(IAS PLANNER) Exam Process



Civil servants are the backbone of Indian administration. They plays prominent and central role in the development of the country, due to the such importance and nature of civil servants, Union public Service Commission that recruits civil servants takes utmost care in selecting the right candidate for the premier post. There are several measures are being used to measure their administrative potential. These measures are tested through the process of three tier exam i.e. Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Interview Test. Thus, aspiring candidates must complete a three-phase process to crack the civil services exam:

  • Phase I: Preliminary Examination – A qualifying test held in May every year
  • Phase II: Main Examination – Main test, held in October/November every year
  • Phase III: Interview Test – Held in April/May of the following year

Purpose of the exam The Preliminary Examination tests the numerical ability, awareness of current events, and the state of mind of the candidate to grapple with administrative issues. The Main Examination tests his/her grip on the language, general knowledge, and expertise on subjects which he/she takes as options. The candidates also have to write an essay. The personal interview is final stage of the exam it is considered as a deciding stage. The Interview is conducted by various boards constituted by the Union Public Service Commission composed of board chairmen, subject experts, psychologists, and reputed civil servants.