Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is there a qualification for eligibility for the examination?
Yes. You have to be a graduate from a recognised university. However, there is no eligibility criterion of the marks scored. For more details on eligibility click here
2. I cleared my graduation with a year of gap. Am I eligible?
3. Is this exam held only once in a year?
Yes. It is held just once every year.
4. What are the fees for the examination?
A general category male candidate has to pay a fees of Rs.100/-. All the other categories are exempt from the fees.
5. I am already working in a government job. Can I apply?
Yes. You might need to get an approval from your superiors in your department though.
6. What are the age limit and the number of attempts permitted to write UPSC Civil Services Exam?
the age limit and the number of attempts for different categories are as follows:
Upper age limit for General category: 32 years and 6 attempts
Upper age limit for OBC: 35 years and 9 attempts
Upper age limit for SC/ST: 37 Years and unlimited attempts
Upper age limit for blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons (general category): 42 years and 9 attempts
For more details on the eligibility click here
7. What are the books to read for each subject in Prelims and Mains?
For the booklist please read our article on Study Material for IAS: A Complete Guide
8. What is the structure of UPSC Civil Service Prelims Exam?
Prelims exam is objective in nature. There will be two papers – 200 marks each. Paper 1 is related to General Studies and Paper 2 is related to Mental Ability and Aptitude. For selection to the main exam, only marks of Paper 1 will be counted, provided the candidate has 33 percent marks in Paper 2.
9. What is the structure of UPSC Civil Service Mains Exam?
The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of the conventional essay type. Two papers (out of 9) will be of qualifying in nature. Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper–I to Paper-VII) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking. Read UPSC Civil Services Exam syllabus to know more.
10. Will there be minimum qualifying marks for UPSC Mains Compulsory Papers?
The Commission has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination. For 2015, the minimum mark is 25% for Indian language and English language. For GS1, GS2, GS3 and GS4 the minimum mark expected is 10%.
11. Will there be minimum qualifying marks for UPSC Interview?
The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).
12. I am just about to begin UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation. How should a fresher begin IAS exam preparation?
If you are just a fresher you should begin by reading a few articles written by us:
a. How to Start Your Preparation for UPSC
b. Study Plan for UPSC 2019
c. 10 Qualities To Become An IAS Officer
These articles will give you an overall picture of UPSC
13. What are the books to read for each subject in Prelims and Mains?
14. Which optional subject should I choose for UPSC Mains?
UPSC offers 50 subjects to choose from as your optional subject for mains. You can choose from 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, Indian History, Zoology, Law

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Akshay Palande is a passionate teacher helping hundreds of students in their UPSC preparation. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and double masters in Public Administration and Economics, he has experience of teaching UPSC aspirants for 5 years. His subject of expertise are Geography, Polity, Economics and Environment and Ecology.

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