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CSE - Civil Services Exam

The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which is common for the candidates applying for Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service  Examination, and acts as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.

CSE 2016

Important Dates

  • Date of Notification: 23 April, 2016
  • Last Date to Apply: 20 May, 2016
  • Exam Date: 7 August, 2016
  • Civil Services (Main): 3 December, 2016

CSAT (Prelims) Pattern

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry maximum of 400 marks. This exam is only a screening test; the marks obtained in the prelims are only for qualifying for main exam and are not counted for determining final order of merit.

Prelims Paper Duration Questions Marks
Paper I - General Studies 2 Hours 100 200
Paper II - Aptitude 2 Hours 80 200
Total     400

In General Studies Paper - II, minimum qualifying marks is 33%. You will be selected for Mains exam based total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper - I.

Civil Services (Mains) Pattern

The pattern has changed from 2013 main examination. The new pattern is: 

# Paper Subject Marks
1 Paper A Indian Language (Qualifying) 300
2 Paper B English (Qualifying) 300
3 Paper I Essay 250
4 Paper II General Studies - I 250
5 Paper III General Studies - II 250
6 Paper IV General Studies - III 250
7 Paper V General Studies - IV 250
8 Paper VI Optional Subject Paper 1 250
9 Paper VII Optional Subject Paper 2 250
  Total   1750
    Interview (Personality Test) 275
  Grand Total   2025

Civil Services Exam Syllabus

CSAT Syllabus | General Studies Mains Syllabus | Optional Subjects Syllabus


#262 muhammed roufal 2015-11-26 10:25
i'm a graduated in i wanna know about the civil exam's ranks and syllabus.
#261 Palwinder 2015-11-24 12:10
ThNx dear
#260 Anu Prabhudesai 2015-11-20 16:30
Thanks for Exam update and this useful information.
#259 swaminathan 2015-11-19 12:41
respected sir/madam i am swaminathan from tamil nadu .my question is that any percentage is requered for ias in specify.....jus t 60% and above as all government requered.

thank you
#258 Priyanga RajMohan 2015-11-18 10:53
Dear Sir/MAm,
I'm from community. i have married a sc. I have got intercaste married certificate. While applying for upsc exams in what community category i have apply. Pls help me
#257 PRAVIN KUMAR s 2015-11-17 22:32
#256 Vijayp1089 2015-11-15 14:19
Sir I am 19 years old is there any age restriction for appearing the exam and I am doing my B-TECH at present so is it possible to appear for the exam without any degree. My final question is how many times can we appear for the exam.
#255 jitendra thakur 2015-11-09 07:01
Respected sir I m Psi frm Maharashtra police I n interested for IPS so please guide me I dnt have any knowledge abt upsc exam & syllabus
#254 laxmikant panika 2015-11-06 18:55
i am gradute compleat . i am going civil service
#253 diksha bisht 2015-10-29 17:08
Dear Sir/madam I am a final year student of ll.b.(H) . Please sent me CSE syllabus and I don't have more knowledge about this so please guide me..

Thanking you
Your Sincerely
Diksha Bisht
#252 Nikhil vishwanaath 2015-10-09 10:21
Sir / madam iam studying civil engineering final year iam interested in ias but I don't have enough knowledge about this exam please help me for achieving this exam
Tanking you,
Yours sincerely
Nikhil vishwanaath

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