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UPSC Syllabus
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So you have finally decided to write UPSC exam and you want to know what is the syllabus and whether you are eligible to appear for the exam, which coaching centre is best, how many attempts are permitted,etc,etc,etc......
There are FOUR different syllabus. You have to choose one among them.

1. Indian Civil Services Syllabus : ( IAS Syllabus | CSE Syllabus)

2.Indian Forest Services : IFS Syllabus

3.Indian Engineering Services : IES Syllabus

4.Indian Economic Service / Indian Statistical Service : IES / ISS Syllabus

Important Dates for Civil Service

Important Dates for Civil Service

Exam notification wil be published in November or December.

Preliminary Exam will be conducted in May and Main exam will be in November

Important Dates for Engineering Service

Exam notification wil be published in January or February.

Exams will be conducted in May and Main exam will be in June/july



Eligibility to write IAS :

Any degree such as BA,BSc,MA,MSc,BTech,BE,MBBS

Age : Between 21 to 30.

Eligibility to write Engineering Service(IES):

Any Engineering Degree (some of the MSc degree also eligible)

Age : Between 21 to 30.

For complete eligibility condition and age relaxation click here

civil service

 Notiificatiaon:Nov/Dec, Exam:May

Civil Service (preliminary)

Paper - I ....150 marks.......General Studies
Paper - II ...300 marks..... One of the subjects from this list ;
Agriculture, Mathematics, Animal Husbandry & Vetinary Science, Mechanical Engineering , Botany, Medical Science, Chemistry, Philosophy , Civil Engineering, Physics, Commerce, Political Science , Economics, Psychology, Electrical Engineering, Public Administration,
Geography, Sociology, Geology, Statistics, Indian History, Zoology , Law

CS (Main)

Paper-I....300 Marks.. One of the Indian Languages from this list:Arabic Gujarat,i Manipuri ,Sanskrit, Assamese, Hindi, Nepali ,Sindhi , Bengali ,Kannada, Oriya ,Tamil , Chinese, Kashmiri, Pali, Telugu , English, Konkani, Persian, Urdu , French, Marathi ,Punjabi, German, Malayalam,Russian ,

Paper-II ...300 Marks ..English
Paper-III...200 Marks ...Essay
Papers IV & V....600 marks.....General Studies

Papers VI, VII, VIII & IX ....1200 marks ....Any two subjects (each having 2 papers) from this list : Agriculture Management, Animal Husbandry & Vetinary Science, Mathematics , Anthropology, Mechanical Engineering , Botany, Medical Science,
Chemistr,y Philosophy, Civil Engineering, Physics, Commerce & Accountancy, Political Science & International Relations, Economics, Psychology , Electrical Engineering, Public Administration, Geography, Sociology, Geology ,Statistics , Indian History,Zoology , Law

Total Marks for Written Examination 2000 Marks
Interview Test 300 Marks
Grand Total 2300 Marks

Exam will be in October or November .
IES Syllabus

Engineering Service Papers

Paper I

Name : General Ability Test (Part A: General English), (Part B: General Studies)

Type: Objective type

Marks ; 200

Papers II & III

Name of the exam;

One of the following category:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Tele-Communication Engineering

Type :Objective type

Marks : 200 for each paper


Papers IV & V

Name of the exam :

One of the following category

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Tele-Communication Engineering

Type; Conventional

Marks : 200 each



Total marks
for written Examination 1000 Marks

Total marks for interview 200 Marks

Civil Service (Main) in Oct or Nov


Q1. What is the restriction on number of attempts in Commission’s Examinations?
Ans. Number of attempts :-
(1) Civil Service Examination - General-4, OBC-7, SC/ST- No restriction
(2) IFS Examination- General-4, OBC-7, SC/ST-No restriction
There is no restriction on number of attempts in any other Examination conducted by the Commission.

Q2. Is there any relaxation in number of attempts for physically handicapped?
Ans. No. However physically handicapped candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories will be eligible for relaxation in number of attempts provided to such categories.

Q3. Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University apply for Commission’s Examination?
Ans. Yes, provided it is a recognized University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.

Q4. 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?
Ans. No. Only candidates belonging to communities which are included in the Central list of OBC’s are eligible for such concessions.

Civil Service Examination

Q.1. Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at graduate/PG level?
Ans. Yes.

Q.2. Is it necessary for a candidate to take the same optional subject in the Main Exam, which he had taken in the prelims Examination?
Ans. No.

Q.3. 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?
Ans. No. An attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in CS (P) Examination.

Q4. Is a candidate who has done his graduation without passing class X and class X11 eligible for Civil Service Examination?
Ans. Yes.

Q.5. Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?
Ans. No, Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth schedule languages.

Q.6. Can a candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?
Ans. If a candidate opts an Eighth schedule language for the CS (Main) Examination he will have the option to take the interview in same language or in English.

Engineering Service Examination
Q1. Is a candidate possessing Engineering degree in Production Engineering/Chemical Engineering eligible for the Engineering Service Examination?
Ans. A candidate possessing a degree in Engineering in any discipline is eligible for taking Engineering Service Examination.

If you select the IAS syllabus, you can go to one of these jobs. If you get top ranks, you will get Indian Administrative Service. But be careful while filling up the application. In you application, if you have given preference to IPS, then even if you get first rank, you will not be posed as IAS.

(i) Indian Administrative Service.

(ii) Indian Foreign Service.

(iii) Indian Police Service.

(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.

(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(vi) Indian Customs and Central Excise Services Group 'A'

(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(viii) Indian Revenue Service, Group ‘A’.

(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Non- technical).

(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.

(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.

(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.

(xv) Posts of Assistant Security Officer, Group ‘A’ in Railway Protection Force.

(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.

(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.

(xviii) Indian Trade Services Group 'A', Grade III

(xix) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)

(xx) The Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’

(xxi) The Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’


Specimen application form
A Specimen application form and the procedure to fill up the application form is given HERE
DOs and DONTs while filling up the Application Form

Updated on May 13,2009

Do's and Don'ts

for filling up the UPSC Application form



Before submitting the filled in application form, ensure

  • That you have purchased the Application Form from the Post Office only.

  • That you have correctly indicated the name and year of the examination for which you are applying.

  • That you have filled all the relevant columns correctly.

  • To change responses, if required, you have erased darkened circles completely.

  • That you have pasted your photograph firmly at the space provided.

  • That you have pasted firmly the CRF Stamp (if applicable). You should paste only one CRF Stamp of requisite denomination and get it cancelled from the Post Office of purchase.

  • That you have mentioned correctly the Commission’s Notice No. and date as published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar.

  • That you have signed the Declaration and mentioned the date and place of mailing the Form.

  • That you are using the pre-addressed envelope supplied to mail the Application form and Acknowledgement Card. No other documents or copies of certificates or self-addressed envelopes are required to be sent along with the Application Form.

  • That you have read the relevant examination rules and instructions before filling up the form.

  • That you have noted down separately and kept for record and future reference the eight digit form number printed under the bar-code and entered the same correctly in the acknowledgement card.


  • Also do ensure that you dispatched the form sufficiently in advance to ensure that it reaches the Commission office before the prescribed closing date.


  • Do not use the photocopy of the Application Form.

  • Do not make any stray marks on the Form.

  • Do not staple, pin, mutilate, scribble, tear, or wet the Form.

  • Do not send enclosures (like certificates, etc.) with your form – only acknowledgement card is necessary, if application is sent by post.

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