IB ACIO Interview 2021


Union Public Service Commission EXAMINATION 
NOTICE NO. 04/2013-CSP DATED 5.03.2013
(Commission's website - http://www.upsc.gov.in)


 The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is expected to be approximately 1000. The final number of vacancies may undergo a change subsequently after receipt of the firm number of vacancies from the concerned Cadre Controlling Authorities.
 Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.



The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

The nature and standard  of questions in the General Studies papers ( P a p e r I I t o P a p e r V ) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s  basic  understanding  of all  relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio- economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.

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Syllabi of the papers included in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination are given as follows:-


Essay:   Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

English Comprehension & English Precis will be to test the English language Comprehension and English précis writing skills (at 10th standard level).


General Studies- I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

     Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

     Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

     The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

     Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
     History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

     Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

     Role  of  women  and  women’s  organization,  population  and  associated  issues,  poverty  and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

     Effects of globalization on Indian society

     Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

     Salient features of world’s physical geography.

     Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub- continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)

     Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water- bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.


General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

     Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

     Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

     Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

     Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

     Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

     Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

     Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

     Appointment  to  various  Constitutional  posts,  powers,  functions  and  responsibilities  of  various
Constitutional Bodies.

     Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial  bodies
     Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

     Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

     Welfare  schemes  for  vulnerable  sections  of  the  population  by  the  Centre  and  States  and  the performance  of  these  schemes;  mechanisms,  laws,  institutions  and  Bodies  constituted  for  the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

     Issues  relating  to  development  and  management  of  Social  Sector/Services  relating  to  Health, Education, Human Resources.

     Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

     Important  aspects  of  governance,  transparency  and  accountability,  e-governance-  applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

     Role of civil services in a democracy.

     India and its neighborhood- relations.

     Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

     Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
     Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.


General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and
Disaster Management.

     Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

     Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

     Government Budgeting.

     Major crops   cropping patterns in various parts of the country,     different types of irrigation and irrigation systems   storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers

     Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping;   issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.

    Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

     Land reforms in India.

     Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

     Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

     Investment models.

     Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

     Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

     Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

     Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation,  environmental impact assessment

     Disaster and disaster management.

     Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

     Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

     Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention

     Security challenges and their management in border areas;       linkages of organized crime with terrorism

     Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate


General Studies- IV:    Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society.  Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects.  The following broad areas will be covered.

     Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in    human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics   in private and public relationships.  Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating  values.

     Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
     Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service ,   integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker- sections.

     Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

     Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

     Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

     Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

     Case Studies on above issues.



The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

Mere issue of admission certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the

Commission takes up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.

Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website http:// www.upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up  online  applications  are  available  on  the  above-  mentioned  website.  Brief  Instructions  for  filling  up  the  "Online
Application Form" given in Appendix-II.

The online Applications can be filled up to    of April, 2013 till 11.59 PM after which the link will be disabled.

4.     The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination.  The  e-  Admission  Certificate  will  be  made  available  in  the  UPSC  website  [www.upsc.gov.in]  for downloading by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.

Candidates should note that there will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

6.     For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet [Answer Sheet], candidates must use black ball pen only. Pens with any other colours are prohibited. Do not use Pencil or Ink pen.   Candidates are further advised to read carefully the "Special Instructions" contained in Appendix-III of the Notice.

In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s  Facilitation  Counter  near  gate  ‘C’  of  its  campus  in  person  or  over  Telephone  No.  011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs.


(a) Mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises where the examination is being conducted. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examinations.

(b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/ pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured.

8. Candidates are advised not to bring any valuable/costly items to the Examination Halls, as safe-keeping of the same cannot be assured. Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.

"Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply."

F. No. 1/2/2012-E.I(B) : Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Services and Posts mentioned below will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on 26th May, 2013 in accordance with the Rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 5th March, 2013

(i) Indian Administrative Service. 
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’. 
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’. 
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration). 
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’. 
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'. 
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’ 
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A".
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'. (xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'.

2. (A) CENTRES OF EXAMINATION : The Examination will be held at the following Centres:


The centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Delhi, Dispur, Kolkatta and Nagpur.  Allotment of Centres will be on the "first-apply-first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones.  Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice.
NB: Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision, Commission reserves the right to change the examination centres at their discretion if the situation demands.

Blind candidates will, however, be required to take the examination at any one of the seven centres only viz. Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Dispur and Mumbai.

Candidates admitted to the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of examination. The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be granted.


The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages (vide Appendix I Section-I below).

(i)    Civil  Services  Preliminary  Examination  (Objective  type)  for  the  selection  of  candidates  for  the  Main
Examination; and
(ii)   Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts noted above.

Applications are now invited for the Preliminary Examination only. Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Main Examination will have to apply online again, in the Detailed Application Form which would be made available them. The Main Examination is likely to be held in November/ December, 2013.

(1) For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India. (2) For other services, a candidate must be either:—
(a) a citizen of India, or (b) a subject of Nepal, or (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.
(ii) Age Limits :

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2013, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1983 and not later than 1st August, 1992.
(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable :

(i) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.

(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
(iii) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
(iv) upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.
(v) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commission Officers and ECOs/ SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2013 and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2013) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment.
(vi) Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2013 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
(vii) upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped persons.

NOTE I : Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(ii)(b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

NOTE II : The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re- employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

NOTE III : The age concession under para 3(ii)(b)(v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned
Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own request.
NOTE IV : Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3 (ii) (b) (vii) above, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical  standards  for  the  concerned  Services/posts  to  be  allocated  to  the  physically  disabled  candidates  by  the Government.


The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Civil Services (Main) Examination.

No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.

The expression Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned-above.

NOTE 1 : Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate as on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

NOTE 2 : Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

NOTE 3 : The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in column 3 of the Application Form for the Preliminary Examination. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.

(iii) Minimum Educational Qualifications :

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

NOTE I : Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend  to  appear  at  such  a  qualifying  examination  will  also  be  eligible  for  admission  to  the  Preliminary Examination.  All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of August/September, 2013.
NOTE II : In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.

NOTE III : Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

NOTE IV : Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/ Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.

(iv) Number of attempts:

Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination.

Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible shall be seven.  The relaxation will be available to the candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

Provided further that a physically handicapped will get as many attempts as are available to other non- physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for seven attempts. The relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.


(i) An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.

(ii) If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.
(iii) Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

(v) Restrictions on applying for the examination :

A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.

In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Examination, 2013 is over and he/she continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2013 notwithstanding his/her having qualified in the Preliminary Examination, 2013.

Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2013 but before the result thereof and continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be considered for appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result of this examination viz. Civil Services Examination, 2013.

(vi) Physical Standards :

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination, 2013 as per guidelines given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated  5th   March, 2013.

4.  FEE:

Candidates (excepting  Female/SC/ST/PH Candidates who are exempted from pay- ment  of fee)  are  required  to pay  fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees   Hundred only) either by re- mitting the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash,  or by using  net banking  facility  of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner& Jaipur/Sate Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala /State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

For the applicants in whose case payments details have not been received from the bank they will be treated as fictitious  payment  cases and a list of all such applicants shall be made available on the Commission website  within two weeks  after the last day of submission of online  application. These applicants shall also be intimated through e- mail to submit copy of proof of their payment to the   Commissi on   at   the   address mentioned in the e-mail.  The applicant shall be required to submit the proof within 10 days from the date of such communication either by hand or by speed post to the Commission. In case, no response is received from the applicants their applications shall be summarily rejected and no further correspondence shall be entertained in this regard.

All  female  candidates  and  candidates  belonging  Scheduled  Caste/Scheduled  Tribe/Physically  Handicapped categories are exempted from payment of fee. No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay the prescribed fee in full.

Physically disabled persons are exempted from the payment of fee provided they are otherwise eligible for appointment to the Services/Posts to be filled on the results of this examination on the basis of the standards of medical fitness for these Services/Posts (including any concessions specifically extended to the physically disabled). A physically disabled candidate claiming fee concession will be required by the Commission to submit along with their Detailed Application Form, a certified copy of the certificate from a Government Hospital/Medical Board in support of his/her claim for being physically disabled.
NOTE : Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision for fee exemption, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or the Appointing Authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/Posts to be allocated to physically disabled candidates by the Government.


NOTE II : Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

NOTE III : If any candidate who took the Civil Services Examination held in 2012 wishes to apply for admission to this examination, he/she must submit his/her application without waiting for the results or an offer of appointment.

NOTE IV : Candidates admitted to the Main Examination will be required to pay a further fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees
Two hundreds only).


(a) Candidates are required to apply online using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the abovementioned website.

The applicants are advised to submit only single application; however,  if due to any unavoidable situation,  if he/she submits   another/multiple applications, then   he/she   must   ensure   that   applica- tion with the higher RID is complete in all respects  like applicants’ details, exami- nation centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple  applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Reg- istration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and  fee paid  against  one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

(b) All candidates, whether already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organisations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission.

Persons already in Government Service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as workcharged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises are however, required to submit an undertaking that they have informed in writing their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination.

Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

NOTE 1 :

While filling in his/her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his/her choice of centre for the Examination.

If any candidate appears at a centre other than the one indicated by the Commission in his/her Admission Certificate,  the  papers  of  such  a  candidate  will  not  be  evaluated  and  his/her  candidature  will  be  liable  to cancellation.

NOTE 2 :

Candidates are  not required  to submit alongwith their applications any  certificate in support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Other Backward Classes and Physically disabled etc. which will be verified at the time of the Main examination only. The
candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination.  Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission
viz. Preliminary Examination, Main (Written) Examination and Interview Test will be purely provisional, subject to
their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the Preliminary Examination, Main (written) Examination and Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.

If any of their claims is found to be incorrect, they may render themselves liable to disciplinary action by the
Commission in terms of Rule 14 of the Rules for the Civil Services Examination, 2013 reproduced below :

A candidate who is or has been declared by the Commission to be guilty of:

(i) Obtaining support for his/her candidature by the following means, namely:– (a) offering illegal gratification to, or
(b) applying pressure on, or

(c) blackmailing, or threatening to blackmail any person connected with the conduct of the examination, or
(ii) impersonating, or

(iii) procuring impersonation by any person, or

(iv) submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with, or

(v) making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information, or

(vi) resorting to the following means in connection with his/her candidature for the examination, Namely
(a) obtaining copy of question paper through improper means,

(b) finding out the particulars of the persons connected with secret work relating to the   examination. (c) influencing the examiners, or
(vii) using unfair means during the examination, or

(viii)writing obscene matter or drawing obscene sketches in the scripts, or

(ix) misbehaving in the examination hall including tearing of the scripts, provoking fellow examinees to boycott examination, creating a disorderly scene and the like, or
(x) harassing or doing bodily harm to the staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of their examinations, or
(xi) being in possession of or using mobile phone, pager or any electronic equipment or device or any other equipment capable of being used as a communication device during the examination; or
(xii) violating any of the instructions issued to candidates along with their Admission Certificates permitting them to take the examination, or
(xiii)attempting to commit or as the case may be abetting the Commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses; may in addition to rendering himself/herself liable to criminal prosecution, be liable;
(a) to be disqualified by the Commission from the examination for which he/she is a candidate and/or

(b) to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period

(i) by the Commission from any examination or selection held by them; (ii) by the Central Government from any employment under them; and
(c) if he/she is already in service under Government to disciplinary action under the appropriate Rules. Provided that no penalty under this Rules shall be imposed except after
(i)        giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation, in writing as he/she may wish to make in that behalf; and
(ii)       taking the representation, if any, submitted by the candidate within the period allowed to him/her into consideration.


The Online Applications can be filled up to 4th  April, 2013 till 11.59 pm after which the link will be disabled.

The Commission will not enter into any cor- respondence with the candidates about their candidature except in the following  cases:

(i) The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before  the commencement of the exami- nation. The e-Admission Certificate  will be made available on the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for downloading by can- didates.  No Admission  Certificate  will be sent by post. If a candidate does not receive his e-Admission Certificate or any other communication regarding his/her candidature for the examination three weeks before the commencement of the examination, he/she should at once contact the Commission. In- formation in this regard can also be obtained from the Facilitation  Counter  located  in  the  Commission’s  Office  either in person  or  over  phone    Nos.    011-23381125/011-
23385271/011-23098543. In case no communication is received   in the Commission's Office from the candidate regarding non-receipt of his/her Admission Certificate atleast 3 weeks before the examination, he/she himself/herself will be solely responsible for non-receipt of his/her Admission Certificate.

No candidate will ordinarily be allowed to take the examination unless he/she holds a certificate of admission for the exami- nation. On downloading of e-Admission Certificate, check it carefully and bring discrepancies/errors, if any, to the notice of UPSC immediately.

The candidates should note that their admission to the examination will be purely provisional based on the information given by them in the Application Form. This will be subject to verification of all the eligibility conditions by the UPSC.

The mere fact that a certificate of admission to the Examination has been issued to a candidate, will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission or that entries made by the candidate in his/her application for the Preliminary examination have been accepted by the Commission as true and correct. Candidates may note that the Commission takes up the verification of eligibility conditions of a candidate, with reference to original  documents,  only  after  the  candidate  has  qualified  for  Civil  Services  (Main)  Examination.  Unless candidature is formally confirmed by the Commission, it continues to be provisional.

The decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the Examination shall be final.
Candidates  should note that the name in the Admission Certificat e in some cases, may be abbreviated  due to technical reasons.
(ii) In the event of a candidate  download-  ing more than one Admission Certificate  from the Commission's  website, he/she  should use only one of these Admission  Certificates  for  appearing  in the examina-  tion and report about the other(s) to the Commission's Office.
(iii)  Candidates  are  informed t h a t as  the Preliminary  Examination is only a screening  test, no marks sheets will be supplied to successful or unsuccessful candidates  and no correspondence will be entertained  by the Commission, in this regard.
(iv)   If  a  candidate   receives   an  e-Admission  Certificate  in respect  of some other  candidate  the same should  be immediately  returned to the Commission with a request to issue the correct e-Admission Certificate.  Candidates  may note that they will not be allowed to take the examination on the strength of an Admission Certificate issued in respect of another candidate.
(v) Candidates  must ensure that their  e- mail IDs given  in their online  applications  are valid and active.



2. Registration ID (RID)



9. A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidates belong is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government.   If a candidate indicates in his/her application form for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination that he/she belongs to General category but subsequently writes to the Commission to change his/her category to a reserved one, such request shall not be entertained by the Commission. Similar principle will be followed for physically disabled categories also.

While the above principle will be followed in general, there may be a few cases where there was a little gap (say 2-3 months) between the issuance of a Government Notification enlisting a particular community in the list of any of the reserved communities and  the  date  of  submission of  the application by the candidate. In such cases the request of change of community from general to reserved may be considered by the Commission on merit.  In case of a candidate unfortunately becoming physically disabled during the course of the examination, the candidate should produce valid documents to enable the Commission to take a decision in the matter on merit.

10. The closing date fixed for the receipt of the application  will be treated as the date for determining  the OBC status
(including that of creamy layer) of the candidate.




The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:

(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and

(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.

2. The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in subsection (A) of Section-II. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

3. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for interview for a Personality Test vide sub-section ‘C’ of Section-II. Marks obtained in the papers will be counted for ranking.   The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled.

Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.


Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations

A. Preliminary Examination

The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

NOTE (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English    Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

(iii) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.

(iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will however; be allowed an extra time of      twenty minutes at each paper.

B. Main Examination
The written examination will consist of the following papers:


Section 1 Essay                                      200 Marks
Section 2 English Comprehension
& English Précis                                  100 Marks
(Of Matriculation/ Xth standard level)


General Studies–I                                  250Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture,
History and Geography of the World and Society)


General Studies –II                               250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)


General Studies –III                            250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)


General Studies –IV                            250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Optional Subject – Paper 1                 250 Marks


Optional Subject – Paper 2                 250 Marks Sub Total (Written test)                     1800 Marks Personality Test                                    275 Marks. Grand Total                                         2075 Marks
{Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given in para 2 below (Group 1). However, a candidate can opt for the literatures of a language, indicated in Group-2 below para 2, as an optional subject, only if the candidate has graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject}.

(i) Marks obtained by the candidates for all papers (Paper I-VII) will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all papers of the examination.

(ii) For the Language medium/ literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the candidates will be as under:-

Language                      Script Assamese                       Assamese Bengali                           Bengali Gujarati                           Gujarati Hindi                               Devanagari Kannada                         Kannada Kashmiri                         Persian Konkani                          Devanagari Malayalam                      Malayalam Manipuri                        Bengali
Marathi                           Devanagari
Nepali                              Devanagari Oriya                               Oriya Punjabi                            Gurumukhi Sanskrit                           Devanagari
Sindhi                              Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil                               Tamil Telugu                             Telugu Urdu                                Persian
Bodo                               Devanagari
Dogri                               Devanagari
Maithilli                          Devanagari
Santhali                           Devanagari or Olchiki

Note :  For Santali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

2.  List of optional subjects for Main Examination:
(i)       Agriculture
(ii)      Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
(iii)     Anthropology
(iv)     Botany
(v)      Chemistry
(vi)     Civil Engineering
(vii)    Commerce and Accountancy
(viii)   Economics
(ix)     Electrical Engineering
(x)      Geography
(xi)      Geology
(xii)     History
(xiii)    Law
(xiv)   Management
(xv)    Mathematics
(xvi)   Mechanical Engineering
(xvii)  Medical Science
(xviii) Philosophy
(xix)   Physics
(xx)    Political Science and International Relations
(xxi)   Psychology
(xxii)  Public Administration
(xxiii)  Sociology (xxiv) Statistics (xxv)   Zoology


Literature of any one of the following languages:

Assamese,   Bengali,   Bodo,   Dogri,   Gujarati,   Hindi,   Kannada,   Kashmiri,   Konkani,   Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English.


(i) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. (ii) Each paper will be of three hours duration.
(iii) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except Section 2 of the Paper-I (English comprehension and English précis) in English or Hindi. If the candidate has had his/ her graduation in any of the  following  language  mediums  using  the  particular  language  medium for  qualifying  the  graduate  level examination, then he/she may opt for that particular language medium to answer all the question papers, except Section 2 of the Paper-I (English comprehension and English précis).

Assamese,   Bengali,   Bodo,   Dogri,   Gujarati,   Kannada,   Kashmiri,   Konkani,   Maithili,   Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu

(iv) However, in the interest of maintaining the quality and standards of examination, a minimum number of 25 (twenty-five) candidates should opt for a specific language medium for answering the question papers in that language medium. In case there are less than 25 (twentyfive) candidates opting for any approved language medium (other than English or Hindi), then those candidates will be required to write their examination either in Hindi or in English only.

(v) Candidates  exercising  the  option  to answer Papers in any one of the languages mentioned above  may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases; their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.

(vi) The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only. (vii) The details of the syllabi are set out in Part B of Section III.
General Instructions (Preliminary as well as Main Examination):

(i) Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances, will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them. However, blind candidates will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe. Blind candidates will also be allowed an extra time at each paper @ ten minutes per hour.

(ii) An extra time of twenty minutes per hour shall be permitted for the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of
40%  impairment)  in the  Civil  Services (Main)  Examination only.  However,  no  scribe  shall  be  permitted to  such candidates.

NOTE 1: The eligibility conditions of a scribe, his/her conduct inside the examination hall and the manner in which and extent to which he/she can help the blind candidate in writing the Civil Services Examination shall be governed by the instructions issued by the UPSC in this regard. Violation of all or any of the said instructions shall entail the cancellation of the candidature of the blind candidate in addition to any other action that the UPSC may take against the scribe.
NOTE 2: For purpose of these rules the candidate shall be deemed to be a blind candidate if the percentage of visual impairment is 40% or more. The criteria for determining the percentage of visual impairment shall be as follows :

NOTE 3 : For availing of the concession admissible to a blind candidate, the candidate concerned shall produce a certificate in the prescribed proforma from a Medical Board constituted by the Central/State Governments
alongwith his application for the Main Examination.

NOTE 4 : (i) The concession admissible to blind candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.
(ii) The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

(iii) If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him.
(iv) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.

(v) Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.
(vi) In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.

(vii) Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.
(viii) Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.

It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test
Booklets).  They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

C. Interview test

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object 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 judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

2. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

3. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.


The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

Paper I - (200 marks) Duration : Two hours

Current events of national and international importance. History of India and Indian National Movement.
Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights
Issues, etc.
Economic  and  Social  Development  Sustainable  Development,  Poverty,  Inclusion,  Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require
subject specialization. General Science.

Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

Interpersonal skills including communication skills; Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision-making and problem-solving
General mental ability
Basic  numeracy  (numbers  and  their  relations,  orders  of  magnitude,  etc.)  (Class  X  level),  Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Note 1 : Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of PaperII) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.



Candidates must apply Online using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in/ . Salient features of the system of Online Application Form are given hereunder:

     Detailed  instructions for  filling  up  online  applications are  available  on  the above  mentioned website.
     Candidates will be required  to  complete   the  Online  Application Form containing   two stages viz.
Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available in the above mentioned site through   drop down menus.
     The   candidates are   required   to pay   a fee   of    Rs.   100/-   (Rupees   Hundred   only) (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH candidates who   are exempted   from   payment of fee) either by remitting   the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using any Visa/Master Credit/Debit  Card.

     Before   start   filling   up   on   Online   Application, a candidate   must   have  his photograph and signature  duly scanned  in the .jpg format  in such  a manner that each file should not exceed 40
KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.

     The Online applications (Part I and II) can be filled within the period notified for the purpose, after which link will be disabled.
     Applicants  should  avoid  submitting  multiple  applications. However,  if due  to any  unavoidable circumstances any   applicant   submits   multiple   applications then   he must   ensure   that the applications with  higher  RID  is complete  in all respects.
     In case of multiple   applications, the applications with higher RID shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.
     Candidates are strongly  advised  to apply well in time without waiting for last date for submission of online application.

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