What is the level of competition in UPSC Civil Services Exam?

  • The number of UPSC Civil Services aspirants has exceeded 9,00,000 who fill the form and around 4,00,000 who appear in the first stage of the exam, the preliminary exam.
  • The number of candidates who qualify the Preliminary Examination to appear in the Main Examination is equal to 12 to 13 times the number of vacancies in the Civil Services Examination in that year.
  • Out of these, the number of candidates who qualify to appear in the interview is 2 times the number of vacancies in the civil service advertised in that year.
  • For example, if the number of vacancies in a given year is 1000, approximately 13,000 candidates will be called (qualified) by UPSC to appear in the main examination and those who qualify for the main examination to appear in the interview. The number of candidates will be around 2,000.

What is the number of vacancies per year in UPSC Civil Services Exam?

The number of vacancies has been reported by the Union Public Service Commission in its advertisement/notification for the examination. The number of vacancies varies every year; The number of vacancies per year varies between 1000 and 1200 in the last 4 years.

When does UPSC advertise about the exam?

UPSC publishes/releases the notification to conduct the Civil Services Examination in the month of May every year for the preliminary examination to be held in the month of August of the same year. Applications are invited by UPSC by June end of that year.

Can a candidate who has completed his/her education from Open School/University apply for Civil Services Examination?

Yes, provided it is a recognized University and possesses the prescribed educational qualifications for the examination and is otherwise eligible.

How many attempts are required to crack the Civil Services Exam?

The number of attempts for general category candidates is 6; OBC is 9 and is unlimited for a candidate belonging to SC/ST category (there is no restriction on the number of attempts for SC/ST category).

Is there any relaxation in the number of attempts for physically handicapped?

A physically handicapped will get the same number of attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his/her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate belonging to the general category will be eligible for nine attempts. Relaxation will be available to physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail the benefits of reservation applicable to such candidates.

Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of the states included in the Central List of OBC is eligible for age relaxation, reservation etc. for Civil Services Examinations?

No. Only candidates belonging to those communities which are included in the central list of OBCs are eligible for such concessions.

Whether relaxation on number of attempts and reservation is applicable for all candidates included in the Central List of OBC

Members of Other Backward Classes belonging to the Creamy Layer (‘Creamy Layer’ being the income limit beyond which OBCs are not eligible for quota) will not be eligible for reservation in jobs and education. At present, the annual income of Creamy Layer Bar is more than Rs 6 lakh. More information on the creamy layer criterion is available here

Can a candidate write the Civil Services (Main) Examination in English and give an interview in Hindi or at the level of any other Indian language?

  • Candidates, who choose the medium of Indian language for writing the Civil Services (Main) Examination, may choose either the same Indian language or English or Hindi as the medium for the interview.
  • Candidates, opting to write the Civil Services (Main) Examination in English, may opt for the Compulsory Indian Language paper in English or Hindi or any other Indian language as the medium of interview by them.
  • However, the candidates who are exempted from the compulsory Indian language paper will have to choose either English or Hindi as the medium of interview for the personality test.

On what criteria are the answer sheets sent for evaluation after the written test? Is this roll no. Based on the basis or on the basis of the center of the examination? i.e. will a particular examiner group of examiners get to evaluate the answer sheets of only a particular center or a particular group of roll numbers?

The answer sheets received from different places are mixed before they are sent for evaluation. Computer-Based Random Fantasy Code No. each answer sheet is given before evaluation.

Are individual marks in different papers or total marks in all the papers considered for merit?

The aggregate marks in all the papers of the respective part (Preliminary/Main) are considered for merit. However, the Commission reserves the right to fix the qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

Preliminary Examination: In CSE (P) 2013, the minimum marks required for qualifying Paper-I was fixed at 30 and for Paper-II at 70. UPSC prepares a list of candidates to qualify for the Civil Services (Main) Examination. The aggregate qualifying marks in any or all the subjects as determined by the Commission.

Main Examination: The aggregate marks obtained by the candidates for all the ranking papers (from Paper I-VII) will be counted for merit. However, the Commission reserves the right to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination. In CSE (M) 2013, it was subject to 10% marks in each of the seven ranking papers. Candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be prescribed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be called by them for an interview or personality test.

Is it possible that my answer sheets were evaluated by a strict examiner, while another candidate benefited because his answer sheets were evaluated by a 'liberal' examiner?

The paper setter, who is a reputed person in his field, usually acts as the chief examiner, and wherever the number of candidates in a particular subject is very high, the commission may appoint additional examiners to evaluate the answer sheets. does.

In order to achieve uniformity in evaluation, where more than one examiner is involved, the Commission arranges a meeting of the Principal Examiner with additional examiners after the examination is over. At this stage, they thoroughly discuss the question paper, appropriate answers, and set the evaluation criteria.

In order to bring about uniformity of evaluation among the examiners, the following procedure is followed: The Principal Examiner conducts a sample survey of the answer sheets of each additional examiner to verify that the same standards of evaluation developed at the examiners’ meeting are in fact adhered to. has been done or not. , Depending on the standard adopted by the Additional Examiner, the Principal Examiner may confirm awards without change if the Examiner has correctly adhered to the set standard, or if deemed necessary to ensure the maximum possible degree of uniformity. But can do upward/downward moderation. evaluation process.

Hence, adequate attention is given to the aspect of inter examiner variation in the standards of evaluation in the paper affecting the performance of the candidates.

Can I know the question-wise marks awarded for a paper?

In a competitive examination, what is relevant is not the absolute performance of the candidate, but his relative performance that really determines whether the candidate is qualified or not, and if so, his position in the merit list. Accordingly, as explained above, the evaluation process does not end after a preliminary assessment by an examiner. Moderation, wherever applicable, is initially on the total prize awarded (so-called ‘raw marks’) and not on a question-wise basis.

Hence, once the evaluation process is completed, neither the ‘raw marks’ nor the ‘question wise’ marks are retained. What is the total score of the candidate in a given paper at the end of the evaluation process and the award is made available to the candidate in due time (a month or two), usually on the website of the Commission.

Whether the subject-wise paper-wise marks of each candidate are/are available for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination?

No, this is because the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is only a short-listing (elimination) exercise to select candidates for the Main Examination and thus the marks obtained in this examination are not communicated to the candidates . However, an individual candidate who wants to know his/her marks can ask for such information from the commission as per the RTI Act 2005.