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CIVIL SERVICES - MAIN EXAMINATION

The Main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and in-depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

The scope of the syllabus for the optional subject papers for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors degree and lower than the masters degree. In the case of Engineering and Law, the level corresponds to the bachelor's degree.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

  • Once the results of the Preliminary Examination are announced, only the candidates who qualify in the Preliminary Examination would be sent the detailed application form to apply for the Main Examination.
  • Main examination starts is likely to be held in November/December 2013.
  • Results - Selected candidates would be called for an interview / personality test.

MAIN EXAMINATION SUMMARY:

The written examination will consist of the following papers totalling to 1750 marks. An interview / personality test would be conducted for 275 marks. This adds up to a total of 2025 marks.

Paper-I

One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper)

300 Marks
Paper-II English (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
Paper-III Essay 250 Marks
Papers IV, V, VI & VII General Studies (250 Marks for each paper) 1000 Marks
Papers VIII & IX

Any one Optional subject (which contains 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (250 marks for each paper)

500 Marks
Total Marks for Written Examination 1750 Marks
INTERVIEW / PERSONALITY TEST 275 Marks
Grand Total 2025 Marks
  • Blind candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
  • The papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature; the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • The Paper-I on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.
  • Evaluation of the papers, namely, Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of all candidates would be done simultaneously along with the evaluation of their qualifying papers on 'Indian languages' and 'English' but the papers on 'Essay', 'General Studies' and 'Optional Subject' of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on 'Indian language' and 'English' and, therefore, the marks in 'Essay' 'General studies' and 'Optional subject' will not be disclosed to those candidates who fail to obtain such minimum qualifying standard in 'Indian language' and 'English'.
  • Candidates should however note that, if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases, their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorised medium.

Note:

  • The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
  • Each paper will be of three hours duration.
  • Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying language papers, (viz. Papers I and II of the Main Examination mentioned above), in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English.
  • Candidates exercising the option to answer papers III to IX in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them.
  • The question papers other thanthe literature of language papers will be set both in Hindi and English Only.

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Paper I - List of Indian Languages (Compulsory - Qualifying Paper)


  • The aim of the paper is to test the candidate's ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his/her ideas clearly and correctly in the Indian language concerned.
  • The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :-
    1. Comprehension of given passages.
    2. Precis Writing.
    3. Usage and Vocabulary.
    4. Short Essay.
    5. Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.
  • The Paper on Indian Languages will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in this papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • The candidates will have to answer the Indian Languages paper only in the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved).

Script for Paper I - Indian Languages


NOTE: For Santali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

Language

Script

Assamese

Assamese

Bengali

Bengali

Bodo

Devanagari

Dogri

Devanagari

Gujarati

Gujarati

Hindi

Devanagari

Kannada

Kannada

Kashmiri

Persian

Konkani

Devanagari

Maithili

Devanagari

Malayalam

Malayalam

Manipuri

Bengali

Marathi

Devanagari

Nepali

Devanagari

Oriya

Oriya

Punjabi

Gurumukhi

Sanskrit

Devanagari

Santali

Devanagari or Olchiki

Sindhi

Devanagari or Arabic

Tamil

Tamil

Telugu

Telugu

Urdu

Persian


Paper II - ENGLISH (Compulsory - Qualifying Paper)


  • The aim of the paper is to test the candidate's ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his/her ideas clearly and correctly in English.
  • The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :-
    1. Comprehension of given passages.
    2. Precis Writing.
    3. Usage and Vocabulary.
    4. Short Essay.
  • The Paper on English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in this paper will not be counted for ranking.
  • The candidates will have to answer this paper only in English.

Paper III - Essay


  • Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic.
  • The choice of subjects will be given.
  • They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay, to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely.
  • Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Paper IV, V, VI & VII - General Studies


  • 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.
  • The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper IV to Paper VII) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study.
  • The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services.
  • The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio- economic goals, objectives and demands.
  • The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

Paper IV - GENERAL STUDIES - I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  3. The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  5. History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
  6. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  7. Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  8. Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  9. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  10. Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  11. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  12. Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and inflora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Paper V - GENERAL STUDIES - II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

  1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
  5. Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  6. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  11. Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
  12. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  13. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  14. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  15. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance-applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  16. Role of civil services in a democracy.
  17. India and its neighborhood- relations.
  18. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  19. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
  20. Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

Paper VI - GENERAL STUDIES - III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

  1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  3. Government Budgeting.
  4. Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  5. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  6. Food processing and related industries in India-scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  7. Land reforms in India.
  8. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  10. Investment models.
  11. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  12. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  13. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  14. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  15. Disaster and disaster management.
  16. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  17. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  18. Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
  19. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  20. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Paper VII - GENERAL STUDIES - IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude.

  1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  2. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  3. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
  4. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  6. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  7. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

Paper VIII & IX - List of Optional Subjects


  • Total No. of Optional Subjects - 49
  • Total No. of Mainstream Subjects - 25
  • Total No. of Literature Subjects - 24
OPTIONAL MAINSTREAM SUBJECTS - Code & Description    (Total 25)  

AGRICULTURE

MANAGEMENT
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY & VETERINARY SCIENCE

MATHEMATICS

ANTHROPOLOGY

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

BOTANY

MEDICAL SCIENCE

CHEMISTRY

PHILOSOPHY

CIVIL ENGINEERING PHYSICS

COMMERCE & ACCOUNTANCY

POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
ECONOMICS PSYCHOLOGY

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
GEOGRAPHY

SOCIOLOGY

GEOLOGY

STATISTICS

HISTORY

ZOOLOGY

LAW

 

Any of the Literature Subjects mentioned below:

OPTIONAL LITERATURE SUBJECTS - Code & Description (Total 24)
ASSAMESE MANIPURI
BODO MARATHI
BENGALI NEPALI
DOGRI ORIYA
ENGLISH PUNJABI
GUJARATI SANSKRIT
HINDI SANTALI
KANNADA SINDHI (DEVANAGARI)
KASHMIRI SINDHI (ARABIC)
KONKANI TAMIL
MAITHILI TELUGU
MALAYALAM URDU
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