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Civil Services Exam (IAS 2015): Schema and Patterns


Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations.


Plan of Examination

   The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:
    1. Civil  Services (Preliminary) Examinations (ObjectiveType) for the
       selection of candidates for Main Examination
    2. Civil  Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the
       selection of candidates for the various services and posts.

   The  preliminary  Examination  will consist of two papers of Objective
   type  (multiple  choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in
   the   subjects  set  out  in  sub-section  (A)  of  Section  II.  This
   examination is
   meant  to  serve  as  a screening test only; the marks obtained in the
   Preliminary  Examination  by the candidates who are declared qualified
   for  admission  to  the  Main  Examination  will  not  be  counted for
   determining their final order of merit. The number of Candidates to be
   admitted  to  the  Main  Examination  will be about twelve to thirteen
   times  the  total  approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the
   year  through this examination. Only those candidates who are declared
   by  the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in
   the  year  will  be  eligible for admission to the Main Examination of
   that  year  provided they are otherwise eligible for admission, to the
   Main Examination.

   The  Main  Examination  will  consist  of  written  examination and an
   interview  test.  The  written examination will consist of 9 papers of
   conventional  essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of
   Section  II  out  of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature.
   Also  see Note (ii) under Para I of Section II (B). Marks obtained for
   all  the compulsory papers (Paper–Ito Paper-VII) and Marks obtained in
   Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

   Candidates  who  obtain  such  minimum qualifying marks in the written
   part  of  the  Main  Examination  as may be fixed by the Commission at
   their  discretion,  shall  be  summoned by them for an interview for a
   Personality  Test,  vide  sub-section 'C' of Section II. The number of
   candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number
   of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 275 marks (with no
   minimum qualifying marks).

                                Section - II

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examination.

A. Preliminary Examination

   The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200marks each.

B. Main Examination

   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). 300 Marks

   Paper : B English 300 Marks

Papers to be counted for merit

   Paper   Subject Name                                                  Marks
   Paper-1 Essay                                                         250
   Paper-2 General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and
           Geography of the World and Society)                           250
   Paper-3 General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social
           Justice and International relations)                          250
   Paper-4 General Studies –III  (Technology, Economic Development,
           Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250
   Paper-5 General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)          250
   Paper-6 Optional Subject – Paper 1                                    250
   Paper-7 Optional Subject – Paper 2                                    250
           Sub Total (Written test)                                      1750
           Personality Test                                              275
           Grand Total                                                   2025

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list
of subjects given below:

Language                Script
Assamese                Assamese
Bengali                 Bengali
Gujarati                Gujarati
Hindi                   Devanagari
Kannada                 Kannada
Kashmiri                Persian
Konkani                 Devanagari
Malayalam               Malayalam
Manipuri                Bengali
Marathi                 Devanagari
Nepali                  Devanagari
Oriya                   Oriya
Punjabi                 Gurumukhi
Sanskrit                Devanagari
Sindhi                  Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil                   Tamil
Telugu                  Telugu
Urdu                    Persian
Bodo                    Devanagari
Dogri                   Devanagari
Maithilli               Devanagari
Santhali                Devanagari or Olchiki

List of optional subjects for Main Examination:

    1. Agriculture
    2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
    3. Anthropology
    4. Botany
    5. Chemistry
    6. Civil Engineering
    7. Commerce and Accountancy
    8. Economics
    9. Electrical Engineering
   10. Geography
   11. Geology
   12. History
   13. Law
   14. Management
   15. Mathematics
   16. Mechanical Engineering
   17. Medical Science
   18. Philosophy
   19. Physics
   20. Political Science and International Relations
   21. Psychology
   22. Public Administration
   23. Sociology
   24. Statistics
   25. Zoology
   26. Literature of any one of the following languages:

   Assamese,  Bengali,  Bodo,  Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri,
   Konkani,   Maithili,  Malayalam,  Manipuri,  Marathi,  Nepali,  Oriya,
   Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

C. Interview Test

     * The  candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before
       them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters
       of  general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the
       personal  suitability  of  the  candidate  for  a career in public
       service  by  a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test
       is  intended  to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad
       terms  this  is  really an assessment of not only his intellectual
       qualities  but  also  social  traits  and  his interest in current
       affairs.  Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness,
       critical  powers  of  assimilation,  clear and logical exposition,
       balance  of  judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for
       social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
     * The   technique   of  the  interview  is  not  that  of  a  strict
       cross-examination  but of a natural, though directed and purposive
       conversation  which  is intended to reveal the mental qualities of
       the candidate.
     * The  interview  test  is  not  intended to be a test either of the
       specialised  or general knowledge of the candidates which has been
       already  tested  through  their  written  papers.  Candidates  are
       expected to have taken an
       intelligent  interest  not  only  in  their  special  subjects  of
       academic  study  but also in the events which are happening around
       them both within and outside their own State or Country as well as
       in  modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should
       rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

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