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General Instruction for Civil Services Exam


The Application Procedure for the Civil Services Examination has been completely digitized at the preliminary level and applications can be made only online. This is going with the need for bureaucrats to be net savvy. No more the forms that need to filled and posted to UPSC. Even admit cards will be issued online and candidates are expected to download their copies between fixed days.

Scheme of Examination

The successive stages of examination are:
  • Preliminary Examination for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination
  • Main Examination (Written) for the selection of candidates for interview for a Personality Test.
  • Interview (Personality Test)

Number of Attempt Civil Services Exam

  1. Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six 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 nine.

    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 nine attempts.

    Necessary action to make Corresponding Changes in respective Rules/Regulations Pertaining to various services is being taken separately. The relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

  2. Notwithstanding anything contained in this rule, any candidate who appeared in the Civil Services Examination, 2011 but is otherwise ineligible for Civil Services Examination, 2016 due to completion of the number of attempts available for examination under this rule, shall be permitted an additional attempt in the Civil Services Examination, 2016.

NOTE :
(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. 

Condition on Applying Exam

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, 2016 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, 2016 notwithstanding his/her having qualified in the Preliminary Examination, 2016.

Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2016 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, 2016.

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