The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination every year, which is common for all candidates applying for Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination. This exam acts as a primary mechanism for the selection of candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Examination.
Civil Services Prelims Exam 2021 (objective) will be conducted on 27th June 2021. The notification was to be issued on the 4th of March. Candidates are expected to check the eligibility criteria before going to apply. UPSC eligibility. One of the primary criteria is that candidates must have Bachelors’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university. Candidates appearing in the final year exams can also apply. The Main Exam (written) 2021 will start on September 17, 2021.
The UPSC Prelims exam is meant to serve as a screening test only. The marks of Paper 1 are alone considered for making the merit list for this exam. Only those candidates who have qualified for the Prelims can write the Mains exam. The marks scored in the Prelim exam are not counted in the final tally of the Mains exam or the Interview.
The number of candidates who qualify for the Prelims Exam is about twelve to thirteen times the total of the approximate number of vacancies that have to be filled in that year in the various Services and Posts.
It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of the Prelim exam to be qualified for evaluation purposes. The candidate will be disqualified in case he or she appears in only one paper of the Prelims exam.
Syllabus for Civil Service Preliminary Examination
The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper-II). The questions will be of multiple-choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam. It’s a one-day exam with two sessions which in offline mode, where you get to mark your answers on the given space in the question paper.
Paper 1 - General Studies:
This includes areas like; Indian National Movement, Indian Polity, Basic Economic Understanding, Geography. While these are static parts of the syllabus, the dynamic part includes current affairs, General Knowledge and that does not a proper definition, thus making the syllabus quite vast.
Paper-II - Aptitude Test (CSAT):
Paper-II is dynamic in nature and includes mathematics, reasoning, analytical ability, and interpersonal skills. All these areas require spot mental ability.
Paper-II is now of only a qualifying nature and its mark is not counted while making the merit list. However, it is mandatory for the candidate to score a minimum of 33 percent in this paper to qualify for the Prelims exam.
The question papers are set both in Hindi and English. Blind candidates are allowed an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.
General Studies - This paper marks will be counted for getting to write the Civil Services Mains exam.
Paper-II (CSAT) Syllabus
Aptitude test (CSAT) - This paper is of qualifying nature, but the candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper. However, marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination.
The Civil Services Mains examination aims to test the academic talent and the ability of the candidate to present the answers in a clear and coherent manner. The Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and understanding of the concepts rather than merely to check their information and memory.
Aspirants become eligible for Mains only after qualifying Prelims Exam held by UPSC
UPSC Exam Pattern (Mains) & IAS Syllabus
Paper - A
Language -300 Marks
Candidate can take any Modern Indian language but this paper is of qualifying nature
Paper - B
English -300 Marks
This paper is of qualifying nature
Paper - I
Essay - 250 Marks
Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate's choice
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)
Marks carried by General Studies papers are 4X 250=1000
Optional Subject - Paper 1 -300 Marks
Optional Subject - Paper II -300 Marks
The candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject "without the condition of having it at the graduation level."
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
Marks of English and Language will not be counted in the total tally of marks for the written exam. So the total of the Mains exam will be 1750 Marks Only.
Interview/Personality Test - 275 marks
This part of the exam comes only after the results of the mains exams are declared. Candidates can give preference of the language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangements for the translators. The marks fetched in this stage of the exam are combined with the marks obtained in the UPSC mains.
Grand Total 2025 Marks
A candidate is allowed to use anyone language from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium of writing the examination.