Civil Services Preliminary Exam (CSAT) 2011 on June 12
Civil Services Preliminary Exam
Union Public Service Commission has notified the Civil Services Examination, 2011. The Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination 2011, will be held on 12th June, 2011 (Sunday) at various centres throughout the country. Applications are now invited for the Preliminary Examination only. Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Main Examination will have to apply again, in the Detailed Application Form which would be supplied to them.
Exam Centres : Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Aligarh, Allahabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Puducherry, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam.
Plan of Examination: The Civil Services Examination will he held in two successive stages.
The first stage, the Civil Services Preliminary Examination which will be of the Objective type, will be for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination.
The second stage, the Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview) will be for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.
Preliminary: Preliminary Examination will have two compulsory papers of 200 marks each with each paper being of two hours duration. Blind candidates will be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper. Both the question papers will have objective type, multiple choice questions. The question papers will be set in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
Syllabi for the Preliminary are given as Part A of Section III of the Notification available at http://www.upsconline.nic.in. Applications are now invited for the Preliminary Examination only. Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Main Examination will have to apply again, in the Detailed Application Form which would be supplied to them. The Main Examination is likely to be held in October/November, 2011.
(i) Nationality: For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, applicant must be a citizen of India. For other services, a candidate must be either a citizen of India, or a subject of Nepal, or a subject of Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. For details see the Notification.
(ii) Age: Applicant must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2011 (Applicant must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1981 and not later than 1st August, 1990). The upper age limit will be relaxable for SC/ST and also Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates and certain other categories. Details are given in the Notification available at http://www.upsconline.nic.in.
(iii) Educational Qualifications: Applicant must hold a Degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be Deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification. Those who have appeared at the qualifying examination and those who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination subject to production of proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination if they are declared qualified for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination, failing which they will not be admitted to the Main Examination.
The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August, 2011. Those possessing Professional and Technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to Professional and Technical Degree can apply. Those who have passed the Final Professional M.B.B.S or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.
(iv) Number of attempts: The maximum number of attempts to different categories of applicants who are otherwise eligible are as follows. (i) General category- 4 (ii) PH Applicants of the General Category- 7 (iii) Other backward Classes (available to the candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates) – 7 (iv) SC/ST- No limit. An attempt at a Preliminary Examination will be considered to be an attempt at the Examination. If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be considered to have made an attempt at the Examination. Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
(v) Restrictions: A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination. In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Examination, 2011 is over and he/she continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011 notwithstanding his/her having qualified in the Preliminary Examination, 2011. Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011 but before the result thereof and continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be considered for appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result of Civil Services Examination, 2011.
(vi) Physical Standards: Applicants must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination, 2011 as per guidelines given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 19th February, 2011.
Application: Applications can be submitted online at http://www.upsconline.nic.in till 11.59 pm on 21st March, 2011. Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available at the website.
Applications can also be submitted Offline in the Common Application Form devised by the Commission for its examinations, which can be purchased from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices (specified in Appendix III of the Notice) throughout the country for Rs. 30/-, which can be paid in cash.
Fee: Those applying Online (except Female/SC/ST/PH applicants who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a reduced fee of Rs. 50/- either by remitting the money in any Branch of SBI, by cash, using the Pay-in-Slip generated at the time of submitting online Application. Fee can be paid online using the Internet banking facility of the State Bank of India if the applicant is a SBI Customer and having its Internet banking facility. Fee can also be paid online using any Visa/Master Debit or Credit card issued by any Bank/Institution.
Those applying Offline (through Common Application Form) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- through a single Central Recruitment Stamp which may be obtained from the Post Office and affixed on the application form in the space provided therein. The stamp must be got cancelled from the issuing Post Office with the date stamp of the Post Office in such a manner that the impression of the cancellation mark partially overflows on the application form itself but within the space provided on the Application form itself. The impression of the cancellation mark should be clear and distinct to facilitate the identification of date and the Post Office of issue.
Those residing abroad should deposit the prescribed fee in the office of India’s High Commissioner, Ambassador or representative abroad as the case may be for credit to account head “051-Public Service Commission-Examination Fees” and attach the receipt with the application.
All female candidates and candidates belonging Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/ Physically Handicapped categories are exempted from payment of fee. No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay the prescribed fee in full.
If any candidate who took the Civil Services Examination held in 2010 wishes to apply for admission to this examination, he/she must submit his/her application so as to reach the Commission’s Office by the prescribed date without waiting for the results or an offer of appointment. Candidates admitted to the Main Examination will be required to pay a further fee of Rs. 200/-.
Last Date: Offline applications must reach the ‘Controller of Examinations, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069’, either by hand or by Post/Speed Post or by Courier, on or before the 21st March,2011.
Applications from those residing in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Lahaul and Spiti District and Pangi Sub-Division of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands or Lakshadweep or abroad, will be accepted till 5 pm on 28th March, 2011, only if received by Post/Speed Post. In the case of applications received by hand or through courier service, benefit of extended time will not be available regardless of the place of residence of the applicant.
Main Examination: The Main written Examination will have a total of 9 papers. The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. Each paper will be of three hours duration. Blind candidates will be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
Paper I (300 marks) will be one of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. Paper II (300 marks) will be English. Paper III will be Essay carrying 200 marks. Papers IV and V, each carrying 300 marks will be papers on General Studies. Papers VI VII, VIII and IX, each carrying 300 marks, will be based on the two subjects (two papers based on each subject) to be selected from the list of the optional subjects that include Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce and Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology.
Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subjects:
(a) Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration;
(b) Commerce & Accountancy and Management;
(c) Anthropology and Sociology;
(d) Mathematics and Statistics;
(e) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
(f) Management and Public Administration;
(g) Of the Engineering subjects, not more than one among Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
(h) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science.
The Papers on Indian Languages and English will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking. Evaluation of the papers, ‘Essay, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subjects would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian languages’ and English’. However, the marks in ‘Essay’, General Studies’ and ‘Optional Subject’ papers of those who attain the minimum standard fixed by the Commission for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian language’ and ‘English’ will be considered for finalising those applicants to be called for the Interview. The marks in ‘Essay’ ‘General studies and Optional subjects’ will not be disclosed to those candidates who fail to obtain such minimum qualifying standard in ‘Indian language and ‘English’.
Syllabus: Details of the syllabi for the Main Examination are indicated in Part B of Section III of the Notification available at http://www.upsconline.nic.in.
Interview/Personality Test: Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by UPSC, will be called for an interview/for a Personality Test. The number of candidates to be called for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 300 marks, with no minimum qualifying marks.
The interview is aimed to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service, by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of the applicant’s career. The interview is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate and will be an assessment of the intellectual qualities of the candidate and also his/her social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
The final ranking would be based on the marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview).
Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.
Services: The Civil Services Examination, 2011 is for recruitment to the Services and Posts mentioned below.
(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”.
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.
The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is expected to be approximately 880. The number of vacancies may get increased. Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.