1. The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:

(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and

(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.

  1. The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400.

This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

Preliminary Examination Mains Examination
Paper 1: General Studies (GS)

(100 Questions x 2 Marks = 200 Marks)

Time: 2 Hours


Paper 2: Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT)

(80 Questions x 2.5 Marks = 200 Marks)

Time: 2 Hours

Note- Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

































The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Note – Language papers of Modern Indian Language & English are qualifying in nature.

25% marks in ‘Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.


Compulsory English

Total Marks: 300

Time: 3 Hours

Modern Indian Language

Total Marks: 300

Time: 3 Hours






Essay – 250 Marks


General Studies–I -250Marks

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)


General Studies –II-250 Marks

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)


General Studies –III -250 Marks

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)


General Studies –IV -250 Marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of Optional Subjects.


Optional Subject – Paper 1 -250 Marks


Optional Subject – Paper 2 -250 Marks


Sub Total (Written test) = 1750 Marks


   Personality Test -275 Marks.

  Grand Total =2025 Marks


*       The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest.

*       The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate.

*       In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her 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 technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

*       The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers.

*       Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

List of optional subjects for Main Examination:

(i) Agriculture xiv) Management
(ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science (xv) Mathematics
(iii) Anthropology (xvi) Mechanical Engineering
(iv) Botany (xvii) Medical Science
(v) Chemistry (xviii) Philosophy
(vi) Civil Engineering (xix) Physics
(vii) Commerce and Accountancy (xx) Political Science and International Relations
(viii) Economics (xxi) Psychology
(ix) Electrical Engineering (xxii) Public Administration
(x) Geography (xxiii) Sociology
(xi) Geology (xxiv) Statistics
(xii) History (xxv) Zoology
(xiii) Law (xxvi) Literature of any one of the following  languages:

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.



(i) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.

(ii) Each paper will be of three hours duration.

(iii) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language papers Paper-A and Paper-B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India or in English.

(iv) Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the languages mentioned above may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases; their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.

(v) The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only