Civil Services Examination 2020

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Exam conducted by - Union Public Service Commission
Exam Notice No. 05/2020-CSP
Helpline No - 011-23381125/011- 23385271/011-23098543
Total Posts - 796

Important Dates

Date to Apply - 12/02/2020
Last Date for Apply Online - 03/03/2020 Upto 6 PM Only
Last Date for Fee payment - 03/03/2020
Exam Date - 31/05/2020
Admit Card – Three Week Before Exam

Last Date

For Online Submission - 3rd March, 2020 till 6:00 PM
Withdrawal of Applications - 12.03.2020 to 18.03.2020 till 6.00 PM


Application Fees for General / OBC - Rs 100/-
Application Fees for SC / ST / PH / Female – No Fees
Mode of Payment - Debit Card / Credit Card / Net Banking / E-Challan.


Age Limit As on - 01/08/2020
Minimum Age - 21 years
Maximum Age - 32 Years
He must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1988 and not later than 1st August, 1999.

Upper Age Limit Relaxation

SC and ST – 5 Years
OBC – 3 Years


Bachelor Degree in Any Stream in Any Recognized University in India
For Appearing Candidates - Qualified candidates will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination along with their application (i.e. Detailed Application Form-I) for the Main Examination, failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. Such proof of passing the requisite examination should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of Detailed Application Form-I of the Civil Services (Main) Examination.

Number of attempts

For General – 6
For SC / ST – No Limit
For OBC – 9
Note - 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.

Civil Services Prelims Exam

Objective Type

Paper I - General Studies

Total Marks - (200 marks)
Duration: Two hours
The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

Paper-II- Civil Services Aptitude Test

Total Marks - (200 marks)
Duration: Two hours

Qualifying paper with minimum 33% Marks

Note 1: Preliminary Examination is only a screening test, no marks sheets will be supplied to successful or unsuccessful candidates
Note 2: Marks of Preliminary Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit
Note 3: The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies
Note 4: There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. Negative Marking is one-third (0.33)

Civil Services Main Examination

Written and Interview

Conventional Essay Type - 9 Papers

Qualifying Papers

Total Marks - 300 Marks
(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution).

Total Marks - 300 Marks

Papers to be Counted for Merit

Paper I - Essay
Total Marks - 250 Marks

Paper II - General Studies I

Total Marks - 250 Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

Paper III - General Studies II

Total Marks - 250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

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

Paper-V General Studies IV
Total Marks - 250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Paper-VI Optional Subject - Paper 1
Total Marks - 250 Marks

Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper 2
Total Marks - 250 Marks

Sub Total (Written test) - 1750 Marks

Personality Test - 275 Marks

Grand Total - 2025 Marks

Note 1: Each paper will be of three hours duration

Note 2: Papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language’ and 25% in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.
Note 3: 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.
Note 4: The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study.
Note 5: The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice of the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).
Note 6: Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.
Note 7: 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.

List of optional subjects for Main Examination

1.    Agriculture
2.    Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
3.    Anthropology
4.    Botany
5.    Chemistry
6.    Civil Engineering
7.    Commerce and Accountancy
8.    Economics
9.    Electrical Engineering
16.Mechanical Engineering
17.Medical Science
20.Political Science and International Relations
22.Public Administration
26.Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.