All About UPSC Exam Preparation: Notification, Application Procedure, Eligibility, Pattern, Books
of a nation depends on how effectively it administers itself. For India, this
has been the key strength, thanks to its many Indian Administration Service
To become such officers of key importance is not an easy task. One has to pass through the grueling examination process of the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC).
What are the Stages of UPSC CSE Exam Pattern?
The CSE or
commonly called IAS exam pattern involves three stages. The first stage is
the Preliminary stage.
This stage is generally known as the elimination stage where the majority of the applicants for the exam are eliminated. The examination consists of two papers. Paper I is the General Studies Paper and Paper II is the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). Both the papers consist of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs). Eligibility for the next stage is only after crossing the cut-off marks laid down by the Commission in Paper I and getting qualifying marks in the second paper.
The next stage
is known as the Mains Examination. This is a descriptive type.
There are a total of nine papers including two language papers which are
qualifying in nature. Selection to the next stage is based on merit. Here, the
analytical ability of the candidate, their capacity to be innovative, their
understanding of the detail, their ability to connect the dots, etc., are
The final stage is the Interview Stage where candidates who qualified Mains are interviewed by the members of the UPSC Commission. By aggregating the marks from Mains and Interview, the final selection list is released by the Commission. Based on one's rank and category, IAS posts are allocated.
eligibility Limit of UPSC Civil Services Exam.
UPSC notification clearly mentions the eligibility for the exam. The lower age limit for all category candidates is 21 years as of 1st August. The upper age limit for general category candidates is 32 years. For OBC, it is 35 and 37 years for SC and ST candi