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UPSC Civil Services Selection Process 2022

Updated By Diksha Sharma on 20 Jun, 2022 12:18

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UPSC Civil Services Selection Process 2022

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services selection process comprises of three stages – Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type), Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written) and a Personality Test (Interview). 

Candidates qualifying in the UPSC Civil Services 2022 exams, will become eligible to appear for next round of selection process, and ultimately be selected for the recruitment in various posts of Indian Civil Services.

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UPSC CSE Selection Process 2022 Overview

  • The first stage of UPSC CSE exam is Prelims.
  • The candidates who passed the Prelims exam will have to appear for UPSC CSE Mains exam.
  • The UPSC Mains exam is the second stage of the Civil Services Examination. IAS aspirants who clear the Prelims i.e. those who score above the cutoff in General Studies Paper I and more than 33% marks in General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) are eligible to appear for the UPSC Mains.
  • The candidates who qualify Mains exam will have to appear for interview process.
  • The results for UPSC Civil Services exam are declared within a week after the interviews, i.e. between April-June. After the candidates receive the allocation letter, they are given the fundamental training in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie for 15 weeks.

UPSC CSE Stage 1: Prelims

Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam

Civil Services (Preliminary) exam is the first stage to shortlist candidates for the Mains exam. The highlights of the Civil Services (Preliminary) exam are given below:

  • This examination is conducted just as a screening test to shortlist eligible applicants for the Mains exam.

  • Candidates who qualify the preliminary exam will be eligible to take part in the Civil Services (Main) exam.

  • The marks obtained in Civil Services (Preliminary) exam will not be considered in the final merit list.

  • Paper II i.e. CSAT will only be qualifying in nature. This means the candidates will only have to acquire 33% marks in the CSAT exam to pass in Paper II.

Highlights of UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Pattern

IAS Exam Prelims (UPSC Prelims)
Duration of examination2 hours (120 minutes, extra time of 20 minutes for blind candidates)
Total Number of Questions

GS Paper I- 100 questions

Paper-II (CSAT) - 80 questions

Total Marks400
Types of QuestionsMCQ Types
Marking scheme

Paper I- 200 marks

Paper-II- 200 marks

Negative marking1/3
Mode of ExaminationHindi and English

UPSC CSE Mains Exam 2022

Civil Services (Mains) Exam

The Civil Services (Main) exam consists of a Written exam & a Personal Interview. These 2 stages of Mains exam have been detailed below-

Written Exam

The applicants who score minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Mains exam will be selected for a personal interview test. The number of applicants selected for the personal interview will be just twice the number of vacancies to be filled.

Personal Interview

  • The personal interview will have 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

  • The applicants will be asked questions by the interviewers.

  • The main objective of the Interview is to assess the personal suitability of the applicant for a career in public service by a Board of competent & unbiased observers.

UPSC CSE Interview Process 2022

Final Selection Criteria for Recruitment

The last stage for the selection of UPSC CSE exam is the interview process which is taken by a panel of UPSC Comission members. The following components of UPSC CSE interview must be kept in mind.

  • The interview session is conducted for 275 marks.
  • No minimum qualifying marks have been prescribed by the commission for interview.
  • The skills presented in the career profile must be shown while in front of the board members to secure good marks in the personality test.
  • The final selection will be based on the main examination and Interview session marks combined together.
  • After the candidates receive the allocation letter, they are given the fundamental training in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie for 15 weeks.

UPSC CSE Final Merit List 2022

The marks obtained in the Civil Services Mains exam and in the Interview Test are added up for UPSC CSE final merit list. The top 980 students are allotted a post in the Service or Cadre in order of availability and preference for the same. Thus, the top-ranked candidate will get his/her post of first preference, while the last candidate will get what is remaining. 

UPSC CSE Previous Year Final Cutoff

The UPSC CSE Previous Year Final Cutoff for Prelims and Mains have been given below for different categories of candidates:

Category

UPSC Cut Off - Prelims

UPSC Cutoff- Mains

General

92.51

736

EWS

77.55

687

OBC

89.12

698

SC

74.84

680

ST

68.71

682

PwBD-1

70.06

648

PwBD-2

63.94

699

PwBD-3

40.82

425

PwBD-4

42.86

300

FAQs on UPSC Civil Services

1. I have qualified in UPSC Civil Services Prelims, however, I did not qualify in UPSC Civil Services Mains. Will I be selected?

No, for the selection process, the candidates must qualify in both Prelims as well as in the Main exam.

2. What is the number of vacancies in Civil Services for which the exam is conducted every year by UPSC?

The number of vacancies is reported by Union Public Service Commission in its advertisement/notification for the exam. The number of vacancies varies every year; the number of vacancies per year in the last 4 years has varied between 1000 and 1200.

3. Is a change of preference of services once indicated permitted?

No change in preferences of services once indicated by a candidate is permitted.

4. What are the stages of the UPSC Civil Services 2022 selection process?

UPSC Civil Services 2022 selection process has three stages:

  • Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam

  • Civil Services (Mains) Exam

  • Personality Test (Interview)

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FAQs about UPSC Civil Services

What are the stages of UPSC Civil Services 2021 selection process?

UPSC Civil Services 2021 selection process has three stages:

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam

  2. Civil Services (Mains) Exam

  3. Personality Test (Interview)

Is a change of preference of services once indicated permitted?

No change in preferences of services once indicated by a candidate is permitted.

What is the number of vacancies in Civil Services for which the exam is conducted every year by UPSC?

The number of vacancies is reported by Union Public Service Commission in its advertisement/notification for the exam. The number of vacancies varies every year. The number of vacancies per year in the last 4 years has varied between 1000 and 1200.

I have qualified in UPSC Civil Services Prelims, however, I did not qualify in UPSC Civil Services Mains. Will I be selected?

No, for the selection process, it is mandatory for the candidates to qualify in both Prelims as well as in the Main exam.

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