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Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) conducts its UPSC Prelims and Mains examination for recruitment to IAS, IPS, IFS Group 'A' and some Group 'B' services. Read the entire list of services here. Find out about the syllabus, eligibility etc. below.

1. Nationality
For Indian Administrative Service, a candidate should be a citizen of India.
For Indian Foreign Service and other services, a candidate should be one of the following:
- A citizen of India
- A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
- A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 01/01/1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
- A person of Indian origin who has migrated from other countries with the intention of permanently settling in India (detailed list of countries available on official website)
provided that a candidate belonging to categories above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the the Indian government.
2. Age Limit
A candidate must be atleast 21 years of age and less than 30 years of age as on 01-08-2013 for the 2013 exam.
The upper age limit is relaxed upto a maximum of :

Category Age Relaxation (years)
SC / ST 5
Defense Services personnel 3
Domiciled in J&K during the period
01/01/1980 - 31/12/1989

For more categories, visit the official website.
3. Educational Qualification
A candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university or a deemed university.
A candidate who has appeared for the final year of bachelor's degree and awaiting result, along with candidates who intend to appear at such qualifying examinations can also apply, provided that they submit their proof of qualification along with the application for the Mains exam.
A candidate who possesses professional and technical qualification recognised by Government equivalent to the professional and technical degree can also apply.
A candidate who has passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but has not completed internship by the time of submission of application for the Civil Services (Main) Examination can also apply.

Test Duration & Pattern (Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2013)
Paper I : General Studies (GS) - 200 marks - 2 hours

Subject Area Number of Questions
Environment - General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization


Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
General Science 19
Economics - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc. 21
Indian History - History of India and Indian National Movement 15
Indian Politics - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. 17
Total 100
2 marks allotted per correct answer
Negative Marking: 1/3rd of marks allotted for every question
Paper II : Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) - 200 marks - 2 hours

Subject Area Number of Questions
Comprehension 24
English Language Comprehension 8
Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability 23
General Mental Ability & Basic Numeracy 19
Decision Making & Interpersonal Skills 6
Total 80
2.5 marks allotted per correct answer
Negative Marking: 1/3rd of marks allotted for every question
No negative marking for questions on Interpersonal Skills and Decision Making

Selection Process
The Civil Services Exam is a paper based test and consists of two successive stages:
(i) Preliminary Examination (Objective type) comprising 2 exams : General Studies and CSAT
(ii) Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview)

Important Dates (2013)
Preliminary Exam: 26th May 2013
Mains Exam: 01st December 2013
Read the official notification here.

How to Apply
Register on (Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website)
The application charge for male candidates is Rs. 100/- only. There is no application charge for female and SC / ST / Physically Handicapped candidates.
All candidates, whether already in government service, government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications directly to the Commission.

Official Website

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