Eligibility Conditions :
(1) For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) For other services, a candidate must be either :
(a) A citizen of India, or (b) a subject of Nepal, or (c) a subject
of Bhutan, or (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling
in India. or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, 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. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour
a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Provided further that candidates belonging to categories
(b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
A candidate in whose case a
certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only
after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.
(ii) Age Limits :
(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21
years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2001, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd
August, 1971 and not later than 1st August, 1980. Provided that the upper age limit for the post Assistant Commandant, Group
'A' in CISF will be 28 years only.
(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.
(i) upto a maximum
of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
(ii) upto a maximum of three years in
the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
(iii) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during
the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
(iv) upto a maximum of three years in the case
of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and
released as a consequence thereof:
(v) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned
Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2001 and have been released
(i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August,
2001) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical
disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment. (vi) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs
who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2001 and whose assignment
has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for
civil employment and that they will be released on three month's notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of
appointment. (vii) upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.
I-Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered
under any other clauses of para 3(ii) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled
in the State of J & K, blind, deaf-mute and orthopadically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation
under both the categories.
NOTE II-The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in
the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.
age concession under para 3(ii) (b) (v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including
ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own reguest.
NOTE IV- Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3(ii)
(b) (vii) above, a physically handicapped candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after
such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy
the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/posts to be allocated to the physically handicapped
candidates by the Government. Save as provided above the age limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.
The date of
birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate
recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained
by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an
equivalent examination certificate. These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Civil
Services (Main) Examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal
Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted. The expression Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate
in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.
NOTE 1:- Candidates should note
that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate
on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will
be considered or granted.
Note 2 :- Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them
and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently
(or at any other Examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.
Note 3 :- The candidate should exercise
due care while entering their date of birth in column 8 of the application form for the Preliminary Examination. If on verification
at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent
Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the commission under the Rules.
Educational Qualifications :
candidate 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.
Note I : Candidates who have
appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission's examination
but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will
also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission
for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with
their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The
applications for the main examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August, 2001.
Note II : In exceptional
cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified
candidate provided that he has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion
of the Commission justifies his admission to the examination.
Note III : Candidates possessing professional and technical
qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible
for admission to the examination.
Note IV : Candidates 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 :
Every candidate appearing at the Civil Services
Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination. Provided that this restriction
on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.
Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise
eligible, shall be seven.
Note : 1. An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the
2. If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he shall be deemed to
have made an attempt at the examination. 3. Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature the fact of appearance
of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
(v) Restrictions on applying for the examination :
(a) 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, 2001 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, 2001 notwithstanding his/her having qualified in the Preliminary
Examination, 2001. Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services
(Main) Examination, 2001 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 this examination viz. Civil Services Examination, 2001.
(b) A candidate who has accepted the allocation to a service on the basis of an earlier examination shall be eligible
on the basis of this examination to be allocated only to those service(s)/post(s) which were higher in the order of preference
in his/her application form for the examination on the basis of which he/she had been last allocated to a service.
Plan of Examination
examination comprises two successive stages :
(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the
selection of candidates for Main Examination; and
(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the
selection of candidates for the various services and posts.
The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers
of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 450 marks in the subjects set out in subsection (A) of
Section II. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination
by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their
final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen
times the total approximate
number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by
the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligibe for admission to the Main Examination
of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
The Main Examination will consist of a written examination and an interview test.
The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects offered by UPSC.
who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at
their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test.
However, the papers on Indian
Languages and English will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking. The
number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview
will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written
part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. 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.