“Dream is not what you see in sleep is the thing which doesn’t let you sleep”.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Certainly, the Civil Services Mains section consists of two steps; namely: Written Test and Personality Test / Interview. As we stated earlier the Civil Services Preliminary examination is a screening test for entry to the Main Examination. The most important characteristic of the Main Exam is that the questions in every paper are of the conventional essay type and highly needed right strategy with good writing skill for scoring high marks in the highly competitive tests. The nature and standard of questions in these papers will be such that a well educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study.

The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidates’ basic understanding of all relevant issues, ability to analyze and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and sagacious answers. Interestingly, the essay type questions can evaluate your abilities in logical thinking, problem solving, analysis, synthesis, original thought, clarity of thought, garnering and merging facts from diverse sources, organising material, developing arguments, comparing and contrasting, making judgement, giving opinions, preparing summaries, interpreting statements, expanding and illustrating a central idea, verbal facility and power of expression.

Time management in the examination hall is an important component of success. In order to answer the required number of questions, you should plan your timing accordingly. The written examination consists of nine papers, of which two are qualifying and seven are ranking in nature. Candidates who pass qualifying papers are ranked according to marks and a selected number of candidates are called for interview or a personality test at the Commission’s discretion. Refer the subsequent section for getting detailed syllabi, strategies to fetch high marks, toppers’ comments & techniques and so on.

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