UPSC Civil Service Examination Frequently Asked Questions


Commonly Asked Questions About UPSC Civil Services Examination

What is the eligibility attend civil service examinations?

  • The candidate should have a graduate degree or equivalent qualifications from a government recognized institution.
  • Should be an Indian citizen.
  • Age should be from 21 years to 32 years (age relaxations are applicable based on community and other special cases)

How to apply for UPSC?

  • Candidates can apply online through upsconline.nic.in
  • After a notification for the exam is released candidates can register for the examination to get an admit card.
  • Other instructions will be available in the upsconline website

How many stages are there in UPSC civil service services examinations?

There are three stages,

  • 1).Preliminary exam
  • 2) Main exam
  • 3) Personal Interview

How many times I can attend Civil Services examination?

The number of times a candidate can attend the civil services examination is based on their community,

  • General category – 6 tries
  • For OBC – 9 tries
  • SC/ST candidates can attend unlimited times.

List of services

All India Services (Group A)

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Police Service (IPS)

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 (DANICS)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)
  • Pondicherry Civil Service
  • Pondicherry Police Service

Where can I find previous year question papers?

The previous year question papers are very useful to practice and to get an idea about how the exam will be. All the previous year questions are available on UPSC web site and you can use this link given below.

What is the structure of UPSC Civil preliminary exams?

The UPSC Civil Services preliminary exam has two papers.

Paper – 1 ; General Studies


The questions will be based on general knowledge about our country and current affairs and one should have knowledge about various current affairs and historical events and things like politics and history and geography of world and India.

Paper 2:


The paper 2 tests the candidate’s aptitude like Logical reasoning, comprehension, analytical ability, Problem solving, Basic Numeracy and even mental ability.

How much cut-off I have to score in Preliminary exam to get selected for Main exam?

  • The cut-off marks for every year changes and the UPSC announces the minimum cut off marks needed to pass the exam every year.
  • In the Preliminary exam only your Paper-I scores will be counted for the Main exam qualification but you at least need to score 33% in the Paper-II

The cutoff marks for year 2015 were,

Can I use calculators in UPSC civil service exam?

Calculators are not allowed for the preliminary exams and candidates can use non-programmable type (Non-scientific) calculators in essay type (ie) Main examination. They have get permission from exam supervisors and interchanging calculators will not be allowed.

Can I clear UPSC civil service exam without attending coaching classes?

That will up to the individual potential and studying methods. If you have proper planning and confidence in your studying method clearing the exam without attending coaching may be simple for you. But if you prefer the environment of studying together with other students and having someone to guide you attending classes will be better for you. In both cases only your hard work can determine whether you will pass or not.

To check notification click here.

To cheek previous year question papers click here.

To check previous year cutoff marks click here.

To apply click here.


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