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.

Important Dates

  • Date of Notification: 19 February, 2019
  • Last Date to Apply: 18 March, 2019
  • Exam Date: 02 June, 2019
  • Civil Services Mains: 20 September, 2019

Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, you must be a citizen of India. For other services, you must be either a citizen of India, or a subject of Nepal, or a subject of Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee a person of Indian origin.

Age: You must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, of the year of exam.

Education: You should possess a degree of graduation in any stream from any university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Those who have appeared in the qualifying exam and are waiting for their results are also eligible to apply.

A candidate applying for IFS exam must possess a Bachelor's degree in one of the following subjects, including animal husbandry and veterinary science, botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, statistics and zoology, or a Bachelor's degree in agriculture, forestry or engineering from a recognized university.

Number of attempts: You are permitted six attempts at the examination.

Exam Pattern

The Civil Services Examination consists of two successive stages:

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination
  2. Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.

CSAT Preliminary Exam 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 Exam Pattern

 The written examination consists of 9 papers of conventional essay type. The new pattern from the year 2013 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