FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS || UPSC

If there is any negative marking for Preliminary Examination?

Yes, there is a negative marking in UPSC IAS exam for prelims. For each wrong answer, one-third marks are deducted based on the current pattern of UPSC.

What is the UPSC Civil Services examination pattern?

The UPSC examination is divided into 3 stages, that is, prelims, Mains and Interview. The candidates who clear Prelims examination are eligible for mains. Candidates who clear mains examinations reach the stage of interview. Prelims consist of two objective test papers consisting of 200 marks each. The Mains examination stage consists of 9 papers which are conducted over a period of 5-7 days. The interview is the final stage.

What is the structure for UPSC Prelims examination?

The UPSC IAS Prelims examination is based on objective multiple-choice questions (MCQ) pattern. It consists of 2 papers. The Paper I is based on the General Studies course consisting of 100 questions for 200 marks. The time allotted is 2 hours, Paper-II consists of 80 questions for 200 marks. Time allotted for paper II is 2 hours.

What is the structure of UPSC Civil Service Mains examination?

The Mains examination consists of 9 papers. A candidate needs to secure the cutoff as declared in General Studies I and a minimum of 33% in General Studies II in the Prelims examination to be eligible to appear in Mains examination
Paper Subject Duration Total marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian language 3 hours 300
Paper B English 3 hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 hours 250
Paper-II General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper III General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper IV General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper V General Studies IV 3 hours 250
Paper VI Optional I 3 hours 250
Paper VII Optional II 3 hours 250

The topics included in General Studies-I are Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the world and society. Topics in General Studies-II are Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations. Topics included in General Studies-III are Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment and Security and Disaster Management, topics included in General Studies-IV are Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.
The optional subjects for Paper VI and Paper VII examination can be selected from the following:
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Anthropology
Botany
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Commerce and Accountancy
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Geography
Geology
History
Law
Management
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science and International Relations
Psychology
Public Administration
Sociology
Statistics
Zoology
Literature of any one the following language: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English.
Agriculture

Which agency is responsible for conducting the Civil Service Examination?

The Union Public Service Commission is India’s premier central recruiting agency which is responsible for the appointment and conducting examination pertaining to Civil Services, Engineering Services, Defence Services and Medical Services. It also conducts Economic Service, Statistical Service, and Police Forces examination.

Whether medical examination of candidates qualified in CSE (Mains) is mandatory?

Yes. The medical examination of candidates qualified in CSE (Mains) is mandatory, in order to ensure that they are in good mental/physical health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the discharge of their duties as an officer of the service.

Would a student of the final year be eligible to apply for UPSC?

Yes. A final year student can apply for UPSC examination. Provided that, he/she must fulfil all the eligibility criteria. Such candidates need to submit their final year’s mark sheet and pass certificate to be eligible for the Mains Examination.

Can a person change their centre after submission of application?

Usually, the change in the centre for examination is not encouraged by UPSC. However, The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has allowed candidates to change their centres for the civil services preliminary examination. The request for change will be considered against the enhanced capacity intimated by the centres for accommodating additional candidates

Under which rules Civil Service Examination (CSE) is conducted?

Civil Services Examination (CSE) is conducted as per provisions contained in the Civil Service Examination Rules notified every year by the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India and published on the website of the Union Public Service Commission.

What is the provision for reservation in Civil Service Examination?

Reservation is made for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC and Physically Handicap candidates in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

Are there any posts reserved for the candidates with disability in Civil Service Examination?

Yes, there are 3% of the total post reserved for disabled candidates among which 1% are for visually impaired (VI), 1% for Hearing Impaired and 1% for Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy (LDCP) each.

Are the candidates belonging to a community included in the OBC list of State and not in the Central list of OBCs provided with reservation?

No, the candidates who belong to the communities which are included in the Central list of other backward classes are eligible.

Can a candidate choose any of the optional subjects, or it has to be from their courses studied in their graduation?

A candidate can choose any optional subject for Mains examination even if they have not studied at their graduation or post-graduation level.

What language is required at the interview stage for UPSC?

The candidate can choose any of the languages in the interview which are mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The UPSC board will arrange a translator of that language in the interview session.

Can a person who is a citizen of India but has completed their graduation from foreign University apply for this examination?

No. only a person who has a degree approved with the UGC or any other government organization that is mentioned in notification is eligible to apply for the UPSC Civil Services Examination.