Modern Governments are responsible for performing a wide variety of functions dealing with defence, law and order, humanitarian concerns, cultural Development etc. To formulate and execute the policies with all their infinite variety and complexity, effectively and efficiently the government must have a well groomed, purposeful and honest beaurocratic structure manned by intelligent, responsible, talented and expert cadre of civil servants/public administrators. Thus the role of a civil servant or public administrator has become crucial and inevitable for good governance.
The Indian Civil Service is the backbone of the Indian government machinery. All the major central and state administrative departments come under the Civil services. The three types of services recruited through the Civil Services Examination (CSE) are All India Services, Central Services, and State Services.
List of services under Civil Services is as below:
- All India Services
- Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
- Indian Police Services (IPS)
- Central Civil Services (Group A)
- Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
- Indian Revenue Service (IRS) – Income Tax, Customs and Central Excise
- Indian Audits & Accounts Service (IAAS)
- Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
- Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
- Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
- Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
- Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
- Indian Defence Estate Service (IDES)
- Indian Information Service (IIS)
- Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
- Railways Protection Force (RPF)
- Central Civil Services (Group B)
- Union Territories Administrative Service
- Union Territories Police Service
- Central Secretariat Service
- Defence Secretariat Service
The Civil Services examination is one of the most prestigious examinations conducted by UPSC.
Historically it has been the most sought after career for young and talented individuals. Despite the rising popularity of IT and management, career Civil ServiceExamination has not lost its prestige value. Civil Services are also popularly known as the IAS exam or the UPSC exam and considered one the toughest competitive exams in the world with a success rate of just 0.1%.
The examination procedure consists of three phases.
- Preliminary (held in June)
- Main (held in October)
- Personal Interview (held in Feb – March).
The whole process of selection takes almost one year.
- a) Minimum Educational Qualification: The candidate must hold a degree of any recognized university.
- b) Age Limit (as on 1-8-2015):
Minimum: 21 years for all candidates
Maximum: 32 years
The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
- Upto a maximum of Five years if a candidate belongs to SC/ST/SC (A).
- ii) Upto a maximum of Three years in the case of candidates belonging to BC/BC(M)/MBC/DNC.
iii) Upto a maximum of Ten years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically
Handicapped persons. (General Category).
Choice of Subject:
Normally one should select optional, subject which he/she is familiar with, or has at least studied till the graduate level. If you are not comfortable with the subject, you should not select the subject as an optional. But the choice should not only be as per your interest but also be based on the study material available. Even science and engineering students take up subjects like history, sociology, anthropology, geography, political science, psychology and public administration because there is a huge amount of study material available on these subjects. Also keep in mind that you may have been proficient in a subject, but lack of touch may make it tougher to crack a technical subject where fresher may do better. The competition is among the people who have opted for the same subject.
Analyze the syllabus of previous years and the question papers, and note past trends. So, it all depends on how much time you can spend a day reading and your liking of the subject. If you have a very good memory then a technical subject may help else a descriptive subject would be better. Lastly look for overlap in subjects like, sociology and public administration, history and political science etc. In the CS (M) examinations, candidate has the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the scheduled languages.
No of Attempts:
- Civil Service Examination – General-6, OBC-9, SC/ST- No restriction
There is no restriction on number of attempts in any other Examination conducted by the Commission.
An attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in CS (P) Examination.
Civil Services Preliminary Exam (Aptitude Test)
The Preliminary Examination is popularly called CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test.
A very important point to be noted is that there is Negative Marking in the prelims and 1/3rd of marks allotted for every question is reduced from your score if you get it wrong. So do not guess!
Note: 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 will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year are eligible for writing the Main Examination of that year.
Preliminary Examination Syllabus 2015
Syllabus of Paper I -(200 marks) Duration: Two hours
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization
- General Science
Syllabus for Paper II-(200 marks) Duration: Two hours
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability
- Decision making and 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).
Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.The questions will be of multiple choices, objective type.
Note: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.
The Civil Services Main examination held in December of every year is designed to test the academic talent of the aspirant, also his/her ability to present his/ her knowledge in a clear and coherent manner. The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.
There are 7 + 2 = 9 papers to be answered in the main examination. All of them are of descriptive type. There are two qualifying papers.
|Paper A||Language (Qualifying)||300||3|
|Paper B||English (Qualifying) Compulsory English||300||3|
|Paper I||Essay (Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice )||250||2|
|Paper II||General Studies I (Indian Heritage and Culture,History and Geography of the World and Society)||250||3|
|Paper III||General Studies II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)||250||3|
|Paper IV||General Studies III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)||250||3|
|Paper V||General Studies III (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)||250||3|
|Paper VI||Optional Subject Paper 1||250||3|
|Paper VII||Optional Subject Paper 2||250||3|
|Interview (Personality Test)||275|
|Grand Total||2025||A candidate is allowed to use any one language from the 8thSchedule of the Constitution or English as the medium of writing the examination. However, the question papers are set only in Hindi and English.|
The candidates who get through the mains have to appear for the personal interview test which, in fact, is a part of the mains exam. Questions on matters of general interest are asked here. The aim of this test is to assess the aptitude, spontaneity and presence of mind of the candidate for placement in Civil Services. Apart from intellectual qualities, mental alertness, critical power of assimilation and logical exposition, balance of judgment, communication skills, variety and depths of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, moral interest, etc., of the candidate are assessed at the interview.
For more information on specifics of CSE you can log on to www.civilservices.com
The role of PRIME is to groom the candidates for their preparation of this exam in a comprehensive manner and to withstand the ever uncertainty that the commission comes up in the examinations. PRIME can lessen your time and efforts to get into the services, and create a huge difference.
The current question papers and the old ones are thoroughly evaluated and analyzed in order to get a thorough hindsight of the changing nature of the pattern of this exam. Also, newer books and material in the market are installed in our library for the study of our professors and to our students.
The aim or goal of this institution is to provide high quality training for UPSC Civil Service Aspirants through personalized coaching supported by Eminent Faculty.
- Guiding the candidates, including the in-service professionals, taking on IAS, KAS and other competitive examinations.
- Training the aspirants throughout the year including Sundays and other Government holidays.
- Instructing the young minds through the services of eminent Scholars Guest speakers and resource persons.
- Training through advanced technology.
Special Exposure to
- Mock interviews
- Mock Press Conference
- Face to face with top Government Executives, Industrialists, Businessmen and Heads of Premier Educational Institutions.
- Special Guest Lecturers.
CSE batch: Admission starts in June every year and the training runs for a year. Classes will be held on weekend’s i.e. Saturday and Sundays. However the students can spend time on other regular days in our library