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CIVIL SERVICES PRELIMINARY EXAMS GENERAL STUDIES Exam Details

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Further Important Dates for Civil Services Examination  2011
Date of notification  19.02.2011
Last date for receipt of applications  21.03.2011   (Monday)
Date of commencement of exam
12.06.2011 (Sunday)

CIVIL SER. PRELIM. EXAMS GENERAL STUDIES (CSPEGS)

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 (IAS)
 India Foreign Service (IFS)
 Indian Police Service (IPS)

Group A
 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)

Group - B
 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) Civil Services Preliminary Examinations (CSPE)
(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.

Civil Services Preliminary Examination (CSPE)
CSPE consists of two papers. Each paper is of two hours duration
Paper I is General studies for 150 marks and is compulsory .
Paper II has optional subject to be selected from the listed subject for 300 marks. The optional subjects are Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, Indian History, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology

The Main Written Examination is only for candidates who have been short listed through the Preliminary Written Examination. This exam consists of nine papers. Paper on Indian languages (300 marks), English (300 marks), Essay (200 marks), General Studies (two papers each of 300 marks) and any two optional subjects chosen by the candidate (each having two papers of 300 marks each).
 
 
Languages are: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.

Optional Subjects for the Main Examination: Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce & Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science & International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology, Literature of one of the following languages: Arabic, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.
 
Successful candidates in the Main Examination are required to appear for anmentioned abovr Interview, which is the final stage of selection.
 
Eligibility Criteria

Nationality
i. Only Indian nationals are eligible for IAS and IPS.
ii. For other services a candidate can be either of the following:

      a. a citizen of India,
      b. a subject of Nepal,
      c. a subject of Bhutan,
      d. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
      e. 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
i. A candidate must have attained 21 years and not be over 30 years on August 1 of the year of examination.
ii. The upper age limit is relaxed in specific cases as mentioned below:

      a. upto a maximum of 5 years if the candidate belongs to SC/ST.
      b. upto a maximum of 3 years if the candidate belongs to Other Backward Classes.
      c. 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.
      d. 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.
      e. 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.
      f. 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.
      g. upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped candidates. 


Exam Dates and Schedule
 
Tentative dates are

Notification of Examination                               

November / December

Last Date of Receipt of Application Form             

Last week of December

Date of Preliminary Examination                        

Month of May

Declaration of Results                                           

Month of June

Date of Main Examination                                      

October / November


Examination Centres
 

Agartala

Dehradun

Kochi

Sambalpur

Ahmedabad

Delhi

Kohima

Shillong

Aizawl

Dharwar

Kolkata

Shimla

Allahabad

Dispur

Lucknow

Srinagar

Alligarh

Gangtok

Madurai

Thiruvananthapuram

Aurangabad

Hyderabad

Mumbai

Tirupati

Bangalore

Imphal

Nagpur

Udaipur

Bareilly

Itanagar

Panaji (Goa)

Vishakhapatnam

Bhopal

Jaipur

Patna

 

Chandigarh

Jammu

Port Blair

 

Chennai

Jodhpur

Raipur

 

Cuttack

Jorhat

Ranchi

 

 

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