IAS Coaching Centre prepares IAS Aspirants for the Civil Service Examination

The Civil Service Exam, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission is considered as one of the most rigorous competitive examinations of India. The exam is to recruit officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS). So, it is quite apparent, when you are preparing for this exam you may have questions regarding the schedule, UPSC syllabus or other details. The best part of the overall article is that you will get every summarised detail about the examination here. This will help you comprehend the structure of the examination as the review contains in-depth information.

UPSC Syllabus as explained by Civil Service Coaching Centres in Chennai

The preliminary stage of the Civil service examination is concerned with the analytical and reasoning capacity of the candidate. The primary test is the most important and crucial stage as the markys scored counts in the selection procedure. You can get best IAS coaching in chennai to achieve success in the examination. Aspirants preparing for Civil Service examinations have rated the Chinmaya Academy as one of the best coaching centres in Chennai ,which not only encourages the students to pass the examination but also prepares them for the Personality Assessment Stage. .

The Intricacies and Nuances of the UPSC Syllabus and the eminent civil service coaching centres

You should know that UPSC has modified the structure and pattern of the Civil Service examination since the Students from IAS Coaching centres year 2011. The pattern of the preliminary examination is not as it was earlier. There are three essential stages of the examination-

  1.    Preliminary Examination or the Civil Services Aptitude Test which consists of General Studies Paper-1 and CSAT Paper 2 (objective type):
  •         General Studies Paper 1- The paper 1 has 200 multiple choice questions each carrying one mark for a correct answer and also negative marking of 0.3 with every wrong answer.
  •         CSAT Paper 2- the second paper is more like an aptitude-type-exam that tests your graph reading abilities, logical reasoning capability and also Hindi and English comprehension.
  1.    Mains Examination  which consists of nine papers (subjective): the nine papers in the written examination is divided into:
  •         Paper 1(300 marks) – any of the Indian language you can choose from the languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution
  •         Paper 2 (300marks)- English
  •         Paper 3 (200 marks)- Essay
  •         Paper 4 (300 marks)- General Studies Paper 1
  •         Paper 5 (300 marks)- General Studies Paper 2
  •         Paper 6 (300 marks)- Optional 1- Paper 1
  •         Paper 7(300 marks)- Optional 1- Paper 2
  •         Paper 8 (300 marks)- Optional 2- Paper 1
  •         Paper 9 (300 marks)- Optional 2- Paper 2
  1.    Personality Assessment Stage or Personal Interview (verbal) – the personality test consists of 300 marks.

Here is the list of the various optional subjects that the candidate can opt for the Main Examination including Literature or Language:

  •         Botany
  •         Agriculture
  •         Anthropology
  •         Chemistry
  •         Civil Engineering
  •         Economics
  •         Geography
  •         History
  •         Law
  •         Geology
  •         Electrical Engineering
  •         Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry
  •         Philosophy
  •         Zoology
  •         Relations
  •         Psychology
  •         Statistics
  •         Sociology
  •         Physics
  •         Public Administration
  •         Mechanical Engineering
  •         Management
  •         Mathematics
  •         Political Science and International
  •         Commerce and Accountancy
  •         Economics

Literature of the following languages namely Arabic, Bodo, Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali, Chinese, Maithili, Nepali, Marathi, Odiya, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Santali, Pali, Punjabi, Persian, Kashmiri, Dogri, English, Konkani, Kannada, French, Hindi, German, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Manipuri and Russian.

Guidance from Civil service Coaching centre in Chennai

The combinations of the following subjects are not allowed in the examination:
1. Mathematics and Statistics
2. Anthropology and Sociology
3. Commerce & Accountancy and Management
4. Management and Public Administration
5. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science
6. Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration
7. Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Civil engineering.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many attempts can one give to the CSE exam?

There is a set of rules governing the UPSC CSE examination. A candidate can appear for the IAS examination only for a specific number of times. Candidates belonging to the General category can appear for the IAS exam only for four times within their age limit. Likewise, candidates belonging to the OBC category can appear for the IAS examination only seven times. However, for the SC/ST candidates, there is an exemption as they can appear for the IAS examination as many times as they want until they reach 37 years of age. Remember that appearing for one paper in the Prelims exam is also considered an attempt.

Do physically handicapped candidates have any relaxation in the number of attempts?

The physically handicapped person should have a disability of 40% or more. A physically handicapped candidate belonging to the general category is eligible for 7 attempts. The maximum number of attempt for a physically handicapped belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories who want to appear in IAS examination is 9 times. The maximum age limit which is required for the candidate to appear in the IAS examination is 45 years. There is an age relaxation of 10 to 15 years according to your disability and you are exempted from fees also. However, for others, there is no such exemption.

Can a candidate who has graduated from an open school or university apply for UPSC CSE examination?

Yes, the candidate who has completed education from an open school or university can apply for the Commission’s examination provided that the candidate has passed a Bachelor degree from any of Indian universities or equivalent qualification from any recognized university. The minimum educational qualification required to apply for the Commission’s examination is a bachelor’s degree. There are some open universities such as NIOS and IGNOU which are recognized by the government of India. The candidates from these universities are capable to apply for the Commission’s examination. It is important to have completed the graduation from a recognized university, be it any field.

Do the evaluation standard different based on the language in which the IAS exam in written?

No, the evaluation standard is the same for the IAS examination irrespective of the language or medium. As per the rules set by UPSC, a paper can be written in English or any Indian regional language recognized by the board. In that case, the medium or language in which the exam has been written does not affect the evaluation standards. Candidates are allowed to choose different languages to make them feel comfortable and confident while answering the UPSC CSE examination. And, it is not mandatory to appear for the IAS examination in any specific language or medium.

Can a candidate know the ‘question-wise ‘marks for a paper?

In a competitive examination, the absolute performance of a candidate is not relevant. It is the relative performance that determines if the candidate is qualified or not. And if the candidate qualifies, the candidate position in the merit list. The process of evaluation is not complete after the initial assessment by the examiner. Moderation is applied on the total marks initially given and not on a per question basis. So, when the evaluation process is done, neither question-wise marks or raw-marks subsist. At the end of the assessment process, it is only the total marks of the candidate in the paper that matters. The total marks are made available to the candidate on the UPSC website.