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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Civil Service Preliminary Examination 2012

The Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination 2012, will be held on 20th May, 2012 (Sunday) at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Aligarh, Allahabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Puducherry, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam.
Plan of Examination: The Civil Services Examination will he held in two successive stages. The first stage, the Civil Services Preliminary Examination which will be of the Objective type, will be for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination. The second stage, the Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview) will be for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.
Preliminary: Preliminary Examination will have two compulsory papers of 200 marks each with each paper being of two hours duration. Blind candidates will be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper. Both the question papers will have objective type, multiple choice questions. The question papers will be set in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
Syllabi for the Preliminary are given as Part A of Section III of the Notification available at
It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.
Applications are now invited for the Preliminary Examination only. Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Main Examination will have to apply again, in the Detailed Application Form which would be supplied to them.
The Main Examination is likely to be held in October/November, 2012.
(i) Nationality: For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, applicant must be a citizen of India. For other services, a candidate must be either a citizen of India, or a subject of Nepal, or a subject of Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, 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. Details are there in the Notification.
(ii) Age: Applicant must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2012 (Applicant must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1982 and not later than 1st August, 1991). The upper age limit will be relaxable for SC/ST and also Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates and certain other categories. Details are given in the Notification available at
(iii) Educational Qualifications: Applicant 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. Those who have appeared at the qualifying examination and those who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination subject to production of proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination if they are declared qualified for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination, failing which they will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August, 2012. Those possessing Professional and Technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to Professional and Technical Degree can apply. Those who have passed the Final Professional M.B.B.S or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.
(iv) Number of attempts: The maximum number of attempts to different categories of applicants who are otherwise eligible are as follows. (i) General category- 4 (ii) PH Applicants of the General Category- 7 (iii) Other backward Classes (available to the candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates) – 7 (iv) SC/ST- No limit. An attempt at a Preliminary Examination will be considered to be an attempt at the Examination. If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be considered to have made an attempt at the Examination. Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
(v) Restrictions: 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. In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Examination, 2012 is over and he/she continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2012 notwithstanding his/her having qualified in the Preliminary Examination, 2012. Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2012 but before the result thereof and continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be considered for appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result of Civil Services Examination, 2012.
(vi) Physical Standards: Applicants must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination, 2012 as per guidelines given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 4th February, 2012.
Application: Applications are to be submitted online at, latest by 11.59 pm on 5th March, 2012. The detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available at this website. Brief Instructions for filling up the "Online Application Form" given in Appendix-II of the Notification. Applicants should submit only a single application. However, if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like applicants’ details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.
Online Application Form will have to be completed in two stages, namely Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available in the site through drop down menus. The Online applications (Part I and II) can be filled till 5th March, 2012 till 11.59 p.m. after which link will be disabled.
Fees: Female/SC/ST/PH applicants are exempted from payment of fee. Others are required to pay a fee of Rs. 50/- either by remitting the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using Net Banking facility of State Bank of India/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using any Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card. Candidates admitted to the Main Examination will be required to pay a further fee of Rs. 200/-.
Main Examination: The Main written Examination will have a total of 9 papers. The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. Each paper will be of three hours duration. Blind candidates will be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
Paper I (300 marks) will be one of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. Paper II (300 marks) will be English. Paper III will be Essay carrying 200 marks. Papers IV and V, each carrying 300 marks will be papers on General Studies. Papers VI VII, VIII and IX, each carrying 300 marks, will be based on the two subjects (two papers based on each subject) to be selected from the list of the optional subjects that include Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce and Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology, Literature of one of the following languages Arabic, Assamese, Bodo, Bengali, Chinese, Dogri, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Persian,Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subjects:
(i) Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration
(ii) Commerce & Accountancy and Management
(iii) Anthropology and Sociology
(iv) Mathematics and Statistics
(v) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
(vi) Management and Public Administration
(vii) Not more than one subject among the Engineering subjects, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
(viii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science
The Papers on Indian Languages and English will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking. Evaluation of the papers, 'Essay, 'General Studies' and Optional Subjects would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on 'Indian languages' and English'. However, the marks in 'Essay', General Studies' and 'Optional Subject' papers of those who attain the minimum standard fixed by the Commission for the qualifying papers on 'Indian language' and 'English' will be considered for finalising those applicants to be called for the Interview. The marks in 'Essay' 'General studies and Optional subjects' will not be disclosed to those candidates who fail to obtain such minimum qualifying standard in 'Indian language and 'English'.
Syllabus: Details of the syllabi for the Main Examination are indicated in Part B of Section III of the Notification available at
Interview/Personality Test: Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by UPSC, will be called for an interview/for a Personality Test. The number of candidates to be called for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 300 marks, with no minimum qualifying marks.
The interview is aimed to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service, by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of the applicant’s career. The interview is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate and will be an assessment of the intellectual qualities of the candidate and also his/her social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
The final ranking would be based on the marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview). Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.
Services: The Civil Services Examination, 2012 is for recruitment to the Services and Posts mentioned below.
(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A".
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'.
(xxiii Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'.
The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is expected to be approximately 1037. The number of vacancies may get increased. Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.
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