The successive stages of examination are:
- Preliminary Examination for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination
- Main Examination (Written) for the selection of candidates for interview for a Personality Test.
- Interview (Personality Test)
General Studies includes the following: General Science, Current Events
of national and international importance, History of India and Indian
National Movement, India and World Geography, Indian Polity and Economy
and General Mental Ability.
Optional Subjects for Preliminary Examination: Agriculture, Animal
Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Civil
Engineering, Commerce, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography,
Geology, Indian History, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering,
Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology,
Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics and Zoology.
should note that their will be penalty (Negative Marking) answers
marked by a candidate in the Objective Question Papers.
- For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
- For other services, a candidate must be either:—
1. A citizen of India, or
2. a subject of Nepal, or
3. a subject of Bhutan, or
4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. or
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.
Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may
be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be
given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued
to him by the Government of India.
Back to Eligibility Conditions:-
(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2010, ie he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1980 and not later than 1st August, 1989.
(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
- Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other
Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to
a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in
the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st
January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel
disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or
in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof:
a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including
Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five
years Military Service as on 1st August, 2010
and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those
whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2010) 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.
a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an
initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2010
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 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.
NOTE I- Candidates
belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the
Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of
para 3(ii) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of
Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind,
deaf-mute and orthopadically handicapped etc. will be eligible for
grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.
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 under para 3(ii) (b) (v) and (vi) will not be
admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including
ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own reguest.
Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3(ii) (b)
(vii) above, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be
eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical
examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may
be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and
medical standards for the concerned Services/posts to be allocated to
the physically disabled candidates by the Government.
Save as provided above the age limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.
date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the
Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a
certificate recognised 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 Second
candidate appearing at the Civil Services Examination, who is otherwise
eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination.
that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the
case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are
further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging
to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven.
This relaxation will be available to the candidates who are eligible to
avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
further that 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 General Category shall be eligible for seven
attempts. The relaxation will be available to the physically
handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation
applicable to such candidates.
An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.
a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary
Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the
the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of
appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.