Most of the questions are of Tricky Nature

T he first paper contains part of the General Study and the second paper is Aptitude Test which is also a qualifying paper. Each question in General Studies paper carries 2 marks. Each question in CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test) paper carries 2.5 marks.

For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

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 and the penalty will be the same as mentioned above for that question. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Candidates will have to score a minimum of 33 % to qualify for CSAT paper and approximately 50 to 60% for General Studies paper.

Age/attempt limit in UPSC ( CSE)
Category Upper Age Limit NO. of Attempts
GENERAL & CREAMY OBC 32 years 06 attempts
NON- CREAMY OBC 35 years 09 attempts
SC/ST 37 YEARS Till upper age limit
PH Gen- 42 years, OBC-45 years, SC/ST- 47 years Gen- 0 9 attempts, OBC- 09 attempts, SC/ST- till upper age limit
J&K Domicile Gen- 37 years, OBC- 40 years, SC/ST- 42 years, PH – 47 years Till upper age limit
Disabled servicemen Gen – 37 years, OBC – 38 years, SC/ST – 40 years Till upper age limit

Academic Qualification

Application Process

·       Must be a graduate. No minimum %, grade or CGPA required in college.

·       They only need final graduation certificate/marksheet.

·       Undergraduate in last year, last semester can apply.

·       Foreign degree valid but have to get equivalent cert. from AIU

·       Distance education degree valid- IF recognized by UGC/AICTE/any Law

·       MBBS must have completed internship before UPSC Interview-stage comes


·       Mode: online

·       Imp Dates: You can apply for the UPSC CSE-19 examination after notifying in Feb 2019

·       You’ve to mention your optional subject in online Prelim application form. You can’t change it afterwards during Mains detailed application form (DAF).

·       Marksheet ,caste certificate not required at this stage.