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The age limit is 21 to 32 years (not taking into account the other relaxation factors). The candidates shall at least hold a bachelor’s degree in any stream.

Prelims pattern and syllabus

Prelims have two papers (objective) of 2 hours each. There is a negative marking for each incorrect response, which is one-third of the marks allocated to each question. 

Paper 1 is the General awareness paper, with questions from various aspects like history, geography, economy, etc pertaining to the country.

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Paper 2, on the other hand, is to test the English and general aptitude of the aspirants. It includes comprehension, logical reasoning, and basic quantitative aptitude.

Mains (descriptive part) with 3 hours time for each paper

The pattern for mains is as follows-

Paper 1 Essay writing 250 Marks

Paper 2 General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society) 250 Marks

Paper 3 General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250 Marks

Paper 4 General Studies –III  (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250 Marks

Paper 5 General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude) 250 Marks

Paper 6 Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks

Paper 7 Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

For the candidates with the law as an optional subject, the syllabus for optional paper 1 includes constitutional law, administrative law, and international law. Whereas, paper 2 includes the law of crimes, the law of torts, contracts and mercantile law, and contemporary legal developments.  

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