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CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATIONS

Indian Revenue Service (IRS - Group A) officers are recruited through the Indian Civil Services Examinations (ICS) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It is a 3 tier Graduate level examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year.

1. The Civil Services Examination consists of a Preliminary Examination which is an eliminatory and objective type multiple choice test with two compulsory papers. Those who qualify in this Preliminary screening test can appear for the Main Examination. Marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination is not counted for final selection and ranking of a candidate.

2. The Main Examination is a descriptive type of test having compulsory and elective subjects. It includes Essay, General Studies, English Language, one Indian Language and two elective subjects. Those who get the minimum qualifying marks in the Main Examination are called for an Interview/Personality test. English language and Indian language under compulsory category are qualifying type and the marks scored in these papers are not included for final ranking.

3. The Interview/Personality test is normally conducted at New Delhi. Marks obtained in the Main Examination and Interview together decides the final selection and rank of a candidate. Allotment to the cadre depends on the rank and option of a candidate. Advertisements containing the details and the dates of examinations are normally published in the Employment News and other local News Papers.

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2016  

General Studies Paper I
General Studies Paper II

Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2016  

Compulsory Papers

Essay
General Studies - Paper I
General Studies - Paper II
General Studies - Paper III
General Studies - Paper IV
English Language

Indian Languages (Compulsory)

Assamese Bengali
Bodo Dogri
Gujarati Hindi
Kannada Konkani
Maithili Malayalam
Marathi Nepali
Oriya Punjabi
Sanskrit Santhali
Tamil Telugu
Sindhi (Arabic) Sindhi (Devanagari)
Urdu

Optional Subjects for Main Examination

Agriculture Paper I Agriculture Paper II
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Paper I Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Paper II
Anthropology Paper I Anthropology Paper II
Botany Paper I Botany Paper II
Chemistry Paper I Chemistry Paper II
Civil Engineering Paper I Civil Engineering Paper II
Commerce & Accountancy Paper I Commerce & Accountancy Paper II
Economics Paper I Economics Paper II
Electrical Engineering Paper I Electrical Engineering Paper II
Geography Paper I Geography Paper II
Geology Paper I Geology Paper II
History Paper I History Paper II
Law Paper I Law Paper II
Management Paper I Management Paper II
Mathematics Paper I Mathematics Paper II
Mechanical Engineering Paper I Mechanical Engineering Paper II
Medical Science Paper I Medical Science Paper II
Philosophy Paper I Philosophy Paper II
Physics Paper I Physics Paper II
Political Science & International Relations Paper I Political Science & International Relations Paper II
Psychology Paper I Psychology Paper II
Public Administration Paper I Public Administration Paper II
Sociology Paper I Sociology Paper II
Statistics Paper I Statistics Paper II
Zoology Paper I Zoology Paper II

Literature Subjects for Main Examination

Assamese Paper I Assamese Paper II
Bengali Paper I Bengali Paper II
Bodo Paper I Bodo Paper II
English Paper I English Paper II
Gujarati Paper I Gujarati Paper II
Hindi Paper I Hindi Paper II
Kannada Paper I Kannada Paper II
Maithili Paper I Maithili Paper II
Manipuri Paper I Manipuri Paper II
Malayalam Paper I Malayalam Paper II
Marathi Paper I Marathi Paper II
Oriya Paper I Oriya Paper II
Punjabi Paper I Punjabi Paper II
Sanskrit Paper I Sanskrit Paper II
Santali Paper I Santali Paper II
Sindhi (Arabic) Paper I Sindhi (Arabic) Paper II
Sindhi (Devanagari) Paper I Sindhi (Devanagari) Paper II
Tamil Paper I Tamil Paper II
Telugu Paper I Telugu Paper II
Urdu Paper I Urdu Paper II
    

Previous Year's Question Papers

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2013

2012

2011

NB: Data courtesy www.upsc.gov.in. For more information please see www.upsc.gov.in. The details provided here are for guidance only and no further correspondence in this regard will be entertained.

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