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Civil Services Examination is a 3-stage examination held every year.
Stage 1 » Preliminary Test
Stage 2 » Main Exam
Stage 3 » Personality Test / Interview
Stage 1 » Preliminary Test » consists of objective questions with penalty (negative marking of 0.33%) for wrong answers.
(This is generally held on 2nd or 3rd Sunday in the month of June)
Paper 1 » General Studies (200 marks) 2 hours
Paper 2 » CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) (200 marks) 2 hours.
Paper-2-CSAT is only qualifying in nature and one is required to score one-third of total marks to qualify this exam.
The Main Exam (Subjective papers of 1750 marks) consists of 7 papers which are usually held from early October.
The current pattern of Main examination is as follows:- General Studies
Paper I » 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper II » 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper III » 250 marks (3 hours)
Paper IV » 250 marks (3 hours) Optional Subject
Paper 1 » 250 marks (3 hours) Paper 2 » 250 marks (3 hours)
Essay :- 250 marks (3 hours) Language Papers marks
(qualifying paper marks not included in Main Exam)
English Language:- 300
Modern Indian Language:- 300
Usually Paper 1 is held from 9 am to 12 pm and Paper 2 is held from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Students who qualify for Interview are called by the UPSC in February or March.
The Interviews usually start 2 weeks after the Main Exam results are announced. The duration of Interviews is around 40 days.
The final result is declared in the month of April.
This is computed on the basis of the total marks scored by candidates in Main Examination (1750) and Personality Test or Interview (275).
Final Ranking and Service allocation is based on the combined marks scored in Main Examination (1750) and Interview (275) and on the preferences given by the candidates at the time of filling up of the Main Examination application form.
• Age Limit: To appear in this exam the age limit is
• General category: 21 to 32years
• OBC: 21 to 35 years
• SC/ST: 21 to 37 years
• Physically Handicap: 21 to 42years
• Educational Qualification: Graduation from any stream. The final year appearing student can also appear for the exam.

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