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Syllabus for Preliminary exam
Part A—Preliminary Examination
Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
Current events of national and international importance.
History of India and Indian National Movement.
Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy,
Rights Issues, etc.
Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
Paper II-(200 marks) Duration : Two hours
Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
Decision making and problem solving;
General mental ability;
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data
interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level);
Note 1 : Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with
minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
Note 3 : It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim)
Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in
case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.
HOW TO APPLY:
Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website https://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.
(1) For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign 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 categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose
favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the
examination but the offer of appointment 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 the 1st of August, 2019 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August,
1987 and not later than 1st August, 1998. Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/Regulations pertaining to various services is being taken separately.
(b) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
(i) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled
(ii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward
Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;
(iii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in
operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a
(iv) up to 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 1st August,
2019 and have been released;
(a) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be
completed within one year from 1st August, 2019 otherwise than by way of dismissal or
discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or
(b) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or
(c) on invalidment.
(v) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial
period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2019 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.
(vi) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of (a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard
of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack
victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and
mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d)
(vii) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of
Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st day of January, 1980 to the 31st day of
(III) Minimum Educational 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
Note I:—Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render
them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the
result as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be
eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination.
All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services
(Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination along
with their application (i.e. Detailed Application Form-I) for the Main Examination, failing which
such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. Such proof of passing the requisite
examination should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of Detailed Application
Form-I of the Civil Services (Main) Examination.
Note II: In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who does
not have any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has
passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of
the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.
Note III: Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by
the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for
admission to the examination.
Note IV: Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical
Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their
applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the
Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the
concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final
professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the
time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of
the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of
internship) for the award of the Degree
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