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UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022 - Registration begins for 861 Posts

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 02, Feb 2022
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Union Public Services Commission has started the registration process for Civil Services 2022 examination on its official website - All the candidates are required to visit the official webiste to apply for the examination. The Online Applications can be filled up to 22nd Feb, 2022 till 6:00 P.M. after which the link will be disabled.

Important Dates:-

  • Starting Date for Apply Online: 02-02-2022
  • Last Date to Apply Online: 22-02-2022
  • Last Date for Fee Payment (by cash): 21-02-2022
  • Last Date for Fee Payment (Online): 22-02-2022
  • Date for online application Withdrawn: 01-03-2022 to 07-03-2022
  • Date for Prelims Exam: 05-06-2022
Admit Card :-
The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website for downloading by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by post.

Application Fees.:

  • General: Rs. 100/-
  • SC/ ST/ Female & PwBD: Nil
  • Payment Mode: Depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash/ Net Banking/ Credit/ Debit card
Age limit as on 01-08-2022:-
  • Minimum Age: 21 Years
  • Maximum Age: 32 Years
  • Candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1990 and not later than 1st August, 2001
  • Age relaxation is applicable as per rules
Number of Attempts:-
  • General - 06
  • OBC - 09
  • SC/ST - Unlimited
  • Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) - 09 for GL/EWS/OBC & Unlimited for SC/ST
Total Vacancies - 861
Services & Posts:
  • (i) Indian Administrative Service
  • (ii) Indian Foreign Service
  • (iii) Indian Police Service
  • (iv) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • (v) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • (vi) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
  • (vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • (viii) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
  • (ix) Indian Information Service, Junior Grade Group ‘A’
  • (x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
  • (xi) Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service, Group ‘A’
  • (xii) Indian Railway Protection Force Service, Group ‘A’
  • (xiii) Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Indirect Taxes) Group ‘A’
  • (xiv) Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) Group ‘A’
  • (xv) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Grade III)
  • (xvi) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • (xvii) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service (DANICS), Group ‘B’
  • (xviii) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service (DANIPS), Group ‘B’
  • (xix) Pondicherry Civil Service (PONDICS), Group ‘B’
Plan of Examination:
The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages:-
  • (i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination
  • (ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts
Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Civil Services (Main) Examination.
The number of candidates to be admitted to the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this Examination.
  • (1) For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign 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, Sri Lanka, 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.
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/her by the Government of India.
Educational Qualification:
  • A candidate must hold a Graduate degree of a recognised University.
How to Apply:-
  • Candidates are required to apply online using the website Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the mentioned website.

Scheme and Subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examination:-

  • The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each. 
  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration. 
  • The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. 
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
General Studies Paper-I - 100 Questions- 200 Marks - 2 Hours
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science
General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) - 80 Questions - 200 Marks - 2 Hours
  • Comprehension;
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
  • Decision making and problem solving;  General mental ability;
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level)
For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct.
If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
  • The Civil Services Main written examination consists of nine papers, two qualifying and seven ranking in nature. 
  • The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
  • The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only.
  • The range of questions may vary from just one mark to sixty marks, twenty words to 600 words answers.
  • Each paper is of a duration of 3 hours.
  • Candidates who pass qualifying papers are ranked according to marks and a selected number of candidates are called for interview or a personality test.
The Written Examination will consist of the following papers:-
Qualifying Papers:-
  • Paper-A (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution) - 300 Marks
  • Paper-B English - 300 Marks
  • The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows:-
    • (i) Comprehension of given passages.
    • (ii) Precis Writing.
    • (iii) Usage and Vocabulary.
    • (iv) Short Essays.
Papers to be counted for merit :
  • Paper-I Essay - 250 Marks
  • Paper-II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) - 250 Marks
  • Paper-III General Studies -II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) - 250 Marks
  • Paper-IV General Studies -III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) - 250 Marks
  • Paper-V General Studies -IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) - 250 Marks
  • Paper-VI Optional Subject - Paper 1 - 250 Marks
  • Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper 2 - 250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) - 1750 Marks
Personality Test/Interview - 275 Marks
Grand Total - 2025 Marks
  • The papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature.The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking
  • The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.
  • Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking.
List of optional subjects for Main Examination:
  • (i) Agriculture
  • (ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • (iii) Anthropology
  • (iv) Botany
  • (v) Chemistry
  • (vi) Civil Engineering
  • (vii) Commerce and Accountancy
  • (viii) Economics
  • (ix) Electrical Engineering
  • (x) Geography
  • (xi) Geology
  • (xii) History
  • (xiii) Law
  • (xiv) Management
  • (xv) Mathematics
  • (xvi) Mechanical Engineering
  • (xvii) Medical Science
  • (xviii) Philosophy
  • (xix) Physics
  • (xx) Political Science and International Relations
  • (xxi) Psychology
  • (xxii) Public Administration
  • (xxiii) Sociology
  • (xxiv) Statistics
  • (xxv) Zoology
  • (xxvi) Literature of any one of the following languages:
    • Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam,Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

Interview/Personality Test :- 275 Marks

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of the candidate’s career. The candidate will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the Interview/Personality Test is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The Interview/Personality Test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.