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Step by Step Guide on UPSC IAS Civil Services Exam 2016


Even in today's age when there are lucrative opportunities for employment in the private sector an increasing number of candidates have been applying for the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam. In Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2014, about 9.4 lakh candidates had applied for the exam. Given that the total number of people selected were 1236, this means approximately 768 candidates applied for each post! We have provided a guide on UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam 2016.
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UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims Exam

The UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims Exam is a screening stage to select candidates who can write the UPSC Civil Services IAS Main Exam. The UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims exam consists of two objective papers of 200 marks each. The questions in General Studies Paper I are on different subjects such as History, Polity, Geography, Economy. This is to ensure that candidates who become future administrators have sound general awareness.

The second paper called CSAT tests the aptitude of the candidates and consists of questions on logic and reasoning, general ability, comprehension and decision making. It is a qualifying paper. This means that the marks that the candidates score in this paper  are not counted for merit.

The UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims Exam is scheduled to be held on August 7, 2016.

UPSC Civil Services IAS Main Exam

Candidates who qualify the UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims Exam are eligible to appear for the Main Exam. It is the marks in the The Main Exam consists of two stages written exam and the interview. The Civil Services Main Written exam consists of  one essay paper, four General Studies  and two papers on  one optional subject. In the past few years, the questions in the General Studies have become more analytical and current-oriented. Moreover, the General Studies paper on Ethics, Aptitude and Integrity was introduced  to ensure that candidates are able to deal with situations requiring ethical judgements. The total marks of the Civil Services Main Written Exam is 1750.

Approximately  thrice the number of total vacancy candidates are called for the Personal Interview. The personal interview is of 250 marks.  The personal interview is to ensure that candidates recommended for the Civil Services know how to work in social setting and not just in isolation.

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Becoming a civil servant is a dream for many as it not only offers lucrative pay, job security but also the opportunity to work for the welfare of the nation. Candidates preparing for the UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam can refer to Prepsure.com for eligibility, syllabus, previous year question papers, tips on how to prepare, quizzes, study material and updates on UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims Exam 2016.

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