(Cut-Off Marks) UPSC IAS Civil Services Exam - 2014


(Cut-Off Marks) UPSC IAS Civil Services Exam - 2014

The minimum qualifying standards/marks in various categories at various stage are as under:









Maximum Marks

CS (Preim)* 205 204 182 174 167 113 115 385
CS (Main)* 678 631 631 619 609 575 449 1750
CS (Final) 889 844 830 811 816 778 713 2025

Meet Zainab Sayeed: Highest Scorer in UPSC Interviews

Meet Zainab Sayeed: Highest Scorer in UPSC Interviews

Zainab Sayeed from Kolkata once again proved that determination and hard work can work wonders and can help you reach the zenith of glory. Hailing from Chitpur in North Kolkata, she has topped the UPSC civil services examination interview round, by scoring the highest marks.

Zainab scored 220 out of total 275 marks (80 per cent)in the interview and secured a rank of 107 in the examination.

In the year 2012 and 2013 also she appeared for the civil services examination, but was unable to clear the preliminary round. Not deterred by failure, she re-appeared for the exam this time and sparkled with success. She not only cleared the prelims and the mains, but also topped the interview round, which is the last of the three rounds.

UPSC 2014 Toppers Marks

UPSC 2014 Toppers Marks

(News) An expert committee on scheme of Civil Services examination

An expert committee on scheme of Civil Services examination

An expert committee will examine various issues related to age relaxation, eligibility, syllabus and pattern of civil services examination to select IAS and IPS officers, the government said today.

“The Central government has received various representations on issues concerning the scheme of civil services examination (CSE) including for relaxation in maximum age limit and setting of question papers in the regional languages in the civil services (preliminary) examination,” Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

(Download) UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam Paper 2015 "General Studies, Essay and Comprehension"

(Download) UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam Paper 2015 "General Studies, Essay and Comprehension"

Exam Name: CAPF (AC)

Year: 2015

Subject: General studies, Essay and Comprehension

(Download) UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam Paper 2015 "General Ability and Intelligence"

(Download) UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam Paper 2015 "General Ability and Intelligence"

Exam Name: CAPF (AC)

Year: 2015

Subject: General Ability and Intelligence

(Final Result) UPSC SCRA Examination - 2015

(Final Result) UPSC Special Class Railway Apprentices' Examination - 2015

1. Based on the results of the written examination of Special Class Railway Apprentices` Examination, 2015 held by Union Public Service Commission on 18th January, 2015 followed by Personality Test from 13th July, 2015 to 17th July, 2015, the following is the list, in order of merit, of candidates who have been recommended for appointment as Special Class Apprentices in the Mechanical Department of Indian Railways.

2. A total number of 54 candidates have been recommended for appointment as per the following break-up:

21 17 (incl. 01 PH1) 10 06 54

3. The number of vacancies reported by the Government to be filled are as under:-

21 17 10 06 54*

(Success Story) Renu Raj, IAS Topper 2014 (AIR-2)

(Success Story) Renu Raj, IAS Topper 2014 (AIR-2)

Doctor Renu Raj, who bagged the second rank in the civil services test on Saturday, said she had never expected to perform so well in the prestigious examination.

Raj, the 27-year-old daughter of a retired employee of the Kerala state transport corporation, said perseverance helped her crack the examination in her first attempt.

The native of Changanassery in Kottayam district currently works in an ESI hospital at Kalluvathukkal in south Kerala’s Kollam district.

"Though I performed well in the examination and interview, I never expected such a position. It was really unexpected. I will use this great opportunity to serve the people well,” an elated Raj told Hindustan Times.

"I want to tell aspiring candidates that perseverance has its reward," she added.

Raj said her first preference will be the Indian Administrative Service. “In the IAS, you can interact with people very well and serve the needy. Society has given me so much it is time for me to give back,” she said.

She dedicated her success to her parents and husband, saying it was her childhood dream to become a civil servant.

Meet Karnataka Topper in UPSC civil services exam 2014

Meet Karnataka Topper in UPSC civil services exam 2014

Nitish of Udupi bags 8th rank, Koratagere lad stands 36th

The State has reaped a rich harvest in the UPSC Civil Services Exam, 2014. More than 60 candidates from the State have cracked the civil services with Udupi lad Nitish K topping the list with 8th all India ranking.

Nitish K, an engineering graduate from PES Institute of Engineering, Bengaluru, managed to feature in top 10 AIR list in his third attempt.

Son of K Ramakrishna Hebbar, an employee of Karnataka Bank and Bharati, a homemaker, Nitish hails from Kukkehalli in Perdur of Udupi district.

Speaking to Deccan Herald from Shimla, where he is undergoing training for Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Nitish said he is on cloud nine for achieving a good ranking and thanked his parents, uncle, a DySP with Karnataka police and his friend Vinay for their unflinching support.

In his first attempt in 2012, Nitish cleared the Prelims, Mains but missed the ranking by ten marks in the interview. However, he was able to clear all three rounds in his second attempt and gained 547th ranking in 2013. He joined Indian Audit and Accounts Service. Nitish said that he had planned his studies meticulously and studied for 10 to 12 hours a day. His optional subject was Maths.

Koratagere lad excels

Cracking the UPSC exams is entirely dependent on one’s will to do it rather than which city one prepares in and which coaching centre one attends to. This is the belief with which Balaji D K studied for the civil services examination. An alumnus of Bangalore University, Balaji has secured AIR 36 in the UPSC exam 2014. The 25-year-old is a native of Koratagere in Tumakuru district.

(News) Civil Services as career choice has lowest success rates

Civil Services as career choice has lowest success rates

It took Ira Singhal, this year’s Indian Administrative Services (IAS) exam topper, four years to get to that position. Singhal’s was a special case—she had earlier cracked the exam but was refused a posting because of her disability. But nearly seven out of every 10 candidates require at least three attempts before succeeding in the civil services entrance.

Abysmal success rates, years of preparation and multiple attempts by candidates past their mid-twenties studying subjects other than what they have been trained in, and the ability to get into some of the country’s best educational institutions are some of the key attributes of the IAS entrance process. Here’s what data put out by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) for the decade up to 2012 (the latest available numbers) tells us.

The civil services exam has among the lowest success rates among competitive examinations. More than 40.59 lakh people applied during 2002-2012. Only 20.11 lakh appeared for the preliminary exam. Those who qualify the preliminary stage have to go through two more stages: main examination and interview. The entire process lasts 9-10 months. The overall success rate has always been less than five people per 1,000 applicants.

However, if there is one example of the Indian youth not giving up, it is the civil services exam. Only one in every 10 candidate succeeds in the first attempt.

The civil services has always been viewed as a dangerous career choice because it might be too late to pursue other avenues if one does not succeed. However, this does not deter aspirants to continue their dogged pursuits, often well past their mid-twenties.

(Success Story) Balaguru IAS Topper 2014 (AIR-256)

(Success Story) Balaguru IAS Topper 2014 (AIR-256)

It’s celebration time for Balaguru, who despite abject poverty has cracked the prestigious civil service examinations. “My childhood dream was to become a Collector. But I knew it was at a distant reach because of poverty,” said the 27-year-old, who has laboured in various jobs, including that of a security guard, before clearing the UPSC exam in his fourth attempt.

Son of Kumarasamy and Elammal, agricultural labourers at Therapadi village in Aravakurichi, Balaguru studied up to Class XII at the Aravakurichi government high school. His sister Janaki, told Express over phone that Balaguru ended up as a daily wager to sustain the family. The IAS aspirant worked in a financial enterprise in Thiruthuraipoondi from 2004-08. As a responsible brother, Balaguru, with his meagre earning of Rs 4000 a month, had arranged Janaki’s marriage in 2009.

Meet UPSC Toppers from J&K: Baseer-Ul-Haq (AIR-46), Afaq Giri (AIR-457), Yasin (AIR-459) and Deeba Farhat (AIR-553)

Meet UPSC Toppers from Jammu and Kashmir

Four candidates from the Valley have cracked the prestigious civil services exams, the results of which were declared by the Union Public Service Commission, on Saturday. While Baseer-Ul-Haq tops the chart with 46th rank, Afaq Giri gets 457th, Yasin 459th and Deeba Farhat 553th rank.

A girl from South Kashmir's Bijbehara town, Farhat comes from a middle class family. She is serving as a Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) officer posted in the rural development department in South Kashmir. She had cleared KAS in 2011.

(News) Five candidates from Rajasthan clear the UPSC exam 2014

Five candidates from Rajasthan clear the UPSC exam 2014

It was a proud moment for Jaipur, as Saint Xavier's School alumna Kuhuk Bhushan secured an All India Rank (AIR) of 91 in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, the results for which were announced on Saturday.

Four other candidates from the state -- Ayushi Sharma, Pooja Kumari Parth, Rajendra Pensiya and Maneesh Kalwaniya --have also secured commendable ranks in the prestigious civil services examination.

Bhushan, who is currently completing her Indian Revenue Service (IRS) training in Nagpur, has done her undergraduation from Amherst, Yale after completing her higher secondary education from Jaipur.

“I have always wanted to work in the development services and this is why I appeared for civil services examination,” Bhushan told HT.

Jaipur-resident Ayushi Sharma, who secured AIR 155, had completed her engineering from Ganga University in 2013, but had always aspired to become a civil servant. “I have been preparing for the civil service examinations for the past one year...As a child, I always wanted to become a civil servant. Since my bother-in-law Abhishek Sharma is an IAS officer, his guidance proved to be very important for me,” she said.

Meet UPSC Toppers: Saikanth V, Ira Singhal, Saketa M, P Satish Reddy, C Vanmathi

Meet UPSC Toppers: Saikanth V, Ira Singhal, Saketa M, P Satish Reddy, C Vanmathi

Ira Singhal, Rank: 1
Union Public Service Commission exam topper Ira Singhal is just 4.5 feet and is differently-abled. But, there has never been a limit to her determination and tenacity. Singhal suffers from a disability with her spinal cord that doesn’t allow her to twist her arms. In her first attempt in 2010, the 31 year-old secured 813th rank and had failed to get a posting. She fought and won her case against the establishment in the CAT and was finally given a posting in December 2014.

In her fifth attempt, she topped the exam in general category despite being physically challenged.

Presently, she is a serving officer in Indian Revenue Service and is posted as Assistant Commissioner (Customs) in the city for the last six months. “I wanted to be an IAS officer. I want to do something for the benefit of physically-handicapped people,” she said.

Surprised over the result, “I want people to understand all are equal. I want to ensure people don’t face problems that I have faced in life. I want to ensure a free and fair system for the disabled,” she told Express.

Born as the only child to Anita and Rajendra Singhal, Ira is a native of Meerut. After completing her 12th from Army Public School, Dhaula Kaun, Ira did her BE and completed her MBA from DU. She has also worked as Customer Development Manager in Cadbury in 2008-2010.

Saikanth V, Rank:18

Cracking UPSC was not so difficult for this 26-year-old software engineer. CM Saikanth Varma, an alumnus of IIT-Madras, is an ex-employee of Google and Amazon, and secured 18th rank in his very first attempt. “Sometimes I would study for eight hours a day, sometimes it was two to four hours. Some days, I didn’t study at all,” he said. Saikanth quit his job in Google and joined a coaching centre in the city to prepare for the prelims.

But he said, he never kept himself locked in his study room while preparing. “I am a big movie buff. I didn’t stop watching movies even after I started my preparation. In fact I watched more movies during this period whenever I felt tired of studying,” he said with a laugh.

Explaining his initial plan of preparation, Varma said, he chose maths as his optional subject, for which he joined a coaching institute in Hyderabad. Being a mathematics student, it helped him to do better in optional subject. However, he believes that no subject is easy or difficult.



(News) Anna varsity alumna ​Charusree Thiagarajan (AIR-6)​ ​​is IAS topper ​2014 ​in Tamil Nadu

(News) Anna varsity alumna ​Charusree Thiagarajan (AIR-6)​ ​​is IAS topper ​2014 ​in Tamil Nadu

A few weeks ago at the personality test in New Delhi, Charusree Thiagarajan (24) had to make a choice between environment conservation and infrastructure development. Refusing to make a choice, she took a stand, sensibly striking a right balance between conservation and development. It worked.

On Saturday, Ms.Charusree emerged the topper among thousands of IAS aspirants who prepared for the civil services exam from Chennai, securing the sixth rank at the all-India level. After innovating on wireless technology at Qualcomm, she took a decision to join the Indian Forest Service. Now, her career is set to take yet another turn, towards the Indian Administrative Service as the Union Public Service Commission on Saturday recommended a list of 1,236 successful candidates for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and Central Services.

With a score at the personality test crucial for a good ranking in the highly competitive examination, sensible answers by such candidates have offered them the opportunity to join the IAS. Having secured the highest rank among candidates from the State, Ms.Charusree is expected to join the Tamil Nadu cadre of IAS after completion of training.

(News) Crunch of IPS officers


Crunch of IPS officers

To mitigate the shortage of IPS officers, the Government has introduced ‘Limited Competitive Examination’ as the third mode of recruitment to the IPS. Officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendents of Police of State Police Services, Assistant Commandants of Central Paramilitary Forces and Captains and Majors of Defence Forces fulfilling certain eligibility criteria are eligible for appearing in the said examination. By this mode of recruitment, 80 candidates are to be recruited annually.

A large number of Court Cases have been received in this Ministry, UPSC, DoP&T and MoD challenging various aspects of the scheme of this mode of recruitment and at present the matter is sub-judice. However, to mitigate the shortage of IPS officers, the batch-size of IPS (direct recruit) has been increased from 88 to 103 from CSE 2005, to 130 from CSE 2008 and to 150 from CSE 2009. Besides the above, the process of appointment to the Indian Police Service by promotion from State Police Service has been accelerated.

(Info) CDS (II) 2015 Exam Notification has been postponed by UPSC

(Info) CDS (II) 2015 Exam Notification has been postponed by UPSC

”The Notification of Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2015 which was scheduled to be notified on 18th July, 2015 has been postponed and the Notification will be issued shortly.”

(Success Story) C Vanmathi cabbie's daughter and S Rajesh Kannan farmer's son, among UPSC toppers

(Success Story) C Vanmathi cabbie's daughter and S Rajesh Kannan farmer's son, among UPSC toppers the 1,236 names on the UPSC final list this year is a paralysed cab driver's daughter and a farmer's son from Tamil Nadu.

C Vanmathi was at her father's hospital bedside in Coimbatore when news of her success arrived on Saturday. Her father, T N Chenniyappan, sustained a spinal injury two days after Vanmathi had finished the interview round. But he was beaming when he heard that his daughter secured the 152nd rank in the UPSC exam.

S Rajesh Kannan, was ranked much lower, at 767, but was equally happy. Rajesh said his father S Samayanan, a farmer, was his main source of encouragement and would keep him updated on current affairs.

"I am not well educated and my wife did not go to school. We worked to fulfil my daughter's wishes," said Chenniyappan who was injured in a fall 20 days ago. "I am very happy. Now I'm confident that I will get well soon." Vanmathi, who is from a family of cattle-rearers in Sathyamangalam, Erode, remembers how she used to sit on the back of a buffalo, imagining herself to be a collector. When she completed her Class 12, relatives suggested that her parents marry her off.

(Download) UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam Paper -2, 2015

(Download) UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam Paper -2, 2015

Exam Name: Combined Medical Services Exam

Year: 2015

Paper: Paper - II

(Download) UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam Paper -1, 2015

(Download) UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam Paper -1, 2015

Exam Name: Combined Medical Services Exam

Year: 2015

Paper: Paper - I

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