The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the central recruiting agency in India. The major role played by the UPSC is to select person to man the various central Civil Services and Post and the Service common to the Union and States (viz. All India Services). Under the Constitution one of the functions of the UPSC is to conduct examinations for appointment to Civil Services of the Union. The commission usually conducts over a dozen examination every year on an all India basic. These include Examinations for recruitment to services in various fields, such as Civil Services, Forest Service, Engineering, and Medical etc.
The Civil Services Examination (CSE) offers the widest range of jobs in our country and is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There are about twenty-four (24) services offered through this single examination. Some of the top services offered are the two All India Services, viz., the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) along with the other central services, viz., Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Customs & Central Excise Services, etc.


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Civil servants are the backbone of Indian administration. They play prominent and central role in the development of the country, due to such importance and nature of civil servants, UPSC recruits civil servants and takes utmost care in selecting the right candidate for the premier post. Several measures are being used to measure their administrative potential. These measures are tested through the process of three tier exam i.e. Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Interview Test. Thus, aspiring candidates must complete a three-phase process to crack the civil services exam :
Stage 1 – Preliminary Test
Stage 2 – Main Exam
Stage 3 – Personality Test / Interview

Stage 1 – Preliminary Test –

It consists of objective questions with penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers. (In year 2015 it is being held on the 23rd of August.)

The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers
Paper 1 – General Studies (200 marks) 2 hours
Paper 2 – CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) (200 marks) 2 hours

There is a cut-off in the Preliminary Test which varies every year and is decided by the UPSC.
Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year.

Stage 2 – Mains Exam –

(conventional essay type papers of 1750 marks)It consists of 9 papers which are usually held from early December for around 7 days.
The current pattern of Main examination is as follows:-

General Studies:
Paper 1 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper 2 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper 3 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper 4 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Optional Subject
Paper 1 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper 2 – 250 marks (3 hours)
Essay
250 marks (3 hours)
English Language
300 marks (qualifying paper; marks not included in Main Exam)
Indian Language
300 marks (qualifying paper; marks not included in Main Exam)

General Studies papers (two papers every day) and Optional Subject papers are held in two time slots (9am and 2pm). English and Essay are held on the same day. Indian Language is held on a separate day.
Candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the mains examination as may be fixed by the UPCS at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an Interview or a Personality Test.

Stage 3

Interview or Personality Test (275 marks) – Students who qualify for Interview are called by the UPSC in March or April. The Interviews usually start 2 weeks after the Main Exam results are announced. The duration of Interviews is around 40 days. Marks, thus obtained by the candidates in the Mains Examination and interview would determine their final ranking. (with no minimum qualifying marks)

FINAL RANKING AND SERVICE ALLOCATION IS BASED ON THE COMBINED MARKS SCORED IN MAIN EXAMINATION (1750) AND INTERVIEW (275) AND ON THE PREFERENCES GIVEN BY THE CANDIDATES AT THE TIME OF FILLING UP OF THE MAIN EXAMINATION APPLICATION FORM.