Civil Services Mains Examination 2011 Patten

Main Examination
The written examination will consist of the following papers :
Paper I:
One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution: 300 marks
Paper II: English 300 marks
Paper III: Essay 200 marks
Papers IV and V: General Studies 300 marks
Papers VI, VII, VIII and IX: Any two subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects set out in para 2 below. Each subject will have two papers
The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.
The scope of the syllabus for the optional subject papers for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors degree and lower than the masters degree. In the case of Engineering and law, the level corresponds to the bachelor’s degree.
Interview Test will carry 300 marks.
NOTE (i) The papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature; the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
NOTE (ii) Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subjects of all candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian languages’ and English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies’ and ‘Optional Subjects’ of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of as attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian language’ and ‘English’ and, therefore, the marks in ‘Essay’ ‘General studies and Optional subjects’ will not be disclosed to those candidates who fail to obtain such minimum qualifying standard in ‘Indian language and ‘English’.
NOTE (iii) The paper-I on Indian Languages will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.
NOTE (iv) For the Language papers, the script to be used by the candidates will be as under :–
Language   Script
Assamese   Assamese
Bengali   Bengali
Bodo   Devanagari
Dogri   Devanagari
Gujarati   Gujarati
Hindi   Devanagari
Kannada   Kannada
Kashmiri   Persian
Konkani   Devanagari
Maithili   Devanagari
Malayalam   Malayalam
Manipuri   Bengali
Marathi   Devanagari
Nepali   Devanagari
Oriya   Oriya
Punjabi   Gurumukhi
Sanskrit   Devanagari
Santali   Devanagari or Olchiki
Sindhi   Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil   Tamil
Telugu   Telugu
Urdu   Persian
NOTE : For Santali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.
2. List of optional subjects for Main
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Civil Engineering
Commerce and Accountancy
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science
Political Science and International
Public Administration

Literature of one of the following languages:
Arabic, Assamese, Bodo, Bengali, Chinese, Dogri, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.
NOTE (i) Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subjects:–
(a) Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration;
(b) Commerce & Accountancy and Management;
(c) Anthropology and Sociology;
(d) Mathematics and Statistics;
(e) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
(f) Management and Public Administration;
(g) Of the Engineering subjects, viz., Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering–not more than one subject.
(h) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science.
(ii) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
(iii) Each paper will be of three hours duration. Blind candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
(iv) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers viz. Papers I and II above in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English.
(v) Candidates exercising the option to answer papers III to IX in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases, their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorised medium.
(vi) The question papers other than language papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

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  1. Rama Krishana Akula says:

    I tried to upload my photpgraph & signature in the UPSC concerned website according to the notification released.But,it is not getting uploaded ….can you kindly help me out….

  2. dr.jesudas says:

    I am dr.jesudas ,age 35 yrs ,sir i want to write civil services exam plz tell me i am eligible to write the civil services .I am a candidate of scheduld cacte and orthopedically handicapped

  3. KAMLESH says:

    Sir I want purchased notes for civil services (main) exam 2011, subject is Law & Public administration and my medium is Hindi So please suggest me the sale counter of IGNOU

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