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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) New Delhi conducts Civil Services Examination (CSE) in three Stages:
  • Civil Services Preliminary (CSP) Examination / also called Civil Services Prelims / Civil Service PT i.e. Prelims Test
  • Civil Services Mains Examination
  • And, Personality Test / Interview for Selection of Civil Servants in different posts / services / departments of Government of India on the basis of Merit in Civil Services Mains Examination.

Civil Services Preliminary Examination is Screening Test to gauge the candidates’ ability if they can compete for Civil Services Mains Examination. Of those qualify on the criteria sets by UPSC in Civil Services Mains Examination are called for Personality Interview for Final Selection for India Civil Services.

The Notification for Civil Services Schedule 2015 is already out.
The last date for Online Submission of Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2015 Application Form is 19 June 2015. The Screening Test for Civil Services 2015 i.e. Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2014 shall be held on 23 August 2015.

What are the post and positions offered on the basis of UPSC Civil Services Examination 2015?


On the basis of Civil Services Examination 2015 recruitment shall be done to the following posts and services

(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 Total No. of Vacant Positions are approximately 1129.

The Application Window for Civil Services Preliminary (CSP) Examination / CSP Test 2015 is open now.

Apply Online For Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2015
http://www.upsconline.nic.in/mainmenu2.php

Read UPSC Civil Services 2015 Notification
http://www.upsc.gov.in/exams/notifications/2015/CSP_2015/CSP_2015_eng.pdf

Last Date for submission of application form is 19 June 2015

Writing Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2015 is a two step process. First complete the Part I Registration and then Proceed to Part II Registration

How many jobs are offered by UPSC Civil Services Examination 2015?

According to UPSC Official Notification 2015 on its website, on the basis of Civil Services Examination 2015, approximately 1129 includes 29 vacancies reserved for P.H. Category, i.e. 13 vacancies for LDCP, 5 Vacancies for B/LV and 11 Vacancies for H.I. The final number of vacancies may undergo change after getting firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling AuthoritiesThe final number of vacancies may undergo change after getting firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities.

What is criteria for Reservation in UPSC Civil Services Examination 2015?

Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Physically Disabled (PD) Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

Shall UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2015 be held in my location?


The UPSC Civil Services Examination 2015 is All India Competitive Examination for recruitment of eligible people in Top Post of Government. The examination will be held in following cities across India:
  • Agartala
  • Ahmedabad
  • Aizawal
  • Allahabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bareilly
  • Bhopal
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Cuttack
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Dharwar
  • Dispur
  • Gangtok
  • Hyderabad
  • Imphal
  • Itanagar
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Jorhat
  • Kochi
  • Kohima
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Madurai
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Panaji (Goa)
  • Patna
  • Port Blair
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Sambalpur
  • Shillong
  • Shimla
  • Srinagar
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Tirupati
  • Udaipur
  • Vishakhapatnam

What is Examination Patter for Civil Services 2015?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) shall conduct Screening Test, Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2014. The exam will be Objective Type Test. On the basis of performance in Preliminary Round Testing for which the UPSC will set CUTOFF Marks criteria, candidates will be called for Civil Services Main Examination Written Test and Interview. The Civil Services Main Examination 2014 Written Test will be Descriptive (Question / Answer) Examination. Candidates will be required answering questions in elaborative format. However in Preliminary Examination 4 will be given against each question of candidates will have to chose correct option. The UPSC Interview for Civil Services Recruitment is Litmus Test of what you have studied and whether you would be able to serve for elite post in Government of India.

When Civil Services Examination 2015 shall be held?


The UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2015 (Prelims Round Test) is Scheduled on August 23, 2015. Main Examination is likely to be held in December 2015 and Interview after declaration of Civil Services Main Examination Result 2015

What is eligibility Criteria for applying?

For writing application to UPSC Civil Services Examination 2015, a candidate needs to fulfill following eligibility conditions:

Nationality:
For the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India.

For other services, a candidate must be either:
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) 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.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

Age Limits:

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2015 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1983 and not later than 1st August, 1994.

Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules / Regulations pertaining to various services is being taken separately.

(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable :

(i) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a
Scheduled Tribe.

(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

(iii) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.

(iv) upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled
in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.

(v) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2015 and have been released

(i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2015) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or
(ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment.

(vi) Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed
an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2014 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of
Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they
will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of
offer of appointment.

(vii) upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically
handicapped persons.

NOTE I: Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and
the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(ii) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

NOTE II: The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules,
1979, as amended from time to time.

Note III : The age concession under para (ii) (b) (v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-
Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own request.

NOTE IV: Notwithstanding the provision of agerelaxation under para (ii) (b) (vii) above,
a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment
only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing
authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements
of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/posts to be allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the Government. Save as provided above the age limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.

The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates
maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority
of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.
These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Civil Services (Main) Examination.

No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted. The expression Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.

NOTE 1: Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate
as on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

Note 2 : Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

Note 3 : The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in the online Application Form for the Preliminary Examination. If on verification
at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be
taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.

Educational Qualification: The minimum educational qualification for appearing in Civil Services Examination 2015 is a Graduate Degree in Subject / Study Discipline from a recognized university or board. Candidates who have appeared in final year Bachelor’s Degree examination are also eligible to apply. Such candidates would require furnishing the proof of passing the qualifying degree examination during the Form Submission for Main Examination in September / October. Only those candidates will be invited to apply for Civil Services Main Examination who qualifies in Civil Services Prelims. For candidates graduating in Medical Sciences like MBBS, if internship is not complete during the submission of Application Form for Main Examination 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.

Civil Services Examination is pretty tough; how many attempts can I take?


No. of Attempts: 6 for General Category, 9 for OBC Category, No Limit for Schedule Castes / Schedule Tribes; Physically Handicapped candidates if belonging to General Category shall be eligible to appear for 9 attempts or if belonging to other Category also then according to number of attempts for particular category.

If a candidate disqualifies in Preliminary Stage itself then this shall be considered as an attempt.

Restrictions: IAS and IFS Officers serving to any post as a result of previous examination are not eligible to appear for Civil Services Examination again.

Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination, 2014 as per guidelines given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 23 May, 2015.

How much Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2015 Costs?

Application Fee: Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ ST/PH Candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only) 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/Sate Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala /State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

Can a candidate pay in Cash?

Applicants who opt for "Pay by Cash" mode should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only.

How to Apply for Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2014?

Apply Online For Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2015


Last Date for submission of Application Form is 19 June 2015 till 11.59 PM

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