Civil Service Exam (CSE) : Preliminary, Mains & Interview Examination

Civil Service Exam (CSE) : Preliminary, Mains & Interview Examination

Civil Services of India includes Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service(IPS), Indian Revenue service(IRS). To acquire   this position, a candidate is needed to give an examination  that is “Civil Service Exam” (CSE) which is conducted by Union Public Service Commission which provides recruitment to various Civil Services of the government of India as listed above. It is the toughest examination in India due to this the success ratio of this examination is very low (0.1% to 0.3%).
Basically, Civil Service Exam is conducted in two phases:
  1. The Preliminary Examination, which consists of two objective-type papers that are (General Studies and Aptitude Test)
  2. The Main Examination, which consists of nine papers of conventional (essay type) and followed by a Personality Test (Interview)
This entire process takes near about one year to complete  from initial (Preliminary examination) to final (declaration of result).

Eligibility Criteria to apply the Civil service Exam:

To apply for this examination, you should must eligible in certain criteria, as we know that eligibility is an entry point in any examination.
  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate should have a degree from Central, State or Deemed University. Degree from Correspondence Education or distance education, the open university is also accepted.
  • The candidate age must be 21 years old and not must be greater than 32 years old. For Open category is restrict to 32 years, for OBC category is restrict to 35 years and for SC/ST it is restricted to 37 years old.
  • Number of attempts is limited, for Open category it  is limited to 6 attempts, for OBC category it is limited to 9 attempts and for SC/ST candidate there is no limitation (Any number of attempts)

Pattern of  the  Civil Service Exam:

As we know that the Civil Service Examination is the most competitive examination in India. The process of filtration is done in every single stage as its consist of 3 stages (Stage I: Preliminary examination, Stage II: Main Examination, Stage III: Personality Test).The aspirants should complete the above three-stage process to acquire this position, to complete this task a candidate should require  having depth knowledge, logical thinking, language competence, and creativity to crack this examination.

Preliminary Examination:

It consists of two paper of 200 marks each  (Paper I and Paper II).
To qualify Paper I the candidate should secure minimum 30 marks and to qualify the Paper II, the candidate should get minimum 70 marks.
In preliminary Examination the candidate knowledge is tested on current affairs, history of India, Governance Economics and Social development, Communication skills, problem-solving and Interpersonal skills.

Mains Examination:
It consist of nine paper and followed by a personality test (Total marks is 1750)
Paper AOne of the Indian language should be selected300
Paper BEnglish300
Paper IEssay writing250
Paper IIIndian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World250
Paper IIIGovernance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations250
Paper IVTechnology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment250
Paper VEthics, Integrity and Aptitude250
Paper VI, VIIOne subject is selected from the prescribed optional subjects500
Some of the Indian languages that will be useful while selecting are Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi,  Telugu, Urdu etc. The optional subjects are Geography, Agriculture, Chemistry, Economics, Law, Psychology etc.

Most commonly known as Personality test. The test is intended to evaluate the mental caliber of a candidate.It contains  275 marks. The interview is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidate, which has been already tested through written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of all well-educated youth.
By reading this article of “Civil Service Exam,” you might get a good idea of the process of how the Civil Service Examination is carried out.

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