Both Civil Service and Forest Service Examination consist of 3 stages as mentioned below:
Stage 1 – Preliminary Exam (Objective Type)
Stage 2 – Mains Exam (Descriptive Type)
Stage 3 – Interview (Oral)
The Preliminary Examination which is common for both Civil services and Forest service is conducted during May or June every year.
It consists of two papers – one is held in the forenoon and the other in the afternoon of the same day and both papers consist of a set of multiple choice questions.
The forenoon session is General Studies Paper–I where questions are based on general awareness and other topics as mentioned in the syllabus.
In afternoon session is CSAT – Paper II where questions based on Quantitative aptitude, Reasoning and Verbal ability as mentioned in syllabus. Candidates should note that there will be a penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers.
Information in the table are based on UPSC Civil Services Examinations 2018.
|Subject||No. of Questions||Marks|
|Total||Correct Ans||Incorrect Ans*|
|General Studies Paper–I||100||200||2||-0.66|
|CSAT – Paper II||80||200||2.5||-0.83|
For Wrong answers one – third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
- Paper I marks is used for the selection of candidates to the mains examination.
- Paper II marks is qualifying paper with a minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33% (i.e 66 marks).
- Two set of results are published – one list is for those who qualified for Civil Service Mains Examinations and other list is for those who qualified for Forest Service Mains Examination.
- This is only a screening test, marks will not be added in calculating final results.