In this article we will discuss everything related to UPSC Civil Services Examination popularly known as UPSC CSE or UPSC IAS.
Here is a complete guide on eligibility, required qualification, age limit, number of attempts, syllabus, exam pattern, prelims
and mains details and nature of questions asked.
This particular article and subsequent articles mentioned below in links will walk you through each and every aspect of most
prestigious exam in India, so called UPSC CSE/IAS.
What is UPSC and CSE/IAS exam ?
Union Public Service commission or widely known as UPSC is a constitutional body of India, tasked with conducting exams to fill
top positions is various government departments and administration.
To fill top administrative and other posts of the country, UPSC conducts CSE and many other exams every year, the notification
and exams dates are known pretty much earlier.
Post and Services offered by UPSC CSE/IAS exam
Apart from IAS, IFS and IPS, UPSC CSE exam offers various top positions in different government departments based on candidate
rank and choice, all the posts offered by UPSC CSE exam in different departments are listed below:
(1) Indian Administrative Service.
(2) Indian Foreign Service.
(3) Indian Police Service.
(4) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group A.
(5) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group A.
(6) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group A.
(7) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group A.
(8) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group A.
(9) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group A (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
(10) Indian Postal Service, Group A.
(11) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group A.
(12) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group A.
(13) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group A.
(14) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group A.
(15) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group A
(16) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group A.
(17) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group A.
(18) Indian Trade Service, Group A (Gr. III).
(19) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group A.
(20) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group B (Section Officer's Grade).
(21) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group B.
(22) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group B.
(23) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group B.
(24) Pondicherry Police Service, Group B.
Eligibility or Qualification for UPSC CSE exam
To appear in UPSC CSE examination one should fulfil certain eligibility and must posses required qualification, qualification
needed and eligibility for UPSC CSE is listed below:
He/She must be a citizen of India
He/She must posses a bachelor degree
in any subject from UGC recognised university. There is no minimum marks criteria.
A person having degree in any subject can also opt for any other or same subject in mains.
Number of attempts and age is restricted
based on category a person belongs to by UPSC to appear in the exam.
Age Limit and Number of attempts for UPSC CSE exam
Number of attempts and age is restricted
based on category a person belongs to by UPSC to appear in the exam,
details are shown below.
|General||21 to 32 years||6
|OBC||21 to 35 years||9
|SC/ST||21 to 37years||Unlimited
|Ex-serviceman||5 years relaxation||Unlimited
|Blind, Hearing Impaired & Orthopaedically Handicapped||10 years relaxation||Unlimited
UPSC CSE exam pattern
UPSC CSE exam is conducted in three stages, Preliminary, Mains and Interview, Preliminary is just a shortlisting stage, while
Mains and Interview marks collectively determines final merit and rank, more details below:
Preliminary exam consists of two papers, each 200 Marks and 2 Hour duration, marks obtained in this stage are not considered
for final rank. Here only GS paper 1, determines qualification of a candidate for mains exam while GS paper 2 is qualifying in
nature, one has to score 33% marks in it.
|GS Paper 1||200||2 Hours||Syllabus||Determines entry for mains
|GS Paper 2||200||2 Hours||Syllabus||Qualifing in nature, need to score 33% marks only
Mains exam consists of a total of 9 papers, Essay, GS1, GS2, GS3, GS4, Optional 1, Optional 2, Indian Language Paper and English
language Paper. The main exam has 1750 marks.
|Paper - A - Indian Language||300 Marks||One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This paper will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.||Qualifing
|Paper- B - English Language||300 Marks||English Language||Qualifing
|Paper-I Essay||250Marks||Write essays on multiple topics||Counted for merit ranking
|Paper-II General Studies I||250Marks||Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society||Counted for merit ranking
|Paper-III General Studies II||250Marks||Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations||Counted for merit ranking
|Paper-IV General Studies III||250Marks||Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management||Counted for merit ranking
|Paper-V General Studies IV||250Marks||Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude||Counted for merit ranking
|Paper-VI Optional Subject - Paper 1||250Marks||Syllabus||Counted for merit ranking
|Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper 2||250Marks||Syllabus||Counted for merit ranking
The interview is a face to face process which evaluates a candidate?s potential and commitment to the society.
The interview is out of 275 marks.
Final ranks are calculated by adding Mains (Out of 1750) and Interview marks (Out of 275) and the rank list will be
prepared based on marks scored out of 2025.
UPSC CSE/IAS Syllabus is devided into three parts 1) Prelims syllabus for paper 1 and 2, 2) Mains Syllabus for GS, Essay and Qualifying Subjects and 3) Mains Optional Subjects syllabus
UPSC CSE/Prelims Syllabus
UPSC CSE/IAS Prelims Syllabus
UPSC CSE Mains syllabus
UPSC CSE Mains GS Syllabus
UPSC CSE Mains Optional Subjects Syllabus