UPSC civil service exam eligibility criteria, fees and general pattern

As informed here, those aspiring to get employment in any government service department/organization, need to appear for the civil service exam. Candidates need to look out for the official notification in leading newspapers for the notification of the exam in November/December months. The exam is generally conducted in the month of May.

Educational qualification criteria
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam is a civil service exam which open to all graduates in any stream. The degree should be of a recognized university. If you are in the final year of your degree exam too, you can appear for the Preliminary exam but must pass your degree exam before taking the main exam.

Additional Notes:
1. Even if you have done a graduate degree course without having passed Std X and Std.XII, you are eligible to appear for the civil service exam.

2. For the Combined Medical Services Examination (CMS), you must have an MBBS Degree or studying in final year of MBBS course are eligible. You are ineligible for the exam if you have a Degree in BDS or in Ayurvedic/ Unani systems of medicine.

Age criteria
You should be between 21 and 30 years of age as on 1st August on the year of the exam. This age criteria is relaxable for certain categories of candidates as per the Commission’s notification of the exam.

  • Cost of SAMPERA (Screening and Mechanised Processing of Examination and Recruitment Applications) form (known as Form-E): Rs.30/-
  • Registration fee for the exam: Rs.100/-.

Note: There is no online or offline fee for: Candidates of SC/ST/PH category and female candidates.

Preliminary exam pattern
For the civil service preliminary exam, there are 2 compulsory papers. Each paper is of 2 hours duration and of 200 marks. All questions are of objective type multiple choice questions (MCQs).

Main exam pattern
The main exam is a written exam with a total of 9 papers.

The medium for interview can be selected by the candidate, option being English or Hindi or any other Indian language opted by them for the compulsory Indian language paper in the main written exam.

Number of attempts
For the civil service exam, general category candidates can appear for a maximum 4 times and OBC candidates seven times. 

For SC/ST candidates, there is no restriction. 

In the case of physically handicapped candidates, there is no relaxation but those in the SC, ST and OBC categories will be eligible for relaxation in number of attempts provided to such categories.

For the IFS exam too it is the same as for the civil service exam.


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