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Q:  What is the structure of examination and marks distribution ?  

  Indian Civil services examinations is one of the most prestigious examination in India , civil servants are life blood of Indian democracy. It does not just test knowledge of human being but also mental toughness, willpower, consistency and requires tremendous hard work. You need not be astronaut or scientist , human being with average intelligence can crack this exam if you have right key . lakhs of aspirants appear every year but those reach Lal Bahadur shastri National Academy of Administration who are mentally toughest ,most determined and most competitive. With right guidance it is very easy to face this very difficult examination.

Q:  What is civil services examination?  

The examination consists of two parts:  

  • the Preliminary Examination (objective type), which is a qualifying examination.
  • Main Examination consisting of written examination and interview.


The marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam are not counted in the Main Exam and it is only a screening exam. The Preliminary Exam is an objective type test. One can appear in the Main Examination only after passing the Preliminary Exam.


Preliminary Exam – Objective type

Paper I – 200 marks – (2 hours )

Paper II – (CSAT) 200 marks – (2 hours)


Main Exam – written along with interview

Paper Subjects Marks
Paper I One of the languages to be selected 
from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution
300 marks
Paper II English 200 marks
Paper III Essay 300 marks
Paper IV & V General Studies 300 marks each
Paper VI-IX Any two subjects from list of optional subjects Each subject has two papers. 300 marks

Q:  When is UPSC exam conducted?  

Exam is conducted every year.

Preliminary exam : May 20th 2012 – result (Jun - Aug)

Stage II : Main Exam: October- November

Stage III : Interview : April - May

Q:  What is the eligibility criteria ?  

Graduation from any university / deemed university.

Q:  What is the age limit for the examination ?  

Minimum age required is 20 years but the upper age limit may range between 30 to 35 years, Governments usually allow relaxation in upper age limit to the OBC, scheduled castes/scheduled Tribes, Ex-Servicemen, physically handicapped and the employees of the State Government.

Q:  How many attempts are allowed ?  

A candidate is permitted 4 attempts at the examination. There is no restriction on the number of attempts for scheduled caste candidates but Other Backward Classes have seven attempts. If a person appears in the Preliminary Exam or even appears in one paper, it is counted as an attempt. One should make up ones mind before applying and taking an attempt and only a serious attempt should be made.

Q:  UPSC offers following optional?  

Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce and Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering,20Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology. Each paper is of 3 hours duration.
The most popular optional are : Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Geography, History, Law, Management and literature.

Q:   What educational background is needed ?  

The beauty of this examination is its nature is very generic . Questions are based on IQ of 10th and 12th standard. Exam is based more on common sense. You can be graduate in physics and opt for Geography as optional. It really doesn’t matter what is your educational background as you have to start from learning basics.

Q:  When is the first test conducted and what is the syllabus of the test ?  

First test will be conducted on 25th of December , which will be aptitude examination. It requires no preparation of any particular subject matter. Once you qualify this examination you are eligible to be enrolled in academy.

Q:  What is CSAT ?  

 “Civil Services Aptitude Test” (CSAT) test of a general aptitude it consist of Comprehension skills. Decision Making and Problem Solving ,Data Interpretation and English Language Comprehension.

Q:  How many hours does one need to study everyday for clearing UPSC examination ?  

This is most frequently asked question , well it depends on personal aptitude , and most importantly the method used to study (the how aspect ) , this is where guidance plays important role.

Q:  Is there a course available for MPSC as well ?  

Yes coaching will also be provided for MPSC examination. With the innovative change in MPSC syllabus , it is quite similar to UPSC syllabus which will definitely play in favor of students preparing for UPSC .

Q:  Can I continue studying for civil services ? while working ? or studying in college?  

This exam needs a dedication , it is more advisable to devote considerable amount of time in this examination for students it depends on the course they have taken , if you are working then you really have to spare adequate time for your preparation.

Q:  What is the advantage of studying for civil services ?  

This examination is true test of character, it reveals the strength in you , you never knew you possessed , It opens new avenues to you and change your outlook , It gives you ocean of knowledge , and builds up your confidence , it creates awareness and sharpens your mind. It makes you work hard and maintain consistency , it makes you focus harder on your goals and brings out your strengths and reveals your weaknesses as well.

Q:  Will this course help me to give other exams like bank or other state services examination?  

 This exam will make you subject expert , with the introduction of CSAT any aptitude test will be easy to crack. With good knowledge of current affairs and general knowledge any competitive exam will be easy to deal with , once appeared for Prelims all other exams will look relatively easy.