UPSC Civil Services Examination (Prelims) 2013 | Exam Pattern date Syllabus 2013

About UPSC Civil Services Examination (Prelims)
The UPSC Civil Services Examination (Prelims and Mains) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for entrance to the IAS, IPS, IFS and other Group ‘A’ and some Group ‘B’ services. Read the entire list of services here.

1.     Nationality
•     For Indian Administrative Service, a candidate should be a citizen of India.
•     For Indian Foreign Service and other services, a candidate should either be a citizen of India/ a subject of Nepal/ a subject of Bhutan/ a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India/a person of Indian origin who has migrated from other countries (detailed list of countries available on official website) with the intention of permanently settling in India.
2.     Age Limit
•     A candidate should be between 21 – 30 years (both inclusive) as on the date mentioned under the UPSC examination notification.
•     The upper age limit is relaxed upto a maximum of :
Category     Age Relaxation (years)
SC/ST     5
OBC     3
Defense Services personnel     3
domiciled in the J&K during the period
01/01/1980 - to 31/12/1989     5
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 appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree and awaiting result can also apply.
•     A Candidate 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 his/her internship by the time of submission of his/her application for the Civil Services (Main) Examination

Test Duration & Pattern
UPSC Preliminary Exam 2012 format
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     20
General Science     12
Economics - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.     11
Indian History - History of India and Indian National Movement.     20
Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.     10
Indian Politics - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.     27
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     35
English Language Comprehension     8
Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability     27
General Mental Ability & Basic Numeracy     3
Decision Making & Interpersonal Skills     7
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

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