Civil Services Exams (popularly known as IAS Exams) are being conducted every year in India to fill prestigious posts like IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), IFS (Indian Foreign Service), IRS (Indian Revenue Service) and many other central government services. The Civil Services Exams are conducted in three phases.
|Exam / Test||2017 - 18 dates|
|Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam||June 18, 2017|
|Civil Services (Main) Exam||28 Oct 2017 onwards|
|Interview (Personality test)||Jan / Feb 2018|
Civil Services (Preliminary) exam is an objective-type test meant to serve as a screening test to select candidates for Civil Services (Main) Exam. Conducted annually on a Sunday in May/June by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), Civil Services (Preliminary) consists of two papers. Marks obtained in the Civil Services (Preliminary) exam will not be counted for final ranking. There will be four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
|Paper||Time limit||Marks||Pass %|
|1. General Studies||120 minutes||200 marks||NA|
|2. General Aptitude||120 minutes||200 marks||33%|
Indian citizens who satisfy the following three criteria are eligible to take the Civil Services exam
|Age limit||between 21 years and 32 years on the 1st of August of the exam year (age relaxation available for reserved categories)|
|Education||any degree from any recognized University with any percentage (final year studdents who can obtain degree by September of the exam year are also eligible)|
|Attempts||not more than six attempts for general candidates (relaxation available for reserved categories)|
Minimum score in Paper I of candidates who successfully cleared the Preliminary exam by scoring atleast 33% in Paper II (For Preliminary Exam conducted in 2015)
What's the minimum score of a successful candiadte in the Preliminary exam?
Current events of national and intenational importance
Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Paper I Syllabus
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, Panchayat 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 ClimateChange
Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Paper II Syllabus
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)