Candidates should note that there are certain changes in the scheme of civil services (main) examination, which has been elucidated in the scheme of examination. There are some other changes also in regard to the choice of language medium in the civil services (main) 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; and
(ii) Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts noted above.
The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in subsection (A) of Section-II. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total an approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
3. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for interview for a Personality Test vide sub-section ‘C’ of Section-II. Marks obtained in the papers will be counted for ranking. The number of candidates to be summoned for interviews will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled.

Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.
The written examination will consist of the following papers:

(i) Marks obtained by the candidates for all papers (Paper I-VII) will be counted for merit
ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all
papers of the examination.
Compulsory papers:
English 300 marks [35% mandatory]
Any language [Kannada] 300 marks [35% mandatory]
Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given in para 2 below (Group 1). However, a candidate can opt for the literatures of a language, indicated in Group-2 below para 2, as an optional subject, only if the candidate has graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject}.
NOTE: For the Language medium/ literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the

Part I

250 Marks

General Studies–I 
(Indian Heritage and Culture,
History and Geography of the World
And Society)


General Studies –II 
(Governance, Constitution,
Polity, Social Justice and
International relations)

250 Marks

General Studies –III 
(Technology, Economic Development,
Bio-diversity, Environment, Security
And Disaster Management)

250 Marks

General Studies –IV 
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

250 Marks

Optional Subject – Paper 1

250 Marks

Optional Subject – Paper 2

250 Marks

Sub Total (Written test)

1750 Marks

Personality Test

275 Marks.

Grand Total

2025 Marks

candidates will be as under:-
Language Script

  • Assamese Assamese
  • Bengali Bengali
  • Gujarati Gujarati
  • Hindi Devanagari
  • Kannada Kannada
  • Kashmiri Persian
  • Konkani Devanagari
  • Malayalam Malayalam
  • Manipuri Bengali
  • Marathi Devanagari
  • Nepali Devanagari
  • Oriya Oriya
  • Punjabi Gurumukhi
  • Sanskrit Devanagari
  • Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic
  • Tamil Tamil
  • Telugu Telugu
  • Urdu Persian
  • Bodo Devanagari
  • Dogri Devanagari
  • Maithili Devanagari
  • Anthali Devanagari or Olchiki

Note: For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

List of optional subjects :

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Literature of any one of the following languages:
Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English.
(i) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
(ii) Each paper will be of three hours duration.
(iii) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except Section 2 of the
Paper-I (English comprehension and English précis) in English or Hindi. If the candidate has had his/ her graduation in any of the following language mediums using the particular language medium for qualifying the graduate level examination, then he/she may opt for that particular language medium to answer all the question papers, except Section 2 of the Paper-I (English comprehension and English précis).
Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu
(iv) However, in the interest of maintaining the quality and standards of examination, a minimum number of 25 (twenty-five) candidates should opt for a specific language medium for answering the question papers in that language medium. In case there are less than 25 (twenty five) candidates opting for any approved language medium (other than English or Hindi), then those candidates will be required to write their examination either in Hindi or in English only.
(v) Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the languages mentioned above may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases; their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.
(vi) The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and
English only

NCERT’s from class 6th to 12th which are as follows:


  • 6th Our Past - 1
  • 7th Our Past - 2
  • 8th Our Past - 3
  • 9th India and contemporary world-1
  • 9th India and contemporary world-2
  • 10th Nationalism in India
  • 11th Themes in World History
  • 12th Themes in Indian History-1 Themes in Indian History -2 Themes in Indian History-3
  • NIOS - Culture in India


  • 9th Economics
  • 10th Understanding Economic Development
  • 11th Indian Economics Development
  • 12th Introductory Microeconomics
  • 12th Introductory Macroeconomics


  • Science NCERT 12th Biology (Chapter – 13 to 16 only)


  • 11th Fine Art – An introduction to Indian art


  • 11th NCERT Sociology- Understanding society
  • 12th NCERT Indian Society
  • 12th NCERT Social change and Development in India


  • 6th The Earth our Habitat
  • 7th Our Environment
  • 8th Resource and Development
  • 9th Contemporary India -1
  • 10th Geography , Contemporary India -2
  • 11th Fundamentals Physical Geography
  • 11th Indian Physical Environment
  • 12th Fundamentals of Human Geography
  • 12th Indian people and Economy


  • 6th Social and Political life-1
  • 7th Social and Political life-2
  • 8th Social and Political life-3
  • 9th Democratic Politics-1
  • 10th Democratic Politics-2
  • 11th Political Theory
  • 12th Political science -2
  • 12th Contemporary world politics
  • 12th Politics in India since independence
  • 11th Indian constitution at work
  • 12th Politics in India since independence


  • Science NCERT class 6th to 10th
  • Science NCERT 11th Chemistry (unit -14 only)
  • Science NCERT 11th Biology (unit - 4 & 5 only)
  • Science NCERT 12th Chemistry (unit -16 only)
  • Science NCERT 12th Biology (unit – 8,9 & 10 only)