Q. What is the level of competition in UPSC Civil Services Examination?
The number of candidates aspiring for the UPSC Civil Services has gone up to more than 9,00,000 who fill the form and almost 4,00,000 who appear in the 1st stage of the exam, Preliminary Exam.
The number of candidates who qualify the Preliminary exam appear in the Main Exam is equal to 12 to 13 times the number of vacancies in the Civil Services Exam that year.
Out of these, the number of candidates who will qualify to appear in the Interview is 2 to 3 times the number of vacancies in the Civil Services advertised that year.
For instance, if the number of vacancies in given year is 750, then about 10,000 candidates would be qualified in preliminary exam to appear for the Main exam and the number of candidates who will qualify the Main examination to appear in the Interview would be about 2,000.
Q: When is the Examination Notice Issued?
UPSC Examination Notices encapsulate the Rules of Examinations notified by the Government.
Examination Notices of all the 14 Examinations are uploaded on the Commission’s website (www.upsc.gov.in) around 3 months before the date of examination.
Examination Notices for direct recruitment examinations are also published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar.
The tentative dates of notification of Examinations for a year are also made available on UPSC’s website (www.upsc.gov.in) in July of the previous year.
Q. When does the UPSC advertise about the Examination?
UPSC publishes/releases the notification for holding the Civil Services Examination every year in the month of February- March for the Preliminary exam to be held in the month of june, of the same year. Applications are invited by UPSC till March end of that year.
Q. What is the eligibility to appear for this Examination?
Candidates must be at least 21 years old on the 1st of August of the year in which they aspire to give the Exam and must hold a graduation degree (recognized by University Grants Commission) to appear for this Examination. Indian students holding a foreign degree need to ensure that their degree is accredited or recognized by UGC.
Q. Can a candidate who has completed his education from an Open School/ University apply for Civil Services Examination?
Yes, provided it is a recognized University and he/she possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.
Q. Is a candidate who has done his graduation without passing class Xth and class XIIth eligible for Civil Services Examination?
Yes, provided the graduation has been completed from a recognized University and he/she possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.
Q. How many attempts does one get to crack the Civil Services Examination?
Number of attempts for General Category candidates is 6; OBC is 9 and for a candidate belonging to SC/ST category is unlimited (there is no restriction on number of attempts for SC/ST category).
Q. Is there any relaxation in number of attempts for physically handicapped?
A physically handicapped will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for nine attempts. The relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
Q. Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of states but not in the Central list of OBCs is eligible for age relaxation, reservation etc. for Civil Services Examinations?
No. Only candidates belonging to communities which are included in the Central list of OBC′s are eligible for such concessions.
Q. Whether the relaxation on number of attempts and reservation applicable to all candidates included in the Central List of OBC′s?
Members of other backward classes, belonging to the Creamy layer (‘Creamy layer’ is the income limit beyond which OBCs are not eligible for quotas) will not be eligible for reservations in jobs and education. Right now the creamy layer bar stands at earnings of over rupees 6 lakhs annually.
Q. Can a candidate write the Civil Services (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or in any other Indian language? level?
The candidates, who opt for an Indian Language medium to write Civil Services (Main) Exam, may choose either the same Indian Language or English or Hindi as the medium for the interview.
The candidates, opting to write the Civil Services (Main) Examination in English, may choose as the medium for interview either English or Hindi or any other Indian Language opted by them for the compulsory Indian Language Paper.
However, the candidates, who are exempted from the compulsory Indian Language Paper, will have to choose either English or Hindi as medium of Interview of Personality Test