UPSC Qualification, Age, Attempt, Pattern & Books for Freshers
To apply for UPSC Civil Services (IAS/IPS?/IFS) Examination, a candidate
- Must be a Graduate. No minimum %, grade or CGPA required in graduation. Pass certificate of graduation from a college/university recognized by UGC/AICTE/any law.
- Undergraduate in the final semester of final year can apply.
- American degrees valid but have to get equivalent certificate from AIU.
- Distance education degree valid- IF recognized by UGC/AICTE/any Law
- MBBS must have completed internship before UPSC Interview-stage comes.
Age and Attempt Limit
|GENERAL & CREAMY OBC||NON-CREAMY OBC||SC | ST|
|Max 6 Attempts||Max 9 Attempts||Max 16 Attempts|
- Age is counted as on the 1st of August of the given year.
- Physical Disabled candidates’ age limits:
- PH-Gen: 42,
- PH-OBC (non-Creamy): 45 years;
- PH-SC/ST: 47 years.
- This is cumulative ST ex-serviceman who was disabled: 32 +5 (ST) +5 (Ex serviceman) + PH (10)=52 years. But such cumulative effect will apply till maximum upper age limit 56 years, as per this DoPT Notification.
- PH (GEN | OBC) = 9 attempts while PH (SC | ST) = Attempts, till upper age.
- J&K Domicile OR Ex-serviceman: addl. +5 years| Attempt depend on category.
STAGES OF EXAMS:
Apply online : 1st week of Feb to 1st week of March. You’ve to indicate optional subject in online Prelim-form. You can’t change it afterwards during Mains form. NO Documents/ Mark sheet and Caste Certificate are not required at this stage.
- Stage 1: Prelims / CSAT: 1st Week of June
- Multiple choice Question (MCQ) Test.
- Two Papers
- 1) General Studies
- 2) Aptitude.
- No optional paper here.
- Question paper is set in English and Hindi. If you apply online but remain absent in prelims, then your attempt is not counted.
- Stage 2: Mains : September or October (five days)
- When you clear UPSC Prelims Exam, You’ll have to fill up a new separate (online) form called “Detailed Application form” (DAF).
- In this online DAF-form, Your optional subject will be pre-selected from prelims form, hence you can’t change.
- Along with DAF-you’ll have to give proof of graduation, caste, PH. Mains contains Seven Descriptive Papers; including one optional subject paper.
- Stage 3: Personality Test, Dates will vary for Each candidate
- Can be given in any language. But advisable to give in Hindi/English otherwise 1) Leaves Poor impression 2) Translator eats up time/ reduces impact of your answer.
How to start Prelim Preparation?
Step 1: Know the Exam Pattern
Step 2: Know the Exam Syllabus
Step 3: Go Through Previous Year Papers
Step 4: Start with NCERT Textbooks
Step 5: Devise Subject Wise Preparation Strategy
Paper-I: GS- Syllabus, Structure
Paper-II: Aptitude- Syllabus, Structure
UPSC PRELIMS SYLLABUS
The Following table is about UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern & What are the UPSC Prelims Exam papers and subjects for and we are providing UPSC Syllabus below this table.
|UPSC Prelims Exam Papers||
|Paper I – General Studies: Only Marks of this paper is counted for making merit||
|Paper II – Aptitude: This paper is of qualifying nature, but candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper and marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination.||
- Current events of national and international importance
- 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, Panchayati 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 Climate change-that donot require subject specialization
- General science
- 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)
- English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)
- Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level. (will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation).