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What will be the number of vacancies to be filled on the basis of result of a particular Civil Services Examination?

  • The number of vacancies is specified in the notice issued by the Union Public Service Commission, after getting the details from various cadre controlling authorities (CCAs) for the services to which recruitment is made by the Central Government on the basis of Civil Services Examination (CSE).


  • Those services are treated as Technical Services which require special medical status in terms of vision, height, chest, chest expansion etc.
  • The Technical services under CSE are as follows.
    • The Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group 'A'.
    • Railway Protection Force (RPF) Group A,
    • Indian Police Service, Gr. A,
    • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service. Group 'B'.
    • Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'
    • Indian Ordinance Factories Service (IOFS) Group A.

Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University apply for Commission's Examination?

  • Yes, provided it is a recognized University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible

Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at graduate/PG level?

  • Yes.

If a candidate has applied for the CS (P) Examination but has not appeared at any paper in the CS (P) Examination will it be counted as an attempt?

  • No. An attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in CS (P) Examination.

Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?

  • No, Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth schedule languages. However, if the candidate‚Äôs optional subject is a literature subject, then GS can be in English/Hindi.

Who is eligibility to appear in the Civil Service Examination?

  • For the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For other Services, a candidate must be either-
    • a citizen of India, or
    • a subject of Nepal, or
    • a subject of Bhutan, or
    • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or 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.
      • 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.

What age limit has been prescribed for appearing in the Civil Service Examination for different categories of candidates? How many attempts are allowed for the same?

  • The minimum age to appear to UPSC Civil Services Exam is 21 years as on 1st August of that year. Upper age limit for General Category is 32 years, for OBC it is 35 years while for SC/ST it is 37 years.
  • Number of attempts permissible for a general category candidate in UPSC Civil Services Exam is 6, for OBC candidates the number of attempts permitted it 9, SC/ST category candidates will have unlimited attempts till they attain the upper age limit to appear for UPSC Civil Service Exam.

Whether a candidate who is allocated to one of the services participating in the Civil Service Examination can again appear in the Civil Service Examination for improvement?

  • Yes, except those who have been allocated to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)/Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

What is the provision for reservation in Civil Service Examination?

  • Reservation is made for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC and PH candidates in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

Whether any posts are reserved for persons with disability (PH) in CSE?

  • Yes. 3% of posts, 1% each for Visually Impaired (VI) , Hearing Impaired(HI) and Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy(LDCP) is permissible in services (except those which have obtained exemption from M/o SJ&E) participating in CSE.

Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of states but not in the Central list of OBCs is eligible for age relaxation, reservation etc. for Commission's Examinations?

  • No. Only candidates belonging to communities which are included in the Central list of OBC's are eligible for such concessions.

Whether medical examination of candidates qualified in CSE (Mains) is mandatory?

  • Yes, medical examination of candidates qualified in CSE (Mains) is mandatory, in order to ensure that they are in good mental /physical health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with discharge of their duties as an officer of the service.

For how many services one can indicate his/her preference?

  • A candidate shall be required to mandatorily indicate order of preferences for all the services participating in the Civil Services Examination for the year, in the application form for main examination. No preference, zero preference and the same order of preference for two or more services shall not be allowed in any case.

Whether change of preference of services once indicated is permitted?

  • No change in preferences of services once indicated by a candidate would be permitted.

I have not indicated preferences for all the service for CSE 2012. What will happen if I do not get service for which I have indicated preference?

  • You will be considered for allocation of service against remaining services where vacancies are available after allocations of all the candidates who could be allocated to those cadres in accordance with their preferences.

Who is General Merit (GM) or Meritorious Reserved Category (MRC) candidate?

  • A candidate belonging to Reserved Category but qualified in CSE on his/her own merit without availing any relaxation like maximum age limit, number of attempts etc is called GM or MRC candidate.

What is Service allocation from Reserve List?

  • Reserved Category candidate who qualify on General Merit, are adjusted against unreserved vacancies. But in case some GM/MRC candidates do not get service of their higher preference in UR category, they are allowed to switch over to their own category leaving vacant slots. In order to meet such situation, UPSC maintains to lists equal to number of GM candidate - one of GM candidates and other of Reserved Category candidates. These lists are called Reserved List.

What are the parameters on which service allocation to a particular candidate is decided?

  • Service allocation to a particular candidate is depending on rank of the candidate in CSE, his/ her order of preference for service, his/her category, availability of vacancy in his/her category at his /her turn and findings of Medical Board/Appellate Board in respect of him/her.


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