Structure of Examination


The following table clearly illustrates the structure of Civil Services Exam −

Type Description Marks
Preliminary Test (PT) Paper I Objective Type 200
Paper - II Objective Type 200

Main Examination (Written Test)

Note: eligible ONLY after passing PT

Paper - A Indian Language (as selected by the applicant) 300
Paper - B English 300
Paper - I Essay 250
Paper - II General Studies - I 250
Paper - III General Studies - II 250
Paper - IV General Studies - III 250
Paper - V General Studies - IV 250
Paper - VI Optional Subject Paper - I 250
Paper - VII Optional Subject Paper - II 250

Personality Test

Note: eligible ONLY after passing Main Exam

Interview 275


  • The Preliminary Examination (PT) consists of two papers carrying 200 marks each.

  • The Preliminary Examination is of Objective Type (having multiple choice questions).

  • Only PT qualifying candidates are allowed for the Main Exam.

  • The number of candidates who qualified for the main exam is normally about 12 to 13 times of total vacancy.

  • The number of candidates who qualified for the interview is normally about twice of the total vacancy.

  • There is scheme of negative marking for incorrect answers (in PT).

  • For every incorrect answer, 0.33 marks will be deducted as penalty.

  • However, if a candidate chooses not to give an answer rather leave it blank, no penalty will be charged.

  • Each paper will be of two hours duration.

  • The written examination consists of 9 papers out of which first two papers (i.e. Indian language and English) is qualifying in nature.

  • Marks obtained in PT and in two qualifying papers are just qualifying and hence no role in final selection or ranking.

  • Marks obtained in rest seven papers (from Paper I to Paper VII of written exam) and in interview play major role in final selection or ranking.

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