UPSC IAS CSAT Coaching Eligibility Pattern Syllabus Examination


The Civil Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission

(UPSC) of India, an autonomous entity established in 1950 under Article 315 of the

Constitution of India. Every year, the UPSC conducts examinations for recruitment to the

Indian Civil Service for posts given below

Indian Administrative Service

India Foreign Service

Indian Police Service

Group A

Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service

Indian Audit and Accounts Service

Indian Customs and Central Excise Service

Indian Defence Accounts Service

Indian Revenue Service

Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, non­technical)

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Indian Postal Service

Indian Civil Accounts Service

Indian Railway Traffic Service

Indian Railway Accounts Service

Indian Railway Personnel Service

Posts of Assistant Security Officer in Railway Protection Force (RPF)

Indian Defence Estates Service

Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)

Group ­ B

Railway Board Secretariat Service (Section Officer’s Grade)

Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)

Customs Appraisers’ Service

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar

Haveli Civil Service and Police Service

Pondicherry Civil Service

UPSC IAS CSAT Coaching Eligibility Pattern Syllabus


• The Preliminary Examination shall now comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of two hours duration each. Detailed below is the new syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination, which is brought to the notice of the prospective candidates intending to appear at the Civil Services Examination (CSE) in 2011 onwards:

Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

• Current events of national and international importance

• History of India and Indian National Movement

• Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.

• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

• General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization

• General Science

Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

• Comprehension

• Interpersonal skills including communication skills;

• Logical reasoning and analytical ability

• Decision making and problem solving

• General mental ability

• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.Class X level)

• English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

• Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

• The questions will be of multiple choices, objective type.

Examination Pattern

The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in two stages Prelims and Mains which are then followed by an interview.

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations is as follows:

Preliminary Examination    

There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each in the Civil Services Prelims Exam.

Important Points:

(i) Both the question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions) of two hours each.

(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language   Comprehension skills would be provided only in English.

(iii) Blind candidates would be allowed an extra 20 minutes of time   at each paper.

Main Examination    

The written examination will consist of the following papers:


Section 1 Essay 200 Marks

Section 2 English Comprehension    & English Précis 100 Marks    (The level of paper would be Matriculation/ Xth standard   level)


General Studies–I 250Marks    (Indian Heritage and Culture,   History and Geography of the World     and Society)

Paper-III    General Studies –II 250 Marks    (Governance, Constitution,   Polity, Social Justice and   International relations)

Paper-IV    General Studies –III 250 Marks   (Technology, Economic Development,   Bio-diversity, Environment, Security   and Disaster Management)

Paper-V    General Studies –IV 250 Marks    (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Paper-VI    Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks

Paper-VII    Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks


Total marks from written test 1800 Marks


Personality Test (Interview) 275 Marks.


Grand Total 2075 Marks



A candidate must be either:
(a) A citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limits

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, in the year of examination.

The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable in the follwing cases:

  • Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe: upto a maximum of five years.
  • Other Backward Classes: upto a maximum of three years.
  • State of Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to 31st December, 1989): upto a maximum of five years.
  • Defence Services personnel : upto a maximum of five years

(disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof)

  • Ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service and have been released (i) on completion of assignment otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on  account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment:  upto a maximum of five years.
  • ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment : upto a maximum of five years.
  • Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons:  upto a maximum of ten years.


Cumulative Age relaxation:

Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under other clauses mentioned above will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

Ex-servicemen eligibility:

The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

The age concession will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.


Date of Birth Certificate:

The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.

Once the date of birth is recorded in the Commission, no change is allowed subsequently (or at any other Examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

Educational Qualifications

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.


  • Candidates who have appeared at an examination which would educationally qualify them for the UPSC examination but have not received the the results will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. They will have to produce the proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination.
  • In exceptional cases, UPSC may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate, provided that he has passed examination conducted by other Institutions, which UPSC deems fit.
  • Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications, recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
  • Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination. They will however, have to submit a copy of a certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they have passed the requisite final professional medical examination with their application . In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce original Degree or a certificate from the University/Institution at the time of their interview .

Number of attempts

The maximum number of attempts restriction is effective from the examination held in 1984. In case other eligibility conditions apply:

  • General candidates: four attempts.
  • Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates: No restriction.
  • Other Backward Classes: seven attempts.


  • An attempt at a Preliminary Examination is considered an attempt at the examination.
  • If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he is considered to have made an attempt at the examination.
  • Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

NOTE 2: Restrictions on reapplying for the examination

  • A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.
  • If a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Examination is over and he/she continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination notwithstanding his/her having qualified in the Preliminary Examination.
  • If a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, but before the result thereof and continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be considered for appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result of this examination.