Frequently Asked Questions Regarding UPSC Examinations


Q1. What is the restriction on number of attempts in Commission’s Examinations?
Ans. Number of attempts :-
(1)Civil Service Examination - General-4, OBC-7, SC/ST- No restriction
(2)IFS Examination- General-4, OBC-7, SC/ST-No restriction
There is no restriction on number of attempts in any other Examination conducted by the Commission.

Q2. Is there any relaxation in number of attempts for physically handicapped?
Ans. No. However physically handicapped candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories will be eligible for relaxation in number of attempts provided to such categories.

Q3.Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University apply for Commission’s Examination?
Ans.Yes, provided it is a recognized University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.

Q4.Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of states but not in the Central list of OBCs is eligible for age relaxation, reservation etc. for Commission’s Examinations?
Ans. No. Only candidates belonging to communities which are included in the Central list of OBC’s are eligible for such concessions.

Civil Service Examination

Q.1. Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at graduate/PG level?
Ans. Yes.

Q.2. Is it necessary for a candidate to take the same optional subject in the Main Exam, which he had taken in the prelims Examination?
Ans. No.

Q.3. If a candidate has applied for the CS (P) Examination but has not appeared at any paper in the CS (P) Examination will it be counted as an attempt?
Ans. No. An attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in CS (P) Examination.

Q4. Is a candidate who has done his graduation without passing class X and class X11 eligible for Civil Service Examination?

Q.5. Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?
Ans. No, Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth schedule languages.

Q.6. Can a candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?
Ans. If a candidate opts an Eighth schedule language for the CS (Main) Examination he will have the option to take the interview in same language or in English.

Engineering Service Examination
Q1. Is a candidate possessing Engineering degree in Production Engineering/Chemical Engineering eligible for the Engineering Service Examination?
Ans. A candidate possessing a degree in Engineering in any discipline is eligible for taking Engineering Service Examination.

Combined Medical Services Examination

Q1. Whether candidates having Degree in BDS or in Ayurvadic/Unani systems of medicines are eligible for CMS Examination?
Ans.No. Only candidates having an MBBS Degree or studying in final year of MBBS course are eligible.

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