The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which is common for the candidates applying for Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination every year. The notification falls in the month of February. There are two screening stages followed by an interview. The first stage comprises of Preliminary test which is generally conducted in the month of June. Nearly 4 months from the preliminary examination the Mains examination will be conducted those who have qualified in the initial preliminary examination of UPSC.
The Eligibility Criteria for appearing the UPSC Examination the aspirants should possess a degree of graduation in any stream from any university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Those who have appeared in the qualifying exam and are waiting for their results are also eligible to apply.
A candidate applying for IFS exam must possess a Bachelor's degree in one of the following subjects, including animal husbandry and veterinary science, botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, statistics and zoology, or a Bachelor's degree in agriculture, forestry or engineering from a recognized university.
The Preliminary UPSC Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry maximum of 400 marks. This exam is only a screening test; the marks obtained in the prelims are only for qualifying for main exam and are not counted for determining final order of merit. The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set both in English & Hindi
In Preliminary examination; of Paper - II, General Studies minimum qualifying marks is 33%. You will be selected for Mains exam based on total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper - I. Duration of each paper is two hours.
The Second stage of Screening Test generally called as Main examination. In this there will be no objective or Multiple Choice questions. The written examination will consist of Paper A and Paper B for Indian Language and English qualifying. There will be another Seven Papers one is for Essay, Four are varied syllabus of General Studies papers and Two papers are on the optional subjects. Total maximum marks for all the seven papers will be 1750.
Those who secured merit marks in the Mains examination will be called for an interview. Maximum marks for the interview 275. Preparation for Mock tests should be taken from the UPSC Coaching Institutes.
One may prepare by own but online study material may not be sufficient to crack such competitive exams. There are proven study centers and UPSC coaching institutes who are offering language knowledge, aptitude knowledge and subject knowledge through case studies. Joining coaching institute will facilitate the candidate to interact with other candidates. Out of the reputed coaching institutes Competitive-Success coaching centre in Bangalore will give expected results. They are more dedicated faculty and help you to reach out your goal.