UPSC-2016 Civil services & Forest services notification is out, no change in age, attempt, syllabus or structure of the exam

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  1. Notification released
  2. No change in Age-Attempt limit
  3. No change in structure of the exam
  4. No change in the syllabus of the exam
  5. How to prepare for UPSC?
  6. Can last semester student apply?
  7. How much fees do I need to pay?
  8. When will I get the hallticket/admit-card for prelims?
  9. Multiple applications by same candidate?
  10. OBC alert

UPSC-2016 Notification released

  • UPSC has released notification for civil services 2016 and forest services 2016 exam.
  • 1079 vacancies. [100 less than last year, although more vacancies for PH this time- 34.)
  • Last date to apply is 27th May 2016, midnight
  • Online application link is upsconline.nic.in
  • Apply at earlier because exam centers are first apply first allot basis.
  • Prelim exam to be held on 7th August 2016. (How many days left- just watch the left hand corner green box of our website).
  • Helpdesk numbers: No. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543

No change in Age-Attempt limit

  • Minimum age is 21 years.
  • Age is counted on 1st August of 2015.
  • Candidate already in IAS or Indian foreign service (IFS)- not eligible to appear.
CategoryMaximum AgeAttempt
General326
OBC32+3=359
SC/ST32+5=37till upper age
Physically disabled

(Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedic)

32+10=42
  • if general then 9
  • OBC then 9
  • SC/ST- then upper age
J&K domicile32+5=37depending on above categories (Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH)
Disabled serviceman discharged from duty32+3=35same as above
Ex-serviceman with five years duty
* specific condition on page2 of notification
32+5=37same as above

Above relaxation are cumulative e.g. OBC candidate from J&K = 32 + 3(OBC) + 5 (J&K) = 40 years up age limit.
What doesn’t count as an attempt?

  • Ans. If you applied in previous exam, but remain absent in BOTH prelim papers, then your attempt is not counted.
  • If you fail in prelims, attempt is counted.

No change in structure of the exam

Preliminary exam
Paper 1Paper 2
general studies (GS)aptitude / CSAT
Marks counted for selection in mains exam…yes
  • You need to get only 33% passing marks. i.e. 200 x 0.33 = 66 passing marks required to clear prelims.
200 marks200 marks
0.33% negative marking0.33% negative marking
20 minutes for blind and locomotors disabilitySame

UPSC-2016 civil services vacancies

Mains and interview
English300. Marks not counted in merit only 25% passing marks required.
Indian language paper (Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi etc. depending on your choice)Same as above.
GS (mains) Paper1, 2, 3, 4250 each x 4 papers = 1000 marks.
ONE Optional subject500 marks.
written total1750
Interview275
grand total2025

No change in the syllabus of the exam

How to prepare for UPSC?

how to begin UPSC-2016 civil services IAS/IPS preparation?
Go through this lecture video click me

Can last semester student apply?

  • Minimum education standard is graduation.
  • Candidates from last semester can apply, provided that they can show proof passing examination in October/November 2015. Because at that time, they’ll be required to fill up a new form for Mains exam (known as DAF form i.e. detailed application form).
  • MBBS candidate must finish internship before interview phase.
How much fees do I need to pay?
General Male and OBC maleRs.100 for Prelims, Rs. 200 for Mains.
Female of any categoryNo fees
SC/ ST, PHno fees

When will I get the hallticket/admit-card for prelims?

  • Hall ticket will be available online, usually 3 weeks before prelim exam. They don’t send it through post anymore. You’ve to download and take printout.
  • If problem, contact   011-23381125/011-23385271/011-23098543.

Multiple applications by same candidate?

  • Every time you apply, you get new registration ID (RID). you must preserve RID because you’ll have to quote it again in the Mains application form i.e. DAF form.
  • If you applied multiple times (because of computer glitch, fee problem or xyz reason) then when downloading hallticket, you should use higher RID. Because higher RID corresponds to your latest application.

OBC alert

To claim OBC reservation benefit in UPSC, you need TWO certificates:

  1. OBC caste certificate
  2. Non-creamy layer certificate.
    1. Non creamy layer status depends on your parents’ income and property.
    2. It doesn’t depend on your income/property
    3. It doesn’t depend on your husband/wife’s income/property.
    4. If your mom/dad is government employee, then INCOME criteria doesn’t apply. (e.g. if dad is class3 employee, then it doesn’t matter whether he gets 6 lakhs or 7 lakhs. You’re still non-cream layer.)

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So far 296 Comments posted

  1. D N VALA

    Sure…brother u may start preparation for 2017.

  2. tony dhinakaran

    Same problem
    My mother also govt teacher and her salary is also 6 lakhs

  3. tony dhinakaran

    Same problem my mother also govt teacher and her salary is above 6 lakhs
    Am i belongs to obc or general

  4. Raj

    Its urgent. An obc creamy layer (income above 4 lakh now). Will that person come under general category and how many attempts an OBC creamy layer person has ?

  5. rohit chavan

    Hi sir mai Maharashtra mai rahata hu meri DT-A caste certificates he to central mai obc me aata hu to muze obc ka caste certificates nikalna padega kya our nikal na hai to kaise

  6. Abhishek tripathi

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  7. Prasant kumat

    Sir how I get the obc alert in upsc notification

  8. Amit

    Is this to possible to change cast criteria after pt results in upsc kindly reply me it’s urgent.

  9. Mahesh

    hi sir my graduation is B.sc MLT am i elegible for CSE?

  10. Manpreet kaur

    Hello sir ca I opt. Lit. Punjabi as opt. Though I did graduation in english lit.

  11. Ravi Kumar Ray

    Is Integrated Master Of Computer Application degree is eligible for CSE, 2017? I have finished this degree but I have no degree at graduation level as it was an Integrated masters course.

  12. mohammad

    What if some father was government employee at gazette officer rank but retired 3 year before will they come under once non creamy layer

  13. vamshi

    My father working as supervisor in Singareni collieries company limited, a psu , jointly owned by central and Telangana govt. and his income is above 8lakhs. Whether I come under creamy layer or noncreamy layer?

  14. nilesh

    Sir,no of atemp limit for handicape candidate in upsc civil sevice exam in uc and obc candid why?

  15. Bhagyashree Choudhari

    Hello sir , upsc optional subject Marathi literature lene ke liye graduation me literature main subject hona jaruri hai kya??

  16. AVANI

    IAS PREPARATION

  17. Kamlesh

    Sir I’m private degree Holder can I apply OR not?
    Please reply…

  18. Dhiyanashree

    sir,My father is an assistant engineer in agricultural engineering department (group B) service and my mother is head mistress in state government elementary school (group c) service. will i come under OBC non creamy layer ?

  19. shiva

    My father is an employee in singareni, psu. His income is above 8lakhs and grade is “T&S GRADE C”. Whether I come under non-creamy layer?

  20. srinivash D

    sir i am phc person and i am olny DEAF person not MUTE i am eligible civils priliminary mains

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