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2008 UPSC - IAS Exam Guide ( very useful information)

UPSC - IAS Exam Guide & pattern for the 2008 paper

Civil Services - UPSC, IAS, IFS, IPS, IES 2006, 2007 & 2008 Interview Question Papers & Exam There are many reputed institutes at major cities which provide upsc & ias training. you must check their testimonials before going for any institute. You can get study material from Brilliant Tutorials. Most of the information related to IAS - UPSC Examination Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Prelims & Mains Examination previous interview question papers, Question Paper Patterns for year 2006, 2007, 2008 , Indian Forest Service, Combined Defence Services, Combined Medical Services, Indian Economics Services, Indian Statistical Services are answered at the government website.

You can visit the government website at http://www.upsc.gov.in/ for all the guidelines.

Where to Get previous years UPSC solved exam interview question papers?

You can get upsc interview question papers at Rs. 50 per subject from leading bookshops.

The Important Magazines which u should read for UPSC exam preparation help:

Competition Success Review , Toppers , Civil Services Chronicle

You can get the UPSC eligibility criteria & Sylabus from Employment News.

The preliminary exams are held around May-June.It has objective ie multiple choice questions.

There are two papers (duration of each being 2 hrs).

a) General studies

b) Optional subject

you can choose from Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Agriculture, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics etc. You dont necessarily have to choose the subjects of your graduation.

The main written examination usually takes place in Oct-Nov, it comprises of 9 papers in all.

Duration of each paper is 3 hrs.

Language: one of the Indian languages, English, Essay GK & Current Affairs: 2 papers on general studies

Optionals: papers from two subjects that fall in optional-1 & two papers from optional-2

The subjects are listed in the prospectus.

C&idates which clear the mains exam are eligible for an interview which is the final test. The number of c&idates called for interview is double the number of vacancies.

The government is contemplating a change in the UPSC selection format which is essentially the same since British times.

What does it take to opt for civil service?

Mental alertness; interest in a variety of subjects; good intellect in order to be able to tackle any subject or situation; an ability to sift, weigh & apply differing opinions from various people; leadership qualities; the ability to inspire others & to channelise available talent; tact & diplomacy; &, integrity. These are some personality traits that you should look for in yourself when you consciously make a decision to opt for civil service.

The Civil Services has been divided into various grades to facilitate functioning. The grade determines the area of work. Junior scale officerswork in the states that they are allotted to. Senior scale officers work as Under Secretaries in the State. Officers in the Junior AdministrativeGrade, which is reached after nine years of service, hold the position of a Deputy Secretary. When officers make it to the Selection Grade,which is reached after fourteen years of service they hold the position of Directors or Deputy Secretary. The next scale is known as the SuperTime Scale or the Senior Administrative Grade & the officers in this grade hold the post of a Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary, Secretaryor Cabinet Secretary. The Civil Services can be broadly classified as All India Services & Central Services.

What is the Selection Process ?

Eligibility for the Civil Services Preliminary Examination The minimum age requirement for appearing for the Civil Services PreliminaryExamination is 21 & the upper age limit is 30 years. The minimum academic requirement is graduation in any discipline from a recognisedIndian University or an equivalent academic qualification. All c&idates are allowed four attempts. There is a relaxation for SC/ST c&idateson the number of attempts, if they are otherwise eligible.

For entry to the civil service, there’s a multi-step examination process. The entire process takes a full calendar year. The Union Public ServiceCommission (UPSC) first conducts an objective type preliminary examination for screening c&idates.

The Preliminary Examination:

There are two papers for the preliminary round. There is one on general studies & another on an optional subject. The interview question papers are set in both Hindi & English. Each paper is for a duration of two hours. General study covers history, geography, economics & so on. The questionpapers have objective type multiple choice questions. The general studies paper carries 150 marks.

The syllabus for the optional subject is the same as that for graduation level. The question paper for the optional subject carries 300 marks. The optional subject for the second paper may be chosen from the following :

1. Agriculture

2. Animal Husb&ry & veterinary science

3. Botany

4. Chemistry

5. Civil Engineering

6. Commerce

7. Economics

8. Electrical Engineering

9. Geography

10. Geology

11. Indian History

12. Law

13. Mathematics

14. Mechanical Engineering

15. Philosophy

16. Physics

17. Political Science

18. Psychology

19. Public Administration

20. Sociology

21. Statistics

22. Zoology

The Main Examination:

The preliminary round is basically a screening round. The marks obtained are not counted for in the final stage of theexamination. The written test consists of nine papers (essay type answers to be written)

Paper I: One Indian language

That is included in the Eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution. These languages are

1. Assamese

2. Bengali

3. Gujarati

4. Hindi

5. Kannada

6. Kashmiri

7. Malayalam

8. Marathi

9. Oriya

10. Pali

11. Punjabi

12. Sanskrit

13. Sindhi

14. Tamil

15. Telugu

16. Urdu.

NOTE: The marks obtained are not counted for ranking. This paper is not compulsory for candidates from the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,Nagal& & Sikkim.

Paper II: English. The English language paper is also of a qualifying nature.

Paper III: Essay

Paper IV &V: General Studies

Optional Subject I (two papers)

Optional subject II (two papers).

For papers VI, VII, VIII, & IX two subjects are to be chosen.

The list of subjects from which the choice may be made is

1. Agriculture

2. Animal Husb&ry & veterinary science

3. Anthropology

4. Botany

5. Chemistry

6. Civil Engineering

7. Commerce & Accountancy

8. Economics

9. Electrical Engineering

10. Geography

11. Geology

12. History

13. Law

14. Management

15. Mathematics

16. Mechanical Engineering

17. Philosophy

18. Physics

19. Political Science & International Relations

20. Psychology

21. Public Administration

22. Sociology

23. Statistics

24. Zoology

Literature in one of the following languages: Arabic, Assamese, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya,Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu. The interview question papers are set in Hindi & English.

The rank of a c&idate is determined by the total marks obtained in the preliminary & the mains exams.

Benefits of Civil Services Exam:

The job is of high esteem & respect. One derives great satisfaction by participating in the administrative machinery of the country. The greatest thing about civil service is the job security. Special facilities include subsidised accommodation, telephone & transport facilities, medical benefits, leave travel concession, etc.

All The Civil Services :

The Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) & other departments including Finance, Post & Telegraph, Revenue, Secretariat

Indian Police Service (IPS):

The Indian Police Service is divided into various departments like the Crime Branch, the Criminal Investigation Department, Home Guards & the Traffic BureauThe IPS also has several policing agencies like the Intelligence Bureau, the Central Bureau of Investigation, Cabinet Secretariat Security, Border Security Force & the Central Reserve Police Force.

So if you wan to join the IAS or THe Indian Intelligence Bureau - IB or the CBI, then u must start training & taking Coaching for the UPSC & IAS exams.

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