candidates can get complete details about the syllabus for each paper in preliminary and main examination once the notification is out.

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