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IFS Important Instructions

Important Instructions

The following combinations are not allowed:
a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
(b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
(c) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
(d) Mathematics and Statistics
(e) Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, not more than one subject is allowed. 

Other Instructions:

  • The duration of each of the paper will be three hours.

  • Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances, will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them.

  • Tables to be supplied by UPSC


If it is considered necessary for answering the questions set in any paper, the Commission may supply any of the following for reference purpose only:-

(i) Mathematical/Physical, Chemical and Engineering Tables (including Logarithmic Tables);
(ii) Steam Table (including Mollier Diagrams for Temperature up to 800 C and Pressure up to 500 Kgf/Cm);
(iii) National Building Code of India 1970 or 1983 Group 2 Part VI;
(iv) Any other special articles as may be necessary for the candidates to answer the questions set in the question paper.

After conclusion of the examination, return the above items to the Invigilator.
Answers to be written in own hand Write the answers in your own hand in ink. Pencil may be used for maps, mathematical drawings or rough work.

  • In the question papers, wherever required. SI units will be used.

  • Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc.) while answering question papers.

  • Candidates will be allowed the use of scientific (Non-Programmable type) calculators at the conventional type examination of UPSC. Programmable type calculators   will, however, not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to malpractice.

  • Check Answer Book

The candidate must write his/her roll number (and not his/her name) only in the space provided for the purpose on every answer book used by him/her. Before writing in the answer book, please see that it is complete. In case there are any missing pages, it should be got replaced.

Do not tear out any pages from the Answer Book. If you use more than one Answer Book, indicate on the cover of first Answer Book the total number of Answer Books used. Do not leave any blank, unused spaces between answers. If such spaces are left, score them out.

  • Answers in excess of prescribed number will be ignored

The candidate must attempt questions strictly in accordance with the directions given on each question paper. If questions are attempted in excess of the prescribed number shall be valued and the remaining answers will be ignored.

  • Questions relating to graph/precis should be attempted only on graph/precis sheets to be supplied on demand by the Invigilators. All loose sheets such as precis sheet, drawing papers, graph sheets etc. whether used or not, should be placed inside the answer books and fastened along with the additional answer book(s), if any. Candidates who fail to observe this instruction will be penalized. Do not write your roll number on these sheets.

  • Unfair means strictly prohibited

Do not copy from the papers of any other candidate nor allow your papers to be copied nor give nor attempt to give nor obtain nor attempt to obtain irregular assistance of any description. It will be responsibility to every candidate to ensure that his answers are not copied by another candidate. Failure to do so will invite penalty, as may be awarded by the Commission for adoption of unfair means.

  • Conduct in Examination Hall

Do not misbehave in any manner or create disorderly scene in the examination hall or harass or bodily harm the staff deployed for the conduct of examination. You will be severely penalized if you attempt to do so.

Please read carefully and abide by the instructions printed on the Question Paper and on the Answer Book supplied in the Examination Hall.

  1. All the question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.

  2. All questions must be answered in English only.

  3. The Commission has discretion to fix the qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of examination.

  4. Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.

  5. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression, combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.