IAS 2017-18-PCS


(i) Indian Administrative Service.

(ii) Indian Foreign Service.

(iii) Indian Police Service.

(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.

(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.

(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.

(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager,Administration).

(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.

(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.

(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.

(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’

(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.

(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.

(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III).

(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”.

(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).

(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’.

(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’.

(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.

(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is expected to be approximately 1129 which includes 29vacancies reserved for P.H. Category,i.e. 13 vacancies for LDCP, 5 Vacancies for B/LV and 11 Vacancies for H.I. The final number of vacancies may undergo change after getting firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities.

Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes.Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.



The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to examination. Their admis- sion to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Mere issue of admission certificate to the candidate will not imply that

his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission. Commission take up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.


Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website. Brief Instructions for filling up the “Online Application Form” given in Appendix-II.


See www.upsc.gov.in

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admission Certificate will be made available in the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for downloading by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.


Candidates should note that there will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.


In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs.


(a) Mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises where the examination is being conducted. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examinations.

(b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured.

Candidates are advised not to bring any valuable/costly items to the Examination Halls, as safe-keeping of the same cannot be assured. Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.

(B) Plan of Examination :The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages (vide Appendix ISection-I below).

(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candi-dates for the Main Examination; and (ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts noted above.

Applications are now invited for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination only.

Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Civil Services (Main) Examination will have to apply online again, in the Detailed Application Form which would be made available to them. The Main Examination is likely to be held in December, 2015.



(1) For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.

(2) For other services, a candidate must be either :—

(a) a citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of

permanently settling in India, or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to cat- egories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a per-son in whose favour a certificate of eligibili-ty has been issued by the Government of India.

Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appoint-ment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

(ii) Age Limits :

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on

(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable :

(i) upto a maximum of five years if a candi- date belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.

(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reserva-tion applicable to such candidates.

(iii) upto a maximum of five years if a can-didate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the peri-od from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st December, 1989.

(iv) upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel dis-abled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.

(v) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on….. and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within  otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii)on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment.

(vi) Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

(vii) upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedical-ly handicapped persons


Qualifications :

The candidate must hold a degree of any of 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 deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualifica-tion.


(a) Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination.

Provided that this restriction on the num-ber of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eli-gible.

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes,who are otherwise eligible shall be nine. The relaxation will be available to the candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candi-dates.

Provided further that a physically handi-capped will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handi-capped candidates of his or her commu-nity, subject to the condition that a physi-cally handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for

nine attempts. Necessary action to make Corresponding Changes in respective Rules/Regulations Pertaining to various services is being taken separately. The relaxation will be available to the physi-cally handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

 FEE :

Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ ST/PH Candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only)either by remitting the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash, or by using netbanking facility of State Bank of India/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/Sate Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala /State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only.”Pay by Cash ” mode will be deactivated at 23.59 hours of 18.06.2015 i.e. one day before the closing date; however appli-cants who have generated their Pay-in- Slip before it is deactivated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch.



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.

  1. The Preliminary Examination will con-sist of two papers of Objective type (mul-tiple choice questions) and carry a maxi-mum 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 candi-dates 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 Examinationwill be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examina- tion. 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 provid-ed they are otherwise eligible for admis-sion to the Main Examination.

Note I: The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission

Note II:

There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below) for all questions except some of the ques-tions where the negative-marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such ques-tions.

(i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that ques-tion will be deducted as penalty.

(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

(iii) If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

3. The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test.

The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature. Also see Note (ii) under Para I of Section II (B). Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VlI) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

4.1. Candidates who obtain such mini-mum 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 an inter-view for a Personality Test, vide sub-sec-tion ‘C’ of Section II. The number of can-didates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

4.2. Marks thus obtained by the candi-dates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would deter-mine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various services keep-ing 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.

  1. Preliminary Examination The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.


(i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

(ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%

(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

(iv) Details of the syllabi are indicated in part A of Section III.

(v) Each paper will be of two hours duration


The written examination will consist of the following papers :

Qualifying Papers :Paper-A(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution).300 Marks


English-300 Marks

Papers to be counted for merit


Essay –250 Marks


General Studies-I ===250 Marks

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)


General Studies –II=== 250 Marks

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)


General Studies –III=== 250 Marks

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)


General Studies –IV=== 250 Marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)


Optional Subject – Paper 1 ==250 Marks


Optional Subject – Paper 2 ===250 Marks

Sub Total (Written test) ==1750 Marks

Personality Test==== 275 Marks

Grand Total==== 2025 Marks

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given in para 2 below.


(i) Agriculture

(ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary


(iii) Anthropology

(iv) Botany

(v) Chemistry

(vi) Civil Engineering

(vii) Commerce and Accountancy

(viii) Economics

(ix) Electrical Engineering

(x) Geography

(xi) Geology

(xii) History

(xiii) Law

(xiv) Management

(xv) Mathematics

(xvi) Mechanical Engineering

(xvii) Medical Science

(xviii) Philosophy

(xix) Physics

(xx) Political Science and International


(xxi) Psychology

(xxii) Public Administration

(xxiii) Sociology

(xxiv) Statistics

(xxv) Zoology

(xxvi) Literature of any one of the follow-ing languages:

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English



AGARTALA                         GHAZIABAD                         GAUTAM BUDDH NAGAR

AGRA                                     GORAKHPUR                           PANAJI (GOA)

AJMER                                   GURGAON                                   PATNA

AHMEDABAD                      GWALIOR                                       PORT BLAIR

AIZAWL                                HYDERABAD                                 PUDUCHERRY

ALIGARH                                IMPHAL                                           PUNE

ALLAHABAD                        INDORE                                             RAIPUR

ANANTHAPURU                     ITANAGAR                           RAJKOT

AURANGABAD                         JABALPUR                          RANCHI

BENGALURU                        JAIPUR                                 SAMBALPUR

BAREILLY                                 JAMMU                                  SHILLONG

BHOPAL                                 JODHPUR                                      SHIMLA

BILASPUR                                   JORHAT                               SILIGURI

CHANDIGARH                     KOCHI                                               SRINAGAR

CHENNAI                                           KOHIMA                               THANE

COIMBATORE                             KOLKATA                                          THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

CUTTACK                                  KOZHIKODE (CALICUT)                    TIRUCHIRAPALLI

DEHRADUN                                  LUCKNOW                                         TIRUPATI

DELHI                                                LUDHIANA                                           UDAIPUR

DHARWAR                                  MADURAI                                                VARANASI

DISPUR                                     MUMBAI                                             VELLORE

FARIDABAD                                MYSURU                                                      VIJAYAWADA

GANGTOK                                              NAGPUR                              VISHAKHAPATNAM

GAYA                                                        NAVI MUMBAI



AHMEDABAD                      DEHRADUN                         MUMBAI

AIZAWL                                  DELHI                                                PATNA

ALLAHABAD                        DISPUR (GUWAHATI)                   RAIPUR

BANGALURU                       HYDERABAD                                         RANCHI

BHOPAL                                     JAIPUR                                              SHILLONG

CHANDIGARH                     JAMMU                                                    SHIMLA

CHENNAI KOLKATA            THIRUVANAN                                  THAPURAM

CUTTAK                                        LUCKNOW


The centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of can- didates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkatta and Nagpur. Allotment of Centres will be on the “first-apply-first allot” basis, and once the

capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones. Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice. NB: Notwithstanding the aforesaid pro vision, the Commission reserves the right to change the Centres at their dis-cretion if the situation demands.

All the Examination Centres for CS(P)Examination will cater to examination

for Low Vision Candidates in there respec-tive centres. Candidates admitted to the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of examination. The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained.




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