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The Indian Administrative Services (Probationers' Final Examination) Regulations, 1955


In pursuance of rule 7 of the Indian Administrative Service (Probation) Rules, 1954, the Central Government, in consultation with the State Governments and the Union Public Service Commission, hereby makes the following regulations, namely:-

1. Short title:- These regulations may be called the Indian Administrative Service (Probationers' Final Examination) Regulations, 1955.

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2. Definition:- 2(1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) `Academay' means Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration;

(b) `Director' means the Director of the Academy; and

(c) `Schedule' means a Schedule appended to these regulations.

2(2) All other words and expressions used in these regulations and not defined shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Indian Administrative Service (Probation) Rules, 1954.

3. Final examination.- 3(1) Every probationer shall, at or about the end of the period of training in the Academy appear at a final examination.

3(2) The examination shall be conducted by the 4Director in the manner laid down in these regulations.

3(3) The exact dates on which and the places at which the examination shall be held shall be fixed by the 4Director.

4. Syllabus for final Examination.- the examination shall be in two parts as mentioned below:-

4(a) Part 1-Written Examination

"The subjects for the examinations and the maximum marks allotted to each of the subjects shall be as follows:-

Subjects Maximum Marks
(1) Political Concepts and the Constitution of India 75
(2) Basic Economic Principles and Five Year Plans 75
(3) Law 75
(4) Public Administration and Management 75

The syllabus for this part of the examination shall be specified in the First Schedule;

4(b) Part II-Qualifying Tests

4 b. (i) Qualifying tests shall be held in the following subjects, namely:-

1. a regional language,

62. Hindi except for candidates who examined in Hindi as a regional language under Clause (2).

73. Computer.

The syllabus for this part of the examination shall be as specified in the First Schedule.

(ii) Every probationer shall be examined in the regional language or one of the regional languages shown in column 2 of the Second Schedule against the cadre to which he is allocated. Where more than one regional language is shown against a State, the 8Director shall ascertain whether the probationer is already familiarwith any of them and thereafter decide in consultation with the StateGovernment in which one of the regional languages the probationer shall be examined.

9 Provided that the probationers allocated to the following cadres shall be examined in one of the regional languages shownagainst them only with effect from such date as the Central Government may, by order, specify in this behalf, namely:-

Cadre Regional Language
Assam-Meghalaya Khasi or Garo
Nagalan Nagamese in Roman script
Union Territories Mizo
5. Minimum marks.-Everv probationer shall be required to obtain such minimum number of marks in each subject at the written examination under clause (a) of regulation 4, and to pass the qualifying tests under clause (b) of the said regulation, by such standards as may be determined by the Director,11 with the provisional approval of the Central Government.


[See clause (a) & (b) of Regulation 4]

Syallabus for the Indian Adminstrative Service Probationer's Final Examination



(a) Political concepts

Political Ideologies & Concepts, including Gandhian Ideology, Indian Political Systems including Parliamentary Democracy and National Integration, Evolution of Indian Culture and Socio-Economic Institutions, pressure Groups, Students Unrest, Agrarian Tension, Cases, Communal and Industrial Unrest: their nature and impact on Society-Civil Liberties, Voting-behaviour-India & International System.

(b) Constitution of India

Evolution, including freedom struggle- Fundamental Rights & Duties, Directive Principles-parliamentary proceedings-Centre-State Relations-Emergency Provisions-Special Provisions under Article 379 and 371-safeguards for Minorities-service under the Union and the States.


Basic Economic Concepts-Planned Economic Development-Policy instruments for managing the Economy-Development of Agriculture and Agrobased Industries -Rural Development Programmes and Programmes for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes-Industrial Development: Large and medium Industries and Samll-scale Industries-Development Banking, Public-sector Undertakings- Administrators and the Indian Economy.

3. LAW

General Principles of Law-Administration of Justice-Legal remedies-Indian Penal Code-Criminal Procedure Code-Civil procedure code-Law of Evidence-Law of Contract-Labour Laws-Minor Acts-Court Work and Contempt Proceedings.


Essentials of Administration-Organisational Structure of Governments, Role of Civil Servants, Administrative Ethics and Accountability, Delegation and Decentralisation-District and Local Administration-Personal Administration, Police Administration-Jail Administration Panchayati Raj Administration- CalamityAdministration-Administration of Development and Welfare Programmes- Budget and Role of Audit and general financial principles-Role of District Officer/SDO-Conduct of Elections.

Management and Organisation

Behavioural Science Motivation, Leadership, Decision-Making, MBO, Management of Conflicts, Management of Change ,Transactional Analysis, -MIS-O&M & Work study-Pert-CPM, Time Management Methodology of Presentation of a subject-Financial Management Capital Budgeting, Discountal Cash Flow, Ratio Analysis, Project Formulation, Cost benefit Analysis, Project Evaluation Interpretation of Balance Sheets."


(i) Hindi

The test will comprise translation, free composition, set composition, conversation and dictation. The probationers' knowledge of grammer will be tested chiefly by composition conversation and by passages for comments.

(ii) Regional Languages.

The test will comprise translation, free composition, set composition, conversation and dictation. The probationers' knowledge of grammer will be tested by composition and by passages for comments.

(iii) Computer

The syllabus for the Test in Computer shall be as under:-

1. UNIX operating system and its features:

(a) - Logging in and out of system, other basic commands;

(b) - Typing, Copying, moving and deleting virtuals;

(c) - Making, changing and removing directories;

(d) - Mail, Write, Pipes and Filters; and

(e) - Printing in UNIX.

2. Multiple Database Management using Foxbase Plus:

(a) - Basic commands of Foxbase Plus;

(b) - Necessity and ways of using Multiple Databases;

(c) - Linking of different databases;

(d) - Queries from linked databases; and

(e) - Report generation using Multiple Databases.

3. Financial Computation using Professional:

(a) - Using Spreadsheet package Professional in UNIX;

(b) - Time Value of Money;

(c) - Cost Benefit Analysis;

(d) - Capital Budgeting; and

(e) - Project Analysis using these techniques.

4. System Analysis and Design:

(a) - Characterestics of System, organization;

(b) - System life cycle, role of Systems Analyst;

(c) - Functional and Data flow analysis; and

(d) - Details of Data flow diagrams.

5. Management Information Systems:

(a) - Basic concepts of MIS;

(b) - Information needs in Management Processes;

(c) - MIS through application of DBMS; and

(d) - Decision Asserting Information System.

6. Applications of LAN and WAN:

- Kermit, NICNET, UUCP; and

- Networking using Modems.

7. Accessing and Using GISTNIC databases:

(a) - Census-91 Database (GIST-CEN);

(b) - Indian Economic Indicators (GIST-ECO);

(c) - International Economic Indicators (GIST-IMF); and

(d) - State provirtual databases (GIST).

8. Geographic Information Systems:

(a) - How to use GISNIC; and

(b) - How to use Maps for Decentralized planning.


[See Clause (b) of Reegulation 4]

State Regional Languages
Andhra pradesh Telegu or Urdu
Assam-Meghalaya Assamese, Bengali Khasi or Garo
Bihar Hindi
Gujarat Gujarati
Haryana Hindi or Urdu
Himachal Pradesh Hindi
Jammu & Kashmir Urdu,Kashmiri or Dogri
Karnataka Kannada
Kerala Malayalam
Madhya Pradesh Hindi
Maharashtra Marathi
Manipur-Tripura Manipuri, Bengali or Hindi
Nagaland Nagamese in Roman Script
Orissa Oriya
Punjab Punjabi (in Gurumukhi script) or Hindi
Rajasthan Hindi
Sikkim Nepali
Tamil Nadu Tamil
Uttar Pradesh Hindi
West Bengal Bengali or Hindi
Arunachal Pradesh Assamese,Hindi, Malayalam,
Goa,  Mizoram and Union Marathi,Mizo, Tamil ,Urdu


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