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Career Awareness • OBC category candidates = 7. • SC/ST candidates = unlimited attempts till 37 years of age. • Appearing to attempt one of the papers in the preliminary examination is counted as an attempt, including disqualification/ cancellation of candidature. However, applying to sit the exam but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt. Vacancies and Selection Generally the number of vacancies varies every year. The number of candidates that pass the preliminary examination is generally 11 or 12 times the number of vacancies, and the number of candidates selected for the final interview is twice the number of vacancies. As per existing policies, reservation for SC/ST/OBC is applied to each level of the selection process. In 2006, around 400,000 candidates applied for fewer than 500 vacancies. Of those candidates, 7,500 passed the preliminary exam. In 2010, 547,698 candidates appeared for the preliminary exam. Preliminary The pattern of the Preliminary examination up to 2010 was based on the recommendations of the Kothari Commission (1979). It included two examinations, one on general studies worth 150 marks, and the second on one of 23 optional subjects worth 300 marks. Until 2011, when it was revamped, the preliminary pattern was sustained with only minor changes once every ten to fifteen years. From 2011 onwards, the preliminary examination, now popularly known as the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)(officially it is still called General Studies Paper-1 and Paper-2), intends to focus on analytical abilities and understanding rather than the ability to memorize. The new pattern includes two papers of two hours duration and 200 marks each. Both papers have multiple choice objective type questions only. They are as under: Paper I tests the candidate's knowledge on current events, history of India and Indian national movement, Indian and world geography, Indian policy panchayti Raj system and governance, economic and social development, environmental ecology, biodiversity, climate change and general science ,Art and culture. Paper II tests the candidates' skills in comprehension, interpersonal skills, communication, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision making, problem solving, basic numeracy, data interpretation, English language comprehension skills and mental ability. In August 2014, the Centre announced that English marks in CSAT-II will not be included for gradation or merit and 2011 candidates may get a second chance to appear for the test next year. In May 2015, the Government of India announced that Paper II of the preliminary examination will be qualifying in nature i.e. it wouldn't be graded for 26 List of Services Following are the services which one gets on qualifying the Civil Service Examination. All India Services (Group A) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Indian Police Service (IPS) Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Central Services (Group A) Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS) Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS) Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES) Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Indian Information Service (IIS) Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS) Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS) Indian Postal Service (IPoS) Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) Indian Revenue Service (IRS- IT) Indian Revenue Service (IRS- C&CE) Indian Trade Service (ITrS) Railway Protection Force (RPF) Group B Services Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHCS) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DAN- ICS) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS) Pondicherry Civil Service Pondicherry Police Service eligibility in Mains Examination & a candidate needs to secure at least 33% marks in order to be eligible for graded on basis of Marks of Paper I of Preliminary April 2018

Career Awareness Civil Services New Mains Format Paper Subject Marks Paper A Examination. Mains The Civil Services Mains Examination consists of a written examination and an interview. Examination The written examination consists of nine papers, two qualifying and seven ranking in nature. The range of questions may vary from just one mark to sixty marks, twenty words to 600 words answers. (One of the Indian languages listed below, to be selected by the candidate (from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India) (Qualifying) 300 Paper B English (Qualifying) 300 Paper I Essay 250 Paper II Paper III Paper IV Paper V Papers VI, VII General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society) General Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice and international relations) General Studies III (Technology, economic development, bio-diversity, environment, security and disaster management) General Studies IV(ethics, integrity and aptitude) Two papers on subjects to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks for each paper) 250 250 250 250 500 Sub Total (Written Test) 1750 Personality Test (Interview) 275 Total Marks 2025 List of Languages The examination is offered in the following languages, with the name of the script in brackets: Assamese (Assamese) Bengali (Bengali) Bodo (Devanagari) Dogri (Devanagari) English (English) Gujarati (Gujarati) Hindi (Devanagari) Kannada (Kannada) Kashmiri (Persian) Konkani (Devanagari) Maithili (Devanagari) Malayalam (Malayalam) Manipuri (Bengali) Marathi (Devanagari) Nepali (Devanagari) Oriya (Oriya) Punjabi (Gurumukhi) Sanskrit (Devanagari) Santhali (Devanagri or Ol Chiki) Sindhi (Devanagari or Arabic) Tamil (Tamil) Telugu (Telugu) Urdu (Persian) Candidates who pass qualifying papers are ranked according to marks and a selected number of candidates are called for interview or a personality test at the Commission's discretion According to the new marks allocations in Civil Service Examination 2013 there are some changes made in the examination according to the suggestion of the Prof. Arun. S. Nigavekar Committee. However, after some controversy, the qualifying papers for Indian languages and English were restored to the examination. Interview Officially called the "Personality Test", the objective 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 evaluate the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate's intellectual qualities, but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical expo- April 2018 27

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