About the Civil Services Examination

The Civil Services examination comprises two successive stages:
(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the
selection of candidates for Main Examination; and

(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the
selection of candidates for the various services and posts.
Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examination.

The Examination shall comprise two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.
(i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice

(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However,
questions relating to English Language Comprehension Skills of Class X
level will be tested through passages from English language only without
providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

more @syllabus

The written examination will consist of the following papers:
Qualifying Papers:
Paper A: (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from
the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution).
"> Paper-BEnglish 300 Marks
Papers to be counted for merit
Essay                                                                                        250 Marks
General Studies-I                                                                  250 Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and
Geography of the World and Society)
General Studies -II                                                               250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity,
Social Justice and International relations)
General Studies -III 250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development,
Bio-diversity, Environment, Security
and Disaster Management)
General Studies -IV 250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Optional Subject - Paper 1 250 Marks
Optional Subject - Paper 2 250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
Personality Test 275 Marks
GrandTotal 2025 Marks
Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from
amongst the list of subjects given in para 2 below :—
List of optional subjects for Main Examination:
(i) Agriculture
(ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
(iii) Anthropology
(iv) Botany
(v) Chemistry
(vi) Civil Engineering
(vii) Commerce and Accountancy
(viii) Economics
(ix) Electrical Engineering
(x) Geography
(xi) Geology
(xii) History
(xiii) Law
(xiv) Management
(xv) Mathematics
(xvi) Mechanical Engineering
(xvii) Medical Science
(xviii) Philosophy
(xix) Physics
(xx) Political Science and International Relations
(xxi) Psychology
(xxii) Public Administration
(xxiii) Sociology
(xxiv) Statistics
(xxv) Zoology
(xxvi) Literature of any one of the following
Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri,
Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi,
Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English