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Scheme and Subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

  •    Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination.
  •    Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.

A.   Preliminary Examination

The Examination comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

  •    Both the question papers are objective type (multiple choice questions).
  •    The question papers are set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level are tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
  •    Each paper is of two hours duration.

B.   Main Examination

The written examination consists of the following papers:

  • Civil Services New Mains Format

    Paper SubjectMarks
    Paper I Section 1 : Essay 200 Marks
    Section 2 : English Comprehension & English Précis
    (Of Matriculation/ Xth standard level)
    100 Marks
    Paper II General Studies?I
    (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
    250 Marks
    Paper III General Studies ? II
    (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
    250 Marks
    Paper IV General Studies ? III
    (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
    250 Marks
    Paper V General Studies ? IV
    (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
    250 Marks
    Paper VI Optional Subject ? Paper 1 250 Marks
    Paper VII Optional Subject ? Paper 2 250 Marks
    Personality Test (Interview) 275 Marks
    Total Marks 2075 Marks
  • NOTE : Marks obtained by the candidates for all papers (Paper I-VII) are counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all papers of the examination.

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