UPSC has just released the Notification for Civil Services Preliminary Examination - 2016
F. No. 1/8/2015-E.I(B) : Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services
Examination for recruitment to the Services and Posts mentioned below will be
held by the Union Public Service Commission on 7th August, 2016 in accordance
with the Rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the
Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 27th April, 2016.
(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager,
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A".
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra &
Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra &
Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.
The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is
expected to be approximately 1079 which include 34 vacancies
reserved for P.H. Category, i.e. 14 vacancies for LDCP, 7 Vacancies for
B/LV and 13 Vacancies for H.I. The final number of vacancies may undergo change
after getting firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities.
Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled
Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of
vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.
(1) For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a
candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) For other services, a candidate must be either:—
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the
intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka,
East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania,
Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently
settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c),
(d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has
been issued by the Government of India.
Minimum Educational Qualifications :
The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities
incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other
educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be
deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act,
1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
Note I: Candidates who have appeared at an examination
the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the
Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the
candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be
eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are
declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main)
Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite
examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such
candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for
the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of October/November,
Note II: In exceptional cases the Union Public Service
Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications
as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted
by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the
Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.
Note III: Candidates possessing professional and technical
qualifications which are recognised by the Government as equivalent to
professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the
Note IV: Candidates who have passed the final
professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed
their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil
Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination
provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the
concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the
requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates
will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a
certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution
that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship)
for the award of the Degree.
(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have
attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2016 i.e., he must have
been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1984 and not later than 1st August, 1995.
Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/Regulations
pertaining to various services is being taken separately.
(b) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
(i) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste
or a Scheduled Tribe;
(ii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other
Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such
(iii) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled
in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980
to the 31st day of December, 1989;
(iv) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel,
disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a
disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;
(v) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including
Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years
Military Service as on 1st August, 2016 and have been released;
Paper I - (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
Current events of national and international importance.
History of India and Indian National Movement.
Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
Economic and Social Development -Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision-making and problemsolving
General mental ability
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
Note 1 : Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%
Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.
Number of attempts:
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.
Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH Candidates who are
exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One
Hundred only) either by remitting the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash, or by
using net banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner &
Jaipur/Sate Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala /State
Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card. Applicants who opt
for "Pay by Cash" mode should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during part
II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next
working day only. "Pay by Cash” mode will be deactivated at 23.59 hours of
26.05.2016 i.e. one day before the closing date; however applicants who have
generated their Pay-in- Slip before it is deactivated may pay at the counter of
SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date. Such applicants who are
unable to pay by cash on the closing date i.e during banking hours at SBI
Branch, for reasons whatsoever, even if holding valid pay-in-slip will have no
other offline option but to opt for available online Debit/Credit Card or
Internet Banking payment mode on the closing date i.e. till 23.59 hours of
CENTRES OF Civil Services (Preliminary) EXAMINATION:
The Examination will be held at the following Centres:
CENTRES OF Civil Services (Mains) EXAMINATION:-
The centres and the date of holding the examination as
mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission.
Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates
allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur.
Allotment of Centres will be on the "first-apply-first allot" basis, and once
the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen.
Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be
required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones. Applicants are, thus,
advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their
choice. NB: Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision, the Commission reserves the
right to change the Centres at their discretion if the situation demands. All
the Examination Centres for CS (P) 2016 Examination will cater to examination
for Low Vision Candidates in their respective centres. Candidates admitted to
the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of
examination. The candidates should note that no request for change of centre
will be entertained.
Plan of Examination:
The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages (vide
Appendix I Section-I)
(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the
selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and
(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection
of candidates for the various Services and posts noted above.
Applications are now invited for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination
Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission
to the Civil Services (Main) Examination will have to apply online again, in the
Detailed Application Form which would be made available to them. The Main
Examination is likely to be held in December, 2016.
HOW TO APPLY:
Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in
Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the
above mentioned website. Brief Instructions for filling up the "Online
Application Form" given in Appendix-II.
LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 27/05/2016) of CIVIL SERVICES
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