has just today brought out the exam notification for Civil Services Prelims Exam 2012
in major Indian dailies as well as in Employment news (i.e. dated 11.02.2012). Online submission of application form begins today and last date to apply for the same is 9th March, 2012. The Civil Services Prelims Exam 2012 would be conducted on 20th May, 2012.
There are 1037 vacancies on offer in Civil Services Exam 2012 in 24 elite government organizations such as IAS, IPS, IFS, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Indian Postal Service etc. Qualifications required to appear in Civil Services Exam is not much – you just need to be a graduate in any discipline. So would you like to appear for this much prestigious and sought after exam? If yes, read on – this blog post focuses on helping you apply for this exam, by quoting important information from the notification.
How tough is UPSC Civil Services Exam:
Yes, since this exam chooses the crème de la crème jobs in India, it also happens to be one of the most competitive exams in India. To give you an idea, I am showing in tables below, number of applicants, number of candidates who appeared and number who were selected in both Prelims & Mains exam. This data was taken from 61st Annual Report of UPSC
Number of candidates applied & appeared:
You can find in the table at right the number of candidates who applied & who appeared in Civil Services Prelims & Mains Exam in last three exam – i.e. 2008-09 to 2010-11.
As you can see in the table, only 50% of those who applies for Civil Services Prelims exam actually appears in the exam – this must be a good news to you, since most of the competition is over at this stage only. In the Civil Services Mains Exam on the other hand, almost 97% who applied, actually appears for the exam.
Percentage of screening in the Prelims & Mains exam:
How much screening is done in the Prelims & Mains exam? In other words how many who appears in Prelims exam qualifies for the Mains and how many who appears in Mains exam actually are selected (Approx 1000 each year). The table above says you that – only around 6% of who appears in Prelims are selected for the Mains exam and about 8% of those who appears in Mains exam are ultimately selected
Eligibility for UPSC Civil Services Exam:
You have to fulfill following eligibility criteria for Civil Services Exam:
Age Eligibility: (As on 1st August, 2012)
Min: 21 yrs, Max: 30 yrs. (i.e. DOB not earlier than 02.08.1982 & not later 01.08.1991). There is relaxations in age for reserved categories as per Govt. rule: SC/ST: 5 years, OBC: 3 years, PH: 10 years.
Educational Qualification Eligibility:
You need to be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized institute/university.
Final year students of Graduation can also apply, but you have to produce the proof of passing the requisite examination, while applying for the Main Examinationwhich is likely to be called sometime in July/August, 2012.
No. of permissible attempts in UPSC Civil Services Exam:
For General Category: Four
For Other Backward Classes: Seven
For SC/ST/PH: Any Number of attempts within maximum age as given above.
UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2012 Online Form:
There is no offline application form for Civil Services Prelims Exam 2012. You have to apply Online only.
How to apply online for Civil Services Exam has been given in section “5. HOW TO APPLY” in page-3 of the notification. It has also been given in detail in this webpage
Call letter/Admit Card for UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2012:
Date of exam notification: 11.02.2012
Online registration of form starts on: 11.02.2012.
Last date to apply online: 09.03.2012.
Cut-off dates for eligibility: 01.08.2012.
Date for Civil Services Prelims Exam 2012: 20.05.2012.
Approx date for form submission for Civil Services Mains Exam 2012: July/August, 2012.
Date for Civil Services Mains Exam 2012: October/November, 2012.