The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as a common examination for recruitment to various services like the Indian Administrative Service,Indian Foreign Service and Indian Police Service, as well as Group A and Group B Central Services.
The notification for the examination, (giving rules and the syllabus for all subjects included in the exam) is published in the month of November/December every year in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar and Gazette of India as well as in some Newspapers. All students are advised to get a copy of this notification from the Employment News or other publications.
Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Services and Posts mentioned below will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on 20th May, 2012 in accordance with the Rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 4th February, 2012.
(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group â??Aâ??.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group â??Aâ??.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group â??Aâ??.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group â??Aâ??.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group â??Aâ??.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group â??Aâ?? (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group â??Aâ??.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group â??Aâ??.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group â??Aâ??.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group â??Aâ??.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group â??Aâ??
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group â??Aâ??.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group â??Aâ??.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A".
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group â??Bâ?? (Section Officerâ??s Grade).
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra &
Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra &
Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'
The online Applications can be filled up to 5th March, 2012 till 11.59
PM after which the link will be disabled.
(1) For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, the candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) For other Services a candidate, subject to certain conditions,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 satisfying certain conditions or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka or some specified East African countries and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
A candidate for CSE 2012 must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st
August, 2012 i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1982 and not later than 1st August, 1991.
The upper age limit will be relaxable by 5 years for Scheduled Caste /Scheduled Tribe candidates, by 3 years for candidates of OBC and by various periods for certain other categories.
iii. Qualification: A candidate must hold a degree from any Indian University or other educational institution deemed as a University or possess an equivalent qualification (there is no restriction on the basis of marks, class or duration of the course.)
A candidate who is in the final year of his/her degree course can apply for and appear in the Aptitude Test. However, he/she in the month of July/August 2012 for the Main Examination, if selected.
iv. Number of Attempts: A candidate is allowed four attempts only, subject to the age limits. Appearance in any one of the two papers of the Aptitude Test will be considered as an attempt.
Submission of CSAT Application to UPSC and receipt of the Hall Ticket will not be treated as an attempt if the candidate does not appear at all in either paper. An OBC candidate is allowed a maximum of seven attempts subject to the age limit with relaxation.There is no ceiling on the number of attempts for a candidate belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe, subject to the age limit with relaxation.
v. Reservation: Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically disabled categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government from time to time.
The UPSC has changed the pattern of the Exam from 2012 and has replaced the existing Preliminary Examination with a Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), which will be a common Test for all candidates.
The Aptitude Test Consisting of Paper I and Paper II will be of objective type. The test will be common for all candidates.
With the above change the Civil Services Examination, 2012 will consist of
a. The Civil Services Aptitude Test - CSAT (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination
b. Civil Services Main Examination (Written) and
c. A Final Interview for those who pass the Main Exam.
A candidate seeking admission to the Aptitude Test must pay the prescribed fee (currently Rs.50) to the UPSC (candidates from ScheduledCastes/Scheduled Tribes are not required to pay any fee). Payment must be made by affixing a single Central Recruitment Fee Stamp on thestandard Application Form.
Application for the Aptitude Test
The Application should be submitted for the Aptitude Test only. The application forms are not supplied by the UPSC, but will be available at all designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices on a cash payment of the prescribed fee. The relevant examination rules and Notice will bepublished in the Employment News and an abridged version published in leading daily newspapers. Central Recruitment Fee (CRF) stamps of Rs.50/- and Rs.100/- denomination specially designed for optical scanning
are available at designated HPOs/POs. Candidates are advised not to use any photo copies/unauthorised printed copies of the form which are likelyto be rejected. Candidates should go through the instructions given in the Application Form carefully and fill the Application Form in the correct manner so that it does not get rejected.