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Union Public Service Commission has announced Civil Services Examination 2020 for the post of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Forest Service (IFS) etc. The interested candidates who are seeking their career in Civil Services they can utilize this career opportunity by applying for the defined posts on or before 3rd March 2020. The declared examinations also include one more examination as Indian Forest Service 2020. The Candidates can submit their application for any of these examinations on the official website www.upsc.gov.in by clicking on the URL link available.

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An introduction to UPSC Civil Services or IAS exams

The IAS exam (which is officially known as the Civil Services Exam) is been conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (in short UPSC) annually. The eligible candidate need to clear all the three stages of the IAS exam in order to enter into the world of civil services, and become officers in the field of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and various other services. Although, it is been considered as one of the toughest exams in India but with the right approach as well as strategy, a UPSC aspirant can crack the IAS examination in the first attempt only. It is essential for the UPSC aspirants to know and understand the basic requirements of the IAS exam 2020 such as the broad UPSC syllabus for IAS Exam (Prelims and Mains), pattern, eligibility criteria, the procedure to apply for the process and other such important types of details before kick-starting the preparations period. Here in this article, we present all the relevant details of an aspirant who needs to know if he/she wants to crack the prestigious UPSC IAS exam.

Different Stages of IAS exam

The Civil Services Examination is based on the Civil Service tests which used to be held from the time of British Raj-era Imperial, as well as the basic civil service tests conducted by old-time Indian empires. The exam is considered to be one of the most difficult among all competitive examinations in India. On average, about 900,000 to 1,000,000 candidates apply every year and the candidates sitting in the preliminary examination are nearly 500,000. Results for the Prelims round are been published in mid-August, while the final result after the whole process is published in May of the next year.

  • Stage I: Preliminary Examination (Prelims)-Held in the month of June every year. The results are announced in the month of August.
  • Stage II: Mains Examination
  1. Examination (Written) – Held in October month every year. Results are then announced in January of next year.
  2. Personality Test process (interview) – Held in March of the next year. Final results are usually announced in May.]

The training program for the selected successful candidates usually commences the following year in the month of September.

Year

Candidates Applied for Prelims

Candidates Appeared for Prelims

Candidates Appeared for Mains

Candidates Appeared for the interview

Candidates Selected

2014

9,47,000

4,50,000

16,200

3300

1236

2015

9,45,000

4,65,000

15,000

2800

1078

2016

11,00,000

5,00,000

15,400

2900

1099

2017

11,00,000

5,00,000

13,300

2500

960

Highlights of UPSC Jobs 2020

Overview of IAS Exam 2020

Name of the Organization

Union Public Service Commission

Number of Posts

796 Vacancies

Post Name

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Job Category

Central Government Jobs

Job Location

Across India

Application Mode

Online

Official Website

www.upsc.gov.in  

 

Important Dates of UPSC Civil Service Exam 2020

Events

Dates

Starting date of Online Registration

12th February 2020

Last date for Online Registration

03rd March 2020 (till 6:00 PM)

Last date to Pay Application fee

03rd March 2020

Admit Card Available

May 2020

Pre Exam Date

31st May 2020

 

UPSC Civil Services Exam Vacancy Details 2020

Name of the Post

Number of Vacancies

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

796 Posts

Total

796 Posts

 

Application Fee for UPSC IAS Exam 2020

Applicants can pay the application fee to appear in the Civil Service examination by online mode as per their category. The fee shall not be refunded under any circumstances once deposited by the candidate. Hence, check out the application fee category wise in the table mentioned below:

Category

Fees

General/ OBC

Rs. 100/-

SC/ ST/ PH

Nil

All Category Female

Nil

Note: Pay the examination fee through online by Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking or E-Challan Only.

 

Eligibility Criteria for a UPSC Aspirant

Candidates who want to apply for the defined posts in UPSC must fulfill the eligibility criteria to be qualified for recruitment process. Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected from the recruitment process. The Eligibility criteria for the Civil Service Jobs for various posts are as follows:

  • Nationality
  • Educational Qualification
  • Age Limit
  • Number of Attempts
Nationality
  • For the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), the candidate must be theCitizen of Indian.
  • For other services such as IRS and IFS, the candidate must be one of the following:
  1. A citizen of India
  2. A citizen of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. A Tibetan refugee settled permanently in India before 1962.
  4. An Indian origin person who has migrated from the country of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Uganda, Tanzania, Zaireor Vietnam with a clear intention of settling permanently in India.

Educational Qualification

All candidates who are applying for the exam must have as a minimum of one of the following educational qualifications.

  • A degree from a Central university, State or a Deemed university
  • A degree which is been received through correspondence or through distance education
  • A degree received from an open university
  • A qualification which is been recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to the mentioned one of the above

The candidates mentioned following are also eligible for the exams, but must submit a proof of their eligibility from an authority at their institute or the university at the mains examination, failing to which they are not allowed to attend the exam.

  • Candidates who have cleared the final exam of their MBBSdegree but not yet completed an internship.
  • Candidates passing the final exam of Accounts like ICAI, ICSI and ICWAI.
  • A degree which is from a private university.
  • A degree from any foreign university which is been recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

Age

The candidate must be of minimum21 years and must not be above the age of 32 years (for the General category or GC candidate) on the date of August 1 of the year of examination. Prescribed age limits may vary with respect to various other caste reservations.

  • For Other Backward Castes(or OBC) the age limit is 35 years.
  • For Scheduled Castes(or SC) and Scheduled Tribes (or ST), the limit is extended to 37 years.
  • For the Defense Services Personneldisabled during operations during hostilities, the limit is been extended to 40 years.
  • For Candidates who are belonging to ex- servicemenwhich also includes Commissioned officers as well as all the ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered the Military services at least five years as on the date of August 1, of the year of the examination.
  • For ECOsas well as the SSCOs who have completed their initial period of assignment of five years of the Military Service, the age limit is 32 years.
  • For all the PwDcandidates, the limit of the age is 37 years.

Number of attempts

The number of times or attempts for a candidate of UPSC exam are provided below.

  • For the General category candidates = 6 attempts
  • For the OBC category candidates = 9 attempts
  • For the SC/ST candidates = unlimited number of attempts till 37years of age.

Pattern of Civil Services Examination in Brief (Prelims/ Mains/ Interview)

Preliminary Examination (Prelims)

 

Paper

Marks

Duration

Topic

 

Paper I

 

200 Marks

 

2 Hours

History and Indian National Movement

Indian & World Geography

Indian polity & Governance

Economics & Social Development

Environment & Climate Change

Biodiversity

Art & Culture

 

Paper II

 

200 Marks

 

2 Hours

Comprehension& English Language

Interpersonal skills

Logical Reasoning

Problem Solving & Decision Making

Data Interpretation & Numeracy

Mental Ability

Analytical Ability

The pattern of the Preliminary (Prelims) examination up to the year 2010 was based on the main recommendations of the Kothari Commission (year 1979). By then, the exam included two examinations, one on the main general studies which is of 150 marks, and the second one on one of 23 optional subjects which is of 300 marks. Until the year 2011, when it was revamped or completely transformed, the preliminary exam type pattern was sustained with only few minor changes once every ten to fifteen years

From the year 2011 onwards, the preliminary examination now intends to focus much more on analytical abilities and deep understanding rather than the ability to just memorize. The new pattern includes two set of papers of two hours of duration and 200 marks to each of the sections. Both papers have MCQ or multiple choice objective type questions only. They are been explained as follows:

  • Paper Itests the candidate’s overall knowledge on current events, history and Indian national movement, Indian as well as world geography, Indian polity andpanchayat Raj system and governance, economic as well as social development with other important subjects like environmental ecology, climate change, general science,biodiversity, Art and culture
  • Paper II(also popularly known as CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test), tests particularly the candidate’s skills in the field of comprehension, interpersonal skills, logical reasoning, analytical ability, problem solving, English language comprehension skills, basic numeracy, decision making, data interpretation, and mental ability. It is qualifying in nature type and the student is just required to cross window of 33% and the marks obtained in this exam are not counted for merit. However, it is necessary for the candidate or the student to score a minimum of 33 per cent in this exam to qualify for the Prelims exam to the Mains exam.

Mains Examination (Mains)

 

Paper

Subject

Marks

Paper A

One of the Indian Language Exam (Qualifying)

300

Paper B

English (Qualifying)

300

Paper 1

Essay

250

Paper 2

General Study 1(Indian Heritage, history, geography of the world and society)

250

Paper 3

General Study 2(Governance, polity, social justice & relation with other countries)

250

Paper 4

General Study 3(Technology, environment, economics, bio-diversity, disaster management)

250

Paper 5

General Study 4(aptitude, ethics and integrity)

250

Paper 6,7

Optional Subjects (2 exams)

500

Subtotal (Written)

1750

Personality Test

275

Total (Mains)

2025

The Civil Services Main exam is a written type of examination which consists of total of nine papers, in which two are qualifying (not counted for merit) and seven are of ranking in nature. The total range of questions may vary from just one mark to nearly sixty marks, 20 words to around 600 words answers. Each paper is of 3 hours where the candidates are required to give their best in order to qualify for the interview round. Candidates who are able to pass qualifying papers are ranked according to marks and few candidates are called for interview or popularly known as personality test which is held at the Commission’s discretion.

According to the new marks allocations in the field of Civil Service Examination 2013 there are some basic changes made in the examination process. However, after some controversy which was created after these changes, the qualifying papers for various Indian languages and additionally English were restored.

Interview Process (Personality Test)

This process is officially called the “Personality Test”, the main objective of the interview is to assess the overall personal suitability of the candidate for a fantastic career in public service by a board of competent as well as unbiased observers who are given the responsibility to choose those few who would take care of the country. The test is mainly intended to evaluate the overall mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really atough assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities, but also his or her social traits and deep interest in current affairs. Some of the major qualities to be judged are mental alertness, leadership skills, critical powers of assimilation, clear vision with logical exposition, total balance of judgement, variety and total depth of interest, ability for social cohesion, and intellectual with moral integrity.

The technique of the process of the interview is not that of a typical strict cross-examination, but of a natural, though purposely directed and purposeful conversation that is intended indirectly to reveal the real mental qualities of the candidate who is at the interview.

The interview is directly intended to be a test neither of the specialized type or general knowledge of the particular candidate, which has been already done and tested through all the written papers. All the candidates during the interview are expected to be ready and have taken an intelligent interest for not only in their special type of subjects of academic study, but also in the special events which are happening around them on daily basis both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern day of currents of thought as well as new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of all the interested well-educated youth. The interview standards are well over the top and are very high and require thorough preparation to clear the whole process as well as commitment in order to stay focus during the preparation.

List of services after clearing UPSC or IAS exam

All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Police Service(IPS)

Central Services (Group A)

  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
  • Indian Information Service (IIS)
  • Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE)
  • Indian Defense Accounts Service (IDAS)
  • Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Defense Estates Service (IDES)
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT)
  • Indian Trade Service (ITrS)
  • Railway Protection Force (RPF)

Group B Services

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (AFHCS)
  • Pondicherry Police Service (PPS)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)
  • Pondicherry Civil Service (PCS)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)

How to Apply Online for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020?

  • To apply online, firstly candidate needs to check the eligibility criteria.
  • If you are eligible, then visit the website upsconline.nic
  • Now, click on the PART I Registration link of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and register yourself by filling all the required details.
  • After a successful registration, click on the PART-II Registration link.
  • Enter all mandatory details and upload all the required documents
  • Pay the application fee as per your category.
  • Review all the filled details and click on Submit button.
  • Take out the print of submitted application for further references.

 

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Highlights of IFS (Indian Forest Service) Preliminary Examination, 2020

The candidates must have complete information of the exam before applying for the IFS examination. Note down the important Highlights of the IFC Preliminary Examination 2020 below:

Overview of IFS (Indian Forest Exam) 2020

Name of the Organization

Union Public Service Commission

Number of Posts

90 Vacancies

Post Name

Indian Forest Service (IFS)

Job Category

Central Government Jobs

Job Location

Across India

Application Mode

Online

Official Website

www.upsc.gov.in  

 

Important Dates and Details of IFS (Indian Forest Service) Preliminary Exam 2020

It is important for every candidate to have the complete information of the exam dates before applying for the exams:

 

Events

Dates

Starting date of Online Registration

12th February 2020

Duration of the Exam

One day

Last date for Online Registration

03rd March 2020 (till 6:00 PM)

Last date to Pay Application fee

03rd March 2020

Admit Card Available

3rd Week of May 2020

Examination Date Preliminary

31st May, 2020

Result Announced

December 2020

IFS (Indian Forest Service) Exam Date of Mains

22nd November, 2020

 

Application Fee for IFS (Indian Forest Service) Preliminary Exam 2020

Applicants can pay the IFS Exam 2020 Application Fee to appear in the Civil Service examination by online mode as per their category. The fee shall not be refunded under any circumstances once deposited by the candidate. Hence, check out the application fee category wise in the table mentioned below:

Category

Fees

General/ OBC

Rs. 100/-

SC/ ST/ PH

Nil

All Category Female

Nil

Note: Pay the examination fee through online by Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking or E-Challan Only.

 

Eligibility Criteria for IFS (Indian Forest Service) for Preliminary Aspirant

Candidates who want to apply for the defined posts in UPSC must fulfill the eligibility criteria to be qualified for recruitment process same in IFS (Indian Forest Service). Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected from the recruitment process. The eligibility criteria for the Civil Services Jobs for various posts is as follows:

  • Nationality
  • Educational Qualification
  • Age Limit
  • Number of Attempts

Nationality for IFS Preliminary Exam 2020

Only Indian Citizens can apply for the following exam: 

Nationality Criteria

Citizen of India, Subject of Nepal and Bhutan.

A Tibetan refugee permanently stteled or who came in India before 1st January 1962.

An Indian origin person who has migrated from the country of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Uganda, Tanzania, Zaire or Vietnam with a clear intention of settling permanently in India.

 

 Educational Qualification for IFS Preliminary Exam 2020

Candidates must fulfill the Educational Qualification criteria to be eligible for the IFS Preliminary Exams 2020 as follows:

Educational Qualification

The applicants must qualify the bachelor’s degree with atleast one of these subjects namely:

· Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

· Botany

· Geology

· Mathematics

· Physics

· Statistics

 

Age Limit for IFS Preliminary Exam 2020

Criteria

Age Limit

Minimum

21 Years

Maximum

32 Years

 

Number of Attempts for IFS Preliminary Exam 2020

The Number of attempts for IFS Preliminary examination is restricted to 6 attempts only.

UPSC IFS (Indian Forest Service) Exam Pattern 2020

For IFS (Indian Forest Service) Preliminary Examination:

The pattern of Preliminary Examination 2020 for IFS (Indian Forest Services) includes two examinations Prelims and Mains. Both consists of two papers each and for more information follow the table mentioned under:

Paper

Marks

Negative Marks

Mode of Exam

Duration

Topic

 

 

Paper I

 

 

200 Marks

1/3rd of the marks allotted will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Offline

 

 

2 Hours

History and Indian National Movement

Current Events of National & International Importance

Indian Polity & Governance

Indian & World Geography

Economic & Social Development

General Science

General Issues on Environment

 

 

Paper II

 

 

200 Marks

 

 

 

2 Hours

Comprehension

Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills

Logical & Analytical Ability

Problem Solving & Decision Making

General Mental Ability

Basic Numeracy

 

For IFS (Indian Forest Service) Mains Examination:

The candidates appearing for IFS Mains examination 2020 can follow the points mentioned in the table.

Paper

Subject

Marks

Paper A

General English (Compulsory)

300

Paper B

General Knowledge (Compulsory)

300

Paper 1

First Optional Subject Paper-1

200

Paper 2

First Optional Subject Paper-2

200

Paper 3

Second Optional Subject Paper-1

200

Paper 4

Second Optional Subject Paper-2

200

Interview

300

Total (Mains)

1700

 Personality Test for Eligible Candidates

  • The candidates will be interviewed after qualifying the above examinations and related papers. The eligible candidates will be interviewed by Board of competent and unbiased observers who have record for his career before participate.
  • The object of this interviewed to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the services
  • The candidate expects to have the intelligent interest not for his/her subjects but also n events that happen around him in the academic study.  
  • The candidate should intended to reveal mental qualities when the interview technique is not that a strict cross-examination, but in a natural way it is directed and purposive conversation.

Points to be noted:

  • In General English and General Knowledge the standard of paper will be such may be expected of a science or engineering graduate of an Indian University.
  • For the optional subject scope of the syllabus, the paper of the examination is of the Honors degree level which means A level higher than the Bachelor’s Degreeand lower than the Master’s Degree.  

In case of Engineering subjects the level of correspondents to the Bachelor’s Degree.

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Frequently Asked Questions about UPSC

 

Q: How many attempts you get while giving UPSC or IAS exams?

A: The number of times or attempts for a candidate of UPSC exam are provided below.
For the General category candidates = 6 attempts
For the OBC category candidates = 9 attempts
For the SC/ST candidates = unlimited number of attempts till 37 years of age.

Q: If I apply for UPSC but did not sit for any of the prelims, would the attempt be considered in that case?

A: No, your attempt would only be considered only if you sit for the exams and then only one of your attempts would be exhausted.

Q: Which is the best optional subject suited for me?

A: This question is itself wrong to ask as the understanding of particular optional subject depends on person to person. The optional subjects gather 500 marks out of 2025, so one should consider them very seriously while choosing them as both the subjects are very important in order to proceed to next round of interview and finally clear the UPSC. Hence, one should take time while choosing the optional subject and without going deep into the subject, one can’t say that particular subject suits you or not.

Q: Is coaching important in order to clear IAS?

A: The answer to this question depends on person to person. The syllabus of UPSC is quite vast and is required to be completed in quick time. All the coaching institutes provide the student the foundation that he or she may need in order to crack the exam. Also, some of the institutes also provide study material to make this process of preparation a bit easier. Most of the times, student do lose their track during self-preparation, which the coaching institute can guide step by step to completely cover you whole syllabus in exact amount of time.
On the other hand, everyday coaching consumes a lot of time and there are few coaching institute left which provide their students exact path.  So, there is no need for coaching when one has right study material and is guided by someone who is experienced player. There are dozens of successful candidates every year that never went to the door of a coaching center, yet cleared the exam with flying colors.

Q: How to select the optional subject during Mains exams?

A: The choice of optional subject depends totally on the interest of the candidate as the candidate himself knows his or her potential to clear any particular subject. It should also be kept in mind that the study material for the subject is also available and easily accessible.

Q: If I have given an attempt at Civil Services, is that counted in Indian Forest Services (IFS) Attempt too?

No, your Attempt for Civil Service examination are always counted separately. Even if you have exhausted all your CSE attempts, you can appear for IFS. It has two processes 1st stage is preliminary exam and 2nd is Mains examination.

Q: Will my marks scored in Prelims affected my scores in Mains examination?

No, the preliminary examination is meant to serve as a screening test only. Once you have qualified Prelims, the marks you have to score before does not matter in Mains.

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