UPSC | IAS | IPS | IFS Exam Scheme New Pattern 2013

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:
(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and
(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.

2. The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in sub‐section (A) of Section‐II. 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. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

3. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for interview for a Personality Test vide sub‐section ‘C’ of Section‐II. Marks obtained in
the papers will be counted for ranking. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their
ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations.
A. Preliminary Examination
The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.
(i)  Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
(iii) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.
(iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will however; be allowed an extra time
 of twenty minutes at each paper.

B. Main Examination
The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Exam Scheme
Paper - I
Section 1 Essay200 Marks
Section 2 English Comprehension & English Précis100 Marks
(of Matriculation/ Xth standard level)
Paper - II
General Studies–I250 Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
Paper - III
General Studies –II250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
Paper - IV
General Studies –III250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and
Disaster Management)
Paper - V
General Studies –IV250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Paper - VI
Optional Subject – Paper 1250 Marks
Paper - VII
Optional Subject – Paper 2250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test)1800 Marks
Personality Test275 Marks
Grand Total2075 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‐2 below para 2, as an optional subject, only if the candidate has graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject}.

  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
Bengali Bengali 
Gujarati Gujarati 
Oriya Oriya 
SindhiDevanagari or Arabic
Dogri Devanagari
SanthaliDevanagari or Olchiki

Note : For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari  script or in Olchiki.

2. 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, Benga l i , Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili ,Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil,  Telugu, Urdu and English.

  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 exami-nation, 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, Bengal i , 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  mention-ed 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.

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