The Civil Services Examination is based on the British era Imperial Civil Service tests, as well as the civil service tests conducted by old Indian empires such as the Mauryan Empire and Mughal Empire. It is one of the most difficult competitive examinations in India. A single attempt can take two complete years of preparation – one year before the prelims and one year from prelims to interview. On average, 900,000 to 1,000,000 candidates apply every year and the number of candidates sitting in the preliminary examination is approximately 550,000. Results for the Prelims are published in mid-August, while the final result is published in May of the next year.
Stage I: Preliminary Examination – Held in June every year. Results are announced in August.
Stage II: Mains
Examination – Held in October every year. Results are announced in January.
Personality Test (interview) – Held in March. Final results are usually announced in May.
The training program for the selected candidates usually commences the following September.
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Eligibility For UPSC CSE
Eligibility for the examination is as follows:
For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Police Service and the Indian Foreign Service the candidate must be a citizen of India.
For other services, the candidate must be one of the following:
A citizen of India.
A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan.
A Tibetan refugee who settled permanently in India before 1 January 1962.
A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Educational qualification For UPSC CSE
All candidates must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualifications:
A degree from a Central, State or a Deemed university
A degree received through correspondence or distance education
A degree from an open university
A qualification recognized by th