Civil Services examination

Civil Services examination

Civil Services examination

A general introduction

Civil service has been one of the most prestigious and covetous services in India. It’s because of the institutional power, reputation and scope in the services which attract the aspirants. The IAS and IPS officers play an important role in policy framing of the nation and they also directly exercise & enjoy the power of implementation of the policies and rules framed by executive. They do play a greater role in determining the future of the nation. Lacs of aspirants appear in this prestigious examination and only a thousands or so get selected.

The examination is consistently conducted as scheduled under.

Notification February
Prelims Exam June
Mains Exam Sept/Oct
Interview Feb/March
Final results April/May of the following year.


This is the first step of civil services examinations. It’s totally based on multiple choice questions. It carries 200 marks for two papers. The first paper is of General studies carrying 100 marks and the second paper is names as ‘Civil Services Aptitude Test’ popularly known as CSAT (80 questions, 200 marks). This is only a qualifying paper and the candidate has to obtain 33℅ marks. Negative marking pattern is applicable in both the papers and 3 wrong answers means deduction of marks of one right answer. The cut off point in prelims is determined by the first paper i.e. General studies.

Main Exam

The second step of civil services examination is Main Exams. Candidates passing through the prelims are eligible to appear in Main Examinations. The main examination is of 1750 marks in which 1000 marks are for general studies( 4 papers of 250-250 marks), 500 marks for one optional paper (two papers 250-250 marks) and 250 marks for essay writing are set. The questions are of descriptive and subjective type in Main Exams.


The last and important step in civil services examination is ‘interview’. There is no fixed syllabus for the same. It is of 275 marks but it plays a crucial role in final selection.


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