Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commision every year, and before registering for the examinations, you should know the basic structure of the civil services exam in 2019.
UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus – 2019
Civil Service examination consists of two stage.
- Stage I – Preliminary examination (Objective type).
- Stage II – Mains examination (Written & Interview).
|Papers||Subjects (Objective Type)||Marks||Duration|
|Paper I||General Studies||200||2 hours|
|Paper II||Aptitude Test||200||2 hours|
- Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with
minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
- The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
Qualifying Papers: –
|Paper – A||One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution||300||3 hours|
|Paper – B||English||300||3 hours|
Papers to be counted for merit:-
|Paper – I||Essay||300||3 hours|
|Paper – II||General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)||300||3 hours|
|Paper – III||General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity,
Social Justice and International relations)
|Paper – IV||General Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security
and Disaster Management)
|Paper – V||General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)||250||3 hours|
|Paper – VI||Optional Subject – Paper 1||250||3 hours|
|Paper – VII||Optional Subject – Paper 2||250||3 hours|
|Sub Total (Written test)||1750||27 hours|
Personality Test (Interview)
- The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).
- Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.
- The ranking is based on the score out of 2025 Marks.
Civil Service Syllabus – 2019
Preliminary Exam Papers
|Paper A – General Studies|
|Paper B – Aptitude Test|
Mains Exam Papers
|Paper I – Essay|
|Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to
write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
|Paper II – General Studies I|
|(Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)
|Paper III – General Studies II|
|(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations).
|Paper IV – General Studies III|
|(Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
|Paper V – General Studies IV|
|( Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)
This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem-solving approach to various
|Paper VI & VII- Optional Subject- Paper 1 & 2|
|The candidate may choose any optional subject from amongst the List of Optional Subjects.|
Civil Service Exam Eligibility Criteria – 2019
Age Limits & Relaxation
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years.
|Defence services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or disturbed area.||3 years|
|Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/ SSCOs who have completed an initial period of an assignment of 5 years military service||5 years|
|ECOs/ SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years of military service||5 years|
|blindness and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy, autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness and deaf-blindness candidates.||10 years|
|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.|
Number of Attempts: Maximum of 6 attempts are allowed. No restriction for SC, ST candidates, and 9 attempts are allowed for OBC, the Physically handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category.
Restrictions on Applying 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.
- A Candidate who is appointed to the Indian Police Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to opt for the Indian Police Service in Civil Services Examination.
Physical Standards: The candidate must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination.