Overview of Civil Services Examination

Overview of Civil Services Examination

CS (Preliminary)
CS (Main)

CS (Preliminary)
Statistical Data
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(A) Tentative Schedule
(i) Notification of Examination
November/December of previous year
(ii) Conduct of Examination
(B) Age – limits:
21-30 years as on 1st August of the year of Examination.
Certain categories of persons as specified in the Commission’s Notice as published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar are eligible for age relaxation.
(C) Educational Qualification
Degree of a Recognised University or equivalent.
Candidates appearing in the requisite Degree qualification are also eligible for appearing in the examination, however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with with Detailed Application Form for Civil Services Examination (Main) .
Scheme of CS (Preliminary) Examination
The Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) consists of two papers of objective type (multiple-choice questions) carrying a maximum of 400 marks.
The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi
General Studies Paper – I 200 Marks
General Studies Paper – II
200 Marks
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Statistical Data Civil Services Examination (Preliminary)
Year of Exam
No of Candidates
Applied Appeared
1997 2,65,761 1,30,198
1998 2,71,517 1,22,363
1999 3,09,501 1,35,086
2000 2,25,555 1,19,398
2001 2,56,673 1,38,240
2002 3,01,585 1,57,486
Note : For further details, please refer to the Commission’s Notice when it is published in the Employment News and some of the leading newspapers.
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Civil Services Examination (Main)
Tentative Date of Examination : October  – November
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Scheme – CS (Main)

One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the VIIIth Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper)
300 Marks
Paper-II English (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
Paper-III Essay 200 Marks
Papers IV & V General Studies (300 Marks for each paper) 600 Marks
Papers VI, VII, VIII & IX
Any two subjects (each having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (300 marks for each paper)
1200 Marks
Total Marks for Written Examination 2000 Marks
Interview Test 300 Marks
Grand Total 2300 Marks
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List of Optional Subjects – Civil Services Examination (Main) – (Total 25)
See Note below List of Optional Subjects (Literature)
Agriculture Management
Animal Husbandry & Vetinary Science Mathematics
Anthropology Mechanical Engineering
Botany Medical Science
Chemistry Philosophy
Civil Engineering Physics
Commerce & Accountancy Political Science & International Relations
Economics Psychology
Electrical Engineering Public Administration
Geography Sociology
Geology Statistics
Indian History Zoology
List of Optional Subjects (Literature) – CS (Main) – (Total 26)

Arabic Gujarati Manipuri Sanskrit
Assamese Hindi Nepali Sindhi
Bengali Kannada Oriya Tamil
Chinese Kashmiri Pali Telugu
English Konkani Persian Urdu
French Marathi Punjabi
German Malayalam Russian
Note : Total Optional Subjects : 51
Note (i) :
Candidates have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers, viz, Paper-I and Paper-II, in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English
Note (ii) :
Candidates who have opted for an Indian Language as language medium for the Main Examination have an option of being interviewed either in English or in the same language which they have opted for the Main Examination
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Statistical Data – CS (Main)
Year Of Exam Vacancies Candidates Recommended
1995 98 49 165 333 645 101 49 192 303 645
1996 125 57 174 383 739 138 59 212 330 739
1997 89 43 166 323 621 94 46 215 266 621
1998 53 28 114 275 470 60 30 142 238 470
1999 53 27 97 234 411 63 30 127 191 411
2000 54 29 100 244 427 58 34 128 207 427
2001 47 39 97 234 417 52 42 131 192 417
2002 38 22 88 162 310 38 22 88 138 286


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