Q 1.- What is the current pattern of the Civil Services Examination?

Ans.-Civil Services Examination is a 3-stage examination held every year.

Stage 1 – Preliminary Test

Stage 2 – Main Exam

Stage 3 – Personality Test / Interview. 

 Q 2.- What is the Preliminary Test?

Ans.- Stage 1 – Preliminary Test – consists of objective questions with penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers. (This year the Prelim exam was held on 18th June 2017 and in 2018 it is to be held on 3rd June),tentative.

Paper 1 – General Studies (200 marks) 2 hours

Paper 2 – CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) (200 marks) 2 hours

(This will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%)

There is a cut-off in the Preliminary Test which varies every year and is decided by the UPSC.

Q 3.- What is the Main Examination?

Ans-The Main Exam consists of 9 papers which are usually held in October for around 5-7 days. The current pattern of Main

Examination is as follows:-

General Studies

Paper 1 – 250 marks (3 hours)

Paper 2 – 250 marks (3 hours)

Paper 3 – 250 marks (3 hours)

Paper 4 – 250 marks (3 hours)

Optional Subject 1

Paper 1 – 250 marks (3 hours)

Paper 2 – 250 marks (3 hours)

Essay – 250 marks (3 hours)

English Language 300 marks (qualifying paper; marks not included in Main Exam)

Indian Language 300 marks (qualifying paper; marks not included in Main Exam)

Usually Paper 1 is held from 9 am to 12 pm and Paper 2 is held from 2 pm to 5 pm. 

Both the papers of either General Studies or Optional subject are held on the same day. 

Q 4.- What is the Interview or Personality Test stage?

Ans.- The Interviews usually start 2 weeks after the Main Exam results are announced. The duration of interview classes is around 60 days.

Q 5.- When is the Final result declared?

Ans.- This is computed on the basis of the total marks scored by candidates in Main Examination (1750) and Personality Test  or Interview (275).  The final result is declared in May. Final Ranking and Service allocation is based on the combined marks scored in Main Examination (1750) and Interview (275)  and on the preferences given by the candidates at the time of filling up of the Main Examination application form.

Q 6.- When does the UPSC advertise about the Examination?

Ans.- UPSC publishes the advertisement for holding the Civil Services Examination every year  in  the  month  of  June  for the  Preliminary Test to be held in June of the next year.  Applications are invited by UPSC until the stipulated date of that year more  specifically mentioned in the year’s advertisement.

Q 7.- What is the eligibility to appear for this Examination?

Ans.- Students must be degree holders or graduates (degree recognized by University Grants Commission) to appear for this  Examination. Indian students holding a foreign degree need to ensure that their degree is accredited or recognized by UGC.

Q 8.- What is the minimum and maximum age required to appear in the exam?

Ans.- Candidates belonging to General category and OBC (creamy layer) must have attained the  age of 21 on 1st  August of  the year  of the Exam but must not have attained the age of 32 on 1st August of the year of the Exam.  Candidates  belonging  to OBC (non creamy layer) category must have attained the age of 21 on 1st August of the year of the Exam but must not have  attained the age of 35 on 1st August of the year of the Exam. Candidates belonging to SC category must have attained the age of 21 on 1st August of the year of the Exam but must not have  attained the age of 37 on  1st  August  of the  year  of the  Exam. Candidates belonging to ST category must have attained the age of 21 on 1st August of the year of the Exam but must not have  attained the age of 37 on 1st August of the year of 

Q 9.- What is the number of maximum attempts for different categories?

Ans.- General category and OBC (creamy layer) category have a maximum of 6 attempts. OBC (non creamy layer) have a maximum of 9 attempts. For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe category candidates there is no limit on the number of attempts till they attain the age  of  37  years .  Students  belonging  to  OBC/SC/ST can give the  first 4  attempts as General  category candidates (if they so desire) and thereafter they can avail the relaxation in the number of attempts by availing the category benefits.

Q 10.-  What  is  the  number of   vacancies  in  Civil  Services  for  which  the  examination  is  conducted  every year by UPSC?

Ans.- The number of vacancies reported by Union Public Service Commission varies every year.The number of vacancies  per year in the last 5 years had varied between 800 and 1300.

Q 11.- What is the competition level in UPSC Civil Services Examination?

Ans.- Every year, for the 1st stage (Preliminary Test), the number of students aspiring for the UPSC Civil Services has gone up to more than 600,000 who fill the form and the number of people appearing in the preliminary exam is about 400,000. Out of the 4 lakh candidates appearing in the Preliminary Examination, the number of candidates qualifying is  dependent  on  the   number  of   vacancies  in  the  Civil  Services  advertised  that  year.  To  give an example, if  the advertisement is for 1000 vacancies, then about  12,000 candidates would be called (qualified) by the UPSC to appear in the Main exam & the number of candidates who will qualify the Main examination to appear in the Interview would be about 2500.

Q 12.- What is the schedule of the Civil Services exam?

Ans:-UPSC CIVIL SERVICES TIMELINE: (the below given data is tentative) For students appearing for Civil Services Exam 2018. Notification and Form filling for Prelim Exam with UPSC – 7th February 2018

Date of Prelim Exam – 3rd June 2018

Result of Prelim Exam –  Expected by July end or early August 2018

Commencement of Main Exam –  1st October 2018

Declaration of Main Exam results- January 2019

Personality Test- February & March 2019

Declaration of Final merit list - April 2019                                                 

  Q 13.- What are the optional exception subjects which students can choose?

Ans.- Students have to choose any one optional subject from a list of the following optional subjects. Students can also opt for literature subject as an optional, if they so desire. Optional subjects (26) offered by UPSC


Animal H & Vet Sc




Civil Engg

Commerce & Acc


Electrical Engg







Mechanical Engg

Medical Science



Pol Sc & IR


Public Admin




Literature of any one of the following languages (30) is also offered as an optional subject:-































Q 14.- How does Kausalyaiasacademy help me in preparing for the Examination?

Ans.-  The Main Examination and the Optional Subject preparation needs to be  done   along  with  the   preparation  of  Preliminary.The basic  reason being lack of time between Preliminary Exam and Main Exam (which is around  4 months before Main exam and only around 2 and half months before declaration of Preliminary Examination result). The time of (4 months or 2 and half months) is insufficient for any preparation from  ground-up for  both the  GS as well as  Optional  subject.  The available time  is  only  sufficient  for  revision of  GS  and  Optional  subject and appearing in mock tests  in  GS and the Optional subject. Students are advised to prepare General Studies (Preliminary+ Main)  simultaneously  and  choose to study either CSAT or Optional Subject simultaneously along with their 9 month course in General studies.

 Q 15.- Which batch/batches I can join at kausalyaiasacademy?

Ans.- We conduct two sessions in General Studies (Prelim cum Main) in July every year. Optional Subjects courses begin in July.

Q 16.- Where do I find the details of joining the batches?

Ans.- “July Session” details will be available on our website www.kausalyaiasacademy.com 

Q 17.- What is the Syllabus of the Examination?

Ans.-Paper I – (200 marks) 2 hrs (General Studies)

• Current events of national and international importance

• History of India and Indian National Movement

• Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.

• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

• General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization

• General Science.

Paper II – (200 marks) 2 hrs (CSAT – Civil Services Aptitude Test)

• Comprehension

• Interpersonal skills including communication skills;

• Logical reasoning and analytical ability

• Decision making and problem solving

• General mental ability

• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. -Class X level)

• English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)

• Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (will be tested through passages from  English  language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper)

• The questions will be objective in nature; Multiple choice questions The Syllabus of GS (Main) and Main Optional subjects is available in the Syllabus section.

Q 18.- Which subjects are offered at kausalyaiasacademy?

Ans.- Subjects offered at  Kausalyaiasacademy are Public Administration, Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Psychology, and Anthropology , Telugu literature..,