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UPSC exam selection procedure

UPSC exam selection procedure

Union Public Service Commission or the UPSC conducts the civil services examination every year. The procedure for the same is given in a fact sheet below. The examination consists of two stages, one is preliminary examination and the next is the main examination. The first one is objective types, and the next one is written and interview based. The preliminary exam would consist of two papers from the objective types that carry a maximum of 400 marks in each of the subjects. The exam is considered to be a screening test. Only candidates declared by the commission to have been qualified in the prelims would be eligible for the admission to the main examination. For the questions, there would be negative marking.

What would the exam comprise of?

The examination would comprise of two papers that are compulsory and for 200 marks each. Separately, there would be questions on English language comprehension skills. The final merit for the qualification of the students would be using the aggregate marks obtained in the papers 1 and 2 subtracting the marks got for the English language comprehension skills. The main examination would consist of a written examination as well as personal interview. The written exam would consist of 9 papers of essay type in the subjects given, and of which two would be qualifying in nature. Each of the paper would be for three hours of duration. Candidates would get an option to answer all the papers, except for Paper 1, that is English comprehension and English précis in English or Hindi. The entrants who get maximum marks in the written exam may be called for the interview or personality test based on the discretion of the commission. The number of candidates called for the interview would be twice more than the vacancies filled.

Leading to the final way

The marks got in the prelims would be qualifying for the admission to main exam, and will not be counted for determination of the final order of merit of the candidate. The total number of entrants to be admitted in the main exam would be about twelve to thirteen times the total number of vacancies to be filled in the year in various services and posts. The interview would be for 275 marks, and would be based on general interest. The interviewer would assess the personality of the entrant in public services. The marks obtained by the candidates in the mains would determine their final ranking.

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