(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
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
(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.
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.
Note III-The 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.
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.
(iii) Minimum 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 examination.
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 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.
The competitive 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.
Candidates 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.