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Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2022

Updated On : 28 Mar, 2022

CIVIL SERVICES OVERVIEW

Civil Services Examination is a very reputed examination which is conducted by the UPSC(Union Public Service Commission). It is the toughest competitive examination in India for the recruitment of higher level Civil Servants. This examination is conducted for recruiting the candidates for various posts like Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, and Indian Police Service.

As per the latest information, the notification has been released on February 2, 2022. Some important dates regarding the examination of this year, 2022 is given below:

Event 

Dates 

Date of notification

2nd February, 2022

Last date to apply

22nd February, 2022

Prelim

5th June, 2022

Mains 

16th September, 2022

CIVIL SERVICES APPLICATION

Vacancy for Civil Services Examination 2022 will be mentioned in the notification issued by UPSC. There will be 861 vacancies this year, 2022.

For the year 2021, the number of vacancies under this examination was 712.

ATTEMPTS

A candidate can attempt this examination for a maximum 6 times but according to the government rules category wise no of attempts are given below:

GEN- 6 Times

PwBD- 9 Times  

SC/ST- Unlimited (till 37 years)

OBC- 9 Times

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Click on the website i.e.   Click Here

  2. Now,  click on the online recruitment

  3. Now,  apply for the new registration

  4. Now, read the information carefully and click to proceed further.

  5. Tap  on the new registration.

  6. Now, login with your registration ID and Password.

  7. Now, carefully fill all the required details such as your name, contact details, parental details, etc.

  8. Now, upload your required documents in needed format and size.

  9. Pay your application fee through net banking.

Note: An application fee for the unreserved category and OBC is Rs100/- and exempted for the SC/ST/PWD and females.
Application Fee

Application fee as per the category is given below:

Category

Fee

GEN/OBC/EWS

INR 100/-

SC/ST/PH

Exempted

Female of all category

Nil

ADMIT CARD OR HALL TICKET

Before 10 or 15 days of the examination your admit card will be uploaded on the official website of the commission. You can download your Admit Card by following these steps:

  1. Go to the official website i,e.  Click Here

  2. Now, click the exam admit card.

  3. Now, enter your registration details such as your registration ID and Password.

  4. Your admit card appears on the screen.

  5. Now download your admit card and take the printout for the further process.

(Note: Admit card or hall ticket is the most important document for your examination in which all required details such as your name, date of birth, photo, registration details, name of your center, date of your examination and reporting time of your examination is also written). Without your admit card you will not be allowed to enter the examination hall

CIVIL SERVICES ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

IAS / IPS- Candidates must be a graduate and those who are in their final year of graduation can also apply for the same.

IFS- Candidates must be a graduate  with Animal Husbandry / Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, Biology,  Geology, Mathematics, Zoology, Agriculture or Equivalent..

AGE

Candidates must be between the age 21 years to 32 years.

Category wise age limit is given ahead according to the guidelines:

Category 

Minimum age limit

Maximum age limit

GENERAL

 21 YEARS

32 YEARS

EWS

21 YEARS

32 YEARS

SC/ST

21 YEAR

37 YEARS

 OBC

21 YEARS

35 YEARS

NATIONALITY

The candidate must be an Indian citizen (in case the candidate migrated here to be the permanent citizen of India can also apply for the same) to become eligible for applying in civil services examination.

CIVIL SERVICES EXAM PATTERN

Exams of the UPSC will be conducted in 3 stages or phases and will consist  of prelims, mains and the interview stage. 

Stage I: Preliminary Examination

The preliminary stage of Civil Services Examination consists of 2 compulsory papers which are General Ability Test and Civil Service Aptitude. It is an objective type paper. Each wrong answer will lead to the deduction of ⅓ marks .

SUBJECT

No of Question

marks

Duration

General Studies

100

200

2 hrs((20 min extra for blind students)

Civil Services Aptitude Test

80

200

Stage II: Mains

The Mains examination contains 9 papers which are subjective / conventional in nature. 

PAPER

SUBJECT

MARKS

Duration

A

Language

300

3 hour

B

English

300

3 hour

1

Essay Writing

250

3 hour

2

General Studies 1

250

3 hour

3

General Studies 2

250

3 hour

4

General Studies 3

250

3 hour

5

General Studies 4

250

3 hour

6

Optional Subject 1

250

3 hour

7

Optional Subject 2

250

3 hour

Stage III: INTERVIEW

In this round the intelligence and personality of the aspirants will be measured and analysed by the commission. This round will be of 275 marks.

CIVIL SERVICES SYLLABUS

UPSC Preliminary Examination Syllabus

  • 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 specialization.

  • General Science.

Paper II - 

  • Comprehension; Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills.

  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability.

  • Decision Making and Problem Solving.

  • General Mental Ability.

  • Basic Numeracy (Numbers and their Relations, Orders of Magnitude, etc.

  • Data Interpretation 

  • 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.

Syllabus for the Mains Examination:

General Studies-I

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

  • Indian Culture -  Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

  • Modern Indian History from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

  • The freedom Struggle- its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

  • Post-independence Consolidation and Reorganization within the country.

  • History of the World will include events from 18th century such as Industrial Revolution, world wars, Redrawal of National Boundaries, Colonization, Decolonization,  Capitalism, Socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.Role of Women and Women’s Organization, Population and Associated Issues, Poverty and Developmental issues, Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

  • Effects of Globalization on Indian society.

  • Social Empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism & Secularism.

  • World’s Physical Geography.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).

  • Important Geophysical Phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclones etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

General Studies-II

[Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations]

  • Indian Constitution 

  • 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.

  • Separation of Powers between various organs Dispute Redressal Mechanisms and Institutions.

  • Comparison of the Indian Constitutional Scheme with that of Other Countries.

  • Parliament and Legislatures- Structure, Functioning, Conduct of Business, Powers & Privileges and Issues Arising out of these.

  • 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.

  • Salient Features of the Representation of People’s Act.

  • Appointment to various Constitutional Posts, Powers, Functions and Responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

  • Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.

  • Development Processes and the Development Industry: the Role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations,  charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

  • 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.

  • Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

  • Issues relating to Poverty and Hunger.

  • Important Aspects of Governance, Transparency and Accountability, E-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; Citizens Charters, Transparency & Accountability and institutional and other measures.

  • Role of Civil Services in a Democracy.

  • India and its Neighborhood- Relations.

  • Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements involving India and or affecting India’s interests.

  • Effect of Policies and Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.

General Studies-III

[Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management]

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to Planning, Mobilization of Resources, Growth, Development and Employment.

  • Inclusive Growth and issues arising from it.

  • Government Budget.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Food Processing and Related Industries in India- Scope’ and Significance, Location, Upstream and Downstream Requirements, Supply Chain Management.

  • Land Reforms in India.

  • Effects of Liberalization on the Economy, Changes in Industrial Policy and their Effects on Industrial Growth.

  • Infrastructure -  Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

  • Science and Technology:  Developments and their Applications and Effects in Everyday Life.

  • Achievements of Indians in Science & Technology; Indigenization of Technology and Developing New Technology.

  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nano-technology, Bio-technology and issues relating to Intellectual Property Rights.

  • Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment.

  • Disaster and Disaster Management.

  • Linkages between Development and Spread of Extremism.

  • Role of External State and Non-state Actors in creating challenges to Internal Security.

  • Challenges to Internal Security through Communication Networks, Role of Media and Social Networking Sites in Internal Security Challenges, Basics of Cyber Security.

  • Security Challenges and their Management in Border Areas - Linkages of Organized Crime with Terrorism.

  • Various Security Forces and Agencies.

General Studies-IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

  • This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:

  • 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.

  • Attitude: Content, Structure, Function; its Influence and Relation with Thought and Behaviour; Moral and Political Attitudes; Social Influence and Persuasion.

  • 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.

  • Emotional Intelligence: Concepts, and their Utilities and Application in Administration and Governance.

  • Contributions of Moral Thinkers and Philosophers from India and World.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Case Studies on above issues.

CIVIL SERVICES SELECTION

Exams of the UPSC will be conducted in 3 stages or phases and will consist  of prelims, mains and the interview stage. 

Stage I: Preliminary Examination

The preliminary stage of Civil Services Examination consists of 2 compulsory papers which are General Ability Test and Civil Service Aptitude. It is an objective type paper. Each wrong answer will lead to the deduction of ⅓ marks .

Stage II: Mains

The Mains examination contains 9 papers which are subjective / conventional in nature. 

Stage III: INTERVIEW

In this round the intelligence and personality of the aspirants will be measured and analysed by the commission. This round will be of 275 marks.

CIVIL SERVICES SALARY

POST

PAY SCALE

SALARY

Sub-divisional magistrate in District Administration

10

56,100

Undersecretary in State Secretariat

10

56,100

Assistant Secretary in Central Secretariat

10

56,100

Additional district magistrate in District Administration

11

67,700

Deputy Secretary in State Secretariat

11

67,700


Under-Secretary in Central Secretariat

11

67,700

District magistrate in District Administration

12

78,800

Joint Secretary in State Secretariat

12

78,800

Deputy Secretary in Central Secretariat

12

78,800

District Magistrate in District Administration

13

1,18,500

Special secretary-cum-director in State Secretariat

13

1,18,500

Director in Central Secretariat

13

1,18,500

Divisional commissioner in District Administration

14

1,44,200

Secretary-cum-commissioner in State Secretariat

14

1,44,200

Joint Secretary in Central Secretariat

14

1,44,200

Divisional commissioner in District Administration

15

1,82,200

Principal Secretary in State Secretariat

15

1,82,200

Additional Secretary in State Secretariat

15

1,82,200

Chief Secretary in State Secretariat

17

2,25,000

Secretary in Central Secretariat 

17

2,25,000

Cabinet Secretary of India

18

2,50,000

EXPECTED CUT OFF DETAILS 

Here is the expected cut off list of 2021 according to the category:

CATEGORY

EXPECTED CUT OFF

GENERAL

95-105

EWS

85-95

OBC

93-103

SC

79-89

ST

78-88

PWBD-1

66-76

PWBD-2

48-58

PWBD-3

35-45

PWBD-4

48-58

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1. Click on the official website i,e. Click Here

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