Civil Service Exam

Scheme & Pattern

Preliminary Exam

It has two papers of objective type and carries a maximum of 400 marks. It is a qualifying round and the marks scored are not added to the total CSE score.

Main Exam

  • There are two types of Papers- 2 Qualifying Papers and 7 Compulsory Papers whose scores alone will be counted for Merit. The former will consist of two language exams, one of candidate’s choice and the other is English.
  • The total score for the Compulsory Papers is 1750

CSE Personality Test

Candidates who qualify the Main Exam will be called for a Personality Test, which carries 275 marks.

Exam Pattern for Prelims

  • The Prelims stage of CSE consists of 2 compulsory papers- General Studies Test and the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT).
  • All questions are objective in nature. Candidates are required to choose any one of the 4 answer choices given for each question.
  • Questions are set in both English and Hindi languages. However, questions relating to the English Language Comprehension skills of the class 10th level in CSAT are tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
  • CSAT is a qualifying exam. Candidates have to get a minimum of 33 % to be qualified for the Mains.
  • The number of candidates to be admitted to Mains is about twelve to thirteen times the total number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.
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