UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 2016 Application Notification

UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 2016 Application Notification:

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) notified Recruitment Notice in respect of the Civil Services (Prelim) Exam 2016 and Indian Forest Service (Prelim) Exam 2016 through Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2016 scheduled to be conducted on the 7th of August 2016 (07.08.2016).

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Online Application 2016

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) have the details for the candidates aspiring for recruitment under various Ministries under the Union Government and State Governments across India (enumerated in the subsequent Tabular Format, are as hereunder:

Online Registration Schedule:

Online Registration shall commence on the 23rd of April 2016 (23.04.2016).

The Deadline of Online Registration by the Candidates is the 20th of May 2016 (20.05.2016).

The Union Public Service Commission shall conduct on the 7th of August 2016 (07.08.2016), All India Online Written Examination for the candidates in various parts of the country.

Final Selection of the Candidates shall be for Recruitment in the Departments as under cited:

Srl. No. Name of the Services
i) Indian Administrative Service
ii) Indian Foreign Service
iii) Indian Police Service
iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.
vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)
xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”
xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’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’

e-Admit Cards / Hall Tickets:

The Union Public Service Commission shall upload on the UPSC Website the e-Admission Certificates / Hall Exam Tickets Three Weeks Prior to the Commencement of the Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2016.

Age Limit:

A candidate should have attained the age of 21 Years but must not have attained the age of 32 Years on the 1st of August, 2016; i.e., he/she must have been born neither earlier than the 2nd of August, 1984 (02.08.1984) but not later than the 1st of August, 1995 (01.08.1995).

The Candidates belonging to Reserved Categories seeking Relaxation in Upper Age Limit are advised to carefully read the detailed Notification likely to be issued in January 2016.

Educational Qualification:

Srl. No. Civil Services Examination 2016 Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs)

Detailed information shall be published in the in accordance with the Rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the Gazette of India Extraordinary

The candidate must hold a Degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other Educational Institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section – 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGCA), 1956, or possess an Equivalent Qualification.

Selection Procedure:

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2016 shall consist of Two Successive Stages; viz., (i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of the candidates for the Main Examination; and (ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for various Services and posts noted above. The Union Public Service Commission shall draw up the All India Merit List of the Candidates based on the Sufficient High Marks obtained both in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test.

Scheme of the Online Written Examination:

The Objective-Type Multiple Choice Questions printed in the Test Booklet Series A, B, C & D Series shall contain the Objective-Type Multiple Choice Questions:

Date for the Written Examination Name of the Paper


No. of Objective-Type Multiple Choice Questions Maximum Marks Minimum Qualifying Marks Examination Duration Selection Criteria
07.08.2016 General Studies Paper – I 100 200 33% Two (02) Hours / 120 Minutes The Union Public Service Commission shall draw up the AIML based on the performance and Marks of the Candidates.  The Candidates with Sufficient High Marks both in CSME / IFSME 2016 & Personal Interview (PI) / Personality Test (PT) / vis-à-vis the Number of the Vacancies shall be considered for Final Selection.
General Studies Paper – II   80 200 Two (02) Hours / 120 Minutes
General Studies Paper – II (X Series)   80 200 Two Hours Twenty Minutes / 140 Minutes
Total     400    

Penalty for Wrong Answers:

There will be Penalty for Wrong Answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers mentioned with Each Test Booklet containing the Objective-Type Multiple Choice Questions in English and Hindi Languages as hereunder:

  1. There are four alternatives for the answer to every question printed on the Optical Markup Reader (OMR) Sheet. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, One-third of the Marks assigned to that Question will be deducted as penalty.
  2. If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer, even if one of the given answers happens to be correct, yet there will be the same penalty to that question.
  3. If a question is left point blank by the candidate, i.e., no answer is given by him / her, there will be no penalty for that question.

Civil Services Main Examination (Civil Services / Indian Forest Service) 2016:

The Candidates declared Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination / Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination through Civil Services (Prelim) Exam, 2016 Qualified shall be eligible to appear for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination / Civil Services (Main) Examination 2016 scheduled to be held in November and December 2016.

The Main Written Examination for both Civil Services and Indian Forest Service to be of QUALIFYING NATURE shall be as hereunder:

Indian Forest Service (Main) Exam 2016 / Civil Services (Main) Exam 2016 Name of the Test Type of the Test Maximum Marks Exam Duration Selection Criteria
November 2016 & December 2016 Paper-A (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution). Conventional 300 Three (03) Hours  

Papers to be counted for determining Merit

Paper-B English Language 300
Paper-I Essay 250 The UPSC shall draw up the All India Merit List of the Candidates based on their Performance and Sufficient High Marks Aggregate Marks secured in the Main Written Examination and Personality Test.
Paper-II General Studies-I  (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250
Paper-III General Studies –II

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

Paper-IV General Studies –III

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

Paper-V General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 250
Sub-Total (Written Test) 1750
Personality Test   275
Grand Total 2025

Application Fee:

The Candidates (excepting Female / SC/ST / PH Candidates are exempted from payment of the Fee) have to pay a Fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only) either in cash (by depositing the money) at any Branch of the State Bank of India by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India / State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur / State Bank of Hyderabad / State Bank of Mysore / State Bank of Patiala / State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa / Master Credit / Debit Card.

How to Apply:


Click here to download the Admit Cards / Hall Tickets

Visit to download / Employment Newspaper for obtaining the Application Form.

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