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Know about the exam!

It is time to have an aerial view of the exam process.... this is important considering the peculiar nature of this exam, where one has to keep preparing for the next attempt even before results of the current attempt are announced!

As we have already seen the main reason for people getting intimated by the CSE is the long and tiring Exam Process, bundled with a huge number of Optional and subjects to be covered. In this chapter we will have an aerial view of the exam process. The Civil services Exam is conducted in three stages and most of you must be aware of them.

  • Preliminary Exam.
  • Main Exam.
  • Interview.

Preliminary Exam

The preliminary examination is conducted usually on the 3rd Sunday of May every year. There are two papers of two hours duration each. In the morning session 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM is the Optional Subject, with 120 questions of 2.5 marks each; in the afternoon session 2.30PM to 4.30 PM is the General Studies paper of 150 questions of 1 mark each. In both papers, negative marking has been introduced since 2007 prelims. For each wrong answer, 1/3rd of the marks will be deducted.

About 2.5 Lakh candidates (it is ever increasing!) take this stage if the exam, and the candidates admitted to the mains examination are about 12-13 times the total vacancies in all service to put together. Generally about 65/120 net right answers in the Optional paper and about the same score in the GS paper is enough to clear the Preliminary examination. (Those are very rough figures) The Preliminary Examination is of a screening nature only and the marks obtained in this stage are not carried over to the next (Mains) stage and this does not affect the merit list. The notification for the Prelims will be out in all the major newspapers and the Employment News in the month of December. It can be obtained from all the main post offices and the Prelims exam is just a passport to keep you in the competition.

Main Exam

The Mains Examination is held after about 5 months from Prelims. The UPSC sends the Mains application form for the Candidates who clear the Prelims. There are nine papers of 3 hours each.

Usually, the first Optional Subject is the one you that you'd have taken for the Prelims though there is no compulsion to do so. For Example, my (Nagarajan) own subject for prelims was Electrical Engineering (in 2004) while the Mains subjects were Geography and Sociology.

S.No PAPER MARKS
1 English NA
2 Indian language of Your choice NA
3 Essay 200
4 General studies - 1 300
5 General studies - 2 300
6 First Optional -1 300
7 First Optional -1 300
8 Second Optional - 1 300
9 Second Optional - 2 300
  TOTAL MARKS FOR MAINS 2000

In the English Language paper and the Indian language paper, you should get at least 50% in each of the papers for the UPSC to evaluate you other papers.(S. No.3 - 9). However, the marks obtained in these two papers are not counted for the final merit list-these papers are of matriculation standard and are of qualifying nature only.

Interview.

The interview is held sometime in April, and in the words of the UPSC-''The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate."

The interview is usually 30-minute conversation, and is for 300 marks. The interview is conducted by a panel of five eminent persons, with the chairperson being a member of the UPSC.

The interview is usually 30-minute conversation, and is for 300 marks. The interview is conducted by a panel of five eminent persons, with the chairperson being a member of the UPSC.

The final merit is based on your score for 2300 marks, including 2000 marks from the written examination and 300 marks from the interview.


TARGET: 1350 (1150 + 200)

Here is the summary of the exam Process:
Usually, getting about 1000/2000 will get you an interview call, and a final score of 1220/2300 will be allotted some service. About 1270/ 2300 will make you qualify for IAS. However, the marks mentioned here are very rough; take them as the lower end. The cut offs also vary from the evaluation. For comfortably getting into IAS, 1150/2000 in Mains plus 200 in the Interview, giving a total of 1350 should be your target.