Apply for Civil Services prelims

Online applications can be submitted till June 30.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will accept online applications till June 30 for the Preliminary of the Civil Services Examination 2014. This is the first step for recruitment to 23 services, including the IAS, IFS, and IPS. The Preliminary exam will be held on August 24 at 59 centres across the country. There are 1,291 vacancies. Seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Challenged categories, as per the norms of the Central government.

Who can apply?

The basic eligibility conditions for applying for the test are as follows:

Nationality: Only Indian citizens will be considered for IAS, IFS, and IPS. For other services, citizens of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refugees and specified categories of Indian migrants to certain countries can also apply, subject to the prescribed conditions.

Age: 21-32 years as on August 1, 2014.

The upper age limit will be relaxed up to five years if a candidate belongs to the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes categories; three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail themselves of reservation applicable to such candidates; and three years in the case of defence services personnel disabled in operations and consequently released; five years in the case of ex-servicemen, including commissioned officers, who have rendered at least five years military service, subject to certain conditions; ten years in the case of visually challenged; aurally impaired and orthopaedically challenged persons.

Ex-servicemen who are physically challenged will be eligible for grant of cumulative age relaxation under both the categories. The age concession will not be admissible to ex-servicemen and commissioned officers who have been released on own request.

Educational qualification: Candidates should hold a university degree in any discipline. There is no minimum mark prescribed for eligibility. Those who will be appearing for the final qualifying examination are also eligible for admission to the Preliminary one. Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications, such as AMIE and AMIETE, which are recognised by the government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees will also be eligible for admission to the examination.

All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examinations will be required to produce proof of passing the qualifying examination, along with their application for the Main Examination. However, candidates who have passed the final MBBS or other medical examination, but have not completed their internship, will be provisionally admitted to the Civil Services (Main) Examination and they have to submit the original degree certificate only at the time of the interview.

Number of attempts: Any candidate can make up to six attempts. However, it is not prudent to plan so many attempts.

You may start with a will to clear the examination at the very first attempt. If your performance is not satisfactory, you may make the second attempt.

Candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes can make up to nine attempts. Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes can make any number of attempts, subject to the upper age limit. Physically challenged candidates belonging to the General Category are eligible for nine attempts. Other physically challenged candidates will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically challenged candidates of their community.

Appearing even in one paper in the Preliminary Examination will be deemed to be an attempt.

A candidate who is appointed to the IAS/IFS, based on the results of an earlier examination, and who continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete in any further Civil Services Examinations.

Physical standards: Candidates should be physically fit according to the physical standards for admission to the Civil Services Examination.

The related rules have been published in the guidelines for the examination in the Gazette of India Extraordinary, dated May 31.

How to apply

You can apply online on the website www.upsconline.nic.in. Detailed instructions for submitting applications are given on the site.

Candidates have to pay an application fee of Rs.100 and the payment can be made by Net banking/credit or debit card/cash deposit in any branch of the State Bank of India or its subsidiaries. However SC/ST/female/ physically challenged candidates need not pay the application fee. Candidates will have to furnish their email id, and upload a photograph and signature on the site.

Submit only one application.

Do not wait till the last minute of filing applications, and avoid internet hitches.

For further details, you may see the original notification on the website www.upsc.gov.in.

The Preliminary exam will be held on August 24 at 59 centres across the country.

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