FAQ

 
   
 
Q. What is the eligibility criterion for Civil Services?
Ans.
  • Age Limit: To appear in this exam the age limit is
  • General category:  21 to 32years
  • OBC:   21 to 35 years
  • SC/ST:   21 to 37 years
  • Physically Handicap:  21 to 42years
  • Educational Qualification: Graduation from any stream. The final year appearing student can also appear for the exam.

Q. How many attempts can one give?
Ans.  
  • The number of attempts are as under
  • General category – 6
  • OBC – 9
  • SC/ST – No limit till the age of 37 years.
  • Physically Handicapped – 9

Q. How much time should one devote for the preparation of Civil Services?
Ans. If qualitative studies are done or one year, devoting 6 hours a day for 6 days a week consistently is sufficient .
 
Q. I have completed my studies from an open school/university. Can I appear for civil services?
Ans. Yes you can (degree from any recognized university, any stream makes you eligible).
 
Q. When should one start preparing for mains?
Ans. It is always better to start the preparation for mains along with P.T. as we know that the syllabus for mains is much wider than preliminary exam and the time between P.T. and mains is just four months which is not sufficient for preparation.
 
Q. I have applied for the exam but will not be able to appear due to certain problems. Will my attempt  counted?
Ans.  Your attempt is not counted by mere filling the form. Unless you appear for your first paper of P.T. your attempt is not counted.
 
Q. I have cleared preliminary test but am not able to write mains due to certain reasons, what would happen?
Ans. Your attempt is lost. The result of not appearing in mains or not have cleared mains is same. That is, again apply for P.T. next year.
 
Q. Is a candidate from OBC list of state eligible for age relaxation under UPSC, if he is not from the center’s list of OBC?
Ans. NO, under UPSC, he is not eligible for relaxation but under state’s commission exam he will be eligible for relaxation.
 
Q. What should I keep in mind while choosing an optional subject?
Ans.  Firstly, it is not mandatory that your optional subject should be from your stream. It may or may not be the subject of your background. If you are too good at your own subject and can easily solve the paper on the same subject asked by UPSC then you should definitely  have it as optional subject. But if you are not able to solve then you should switch on to some other subject.
 
Q. While writing answers during Mains, the terminology used matters a lot?
Ans. Any answer in simple language with all relevant points in it is good enough to score well.
 
Q. How can a student be sure about the word count in examination hall?
Ans. No one can count exact number of words for each answer in the examination hall. Only an estimate of words can be taken.
 
Q. It is true that candidates who answer in English get more marks than the one who answered in Hindi?
Ans. This is not true at all. An examinor does not give marks upon the language used to answer the question. Marks are given on the basis of the quality of the answer.

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