"General Instructions (Preliminary as well as Main Examination)" :


  (i) Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances,          will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers fo them.However,
     blind candidates will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a
     scribe.Blind candidates will also be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at
     each paper @ ten minutes per hour.

 (ii) An extra time of twenty minutes per hour shall be permitted for the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performanc of function (minimum of 40%impairment) in the Civil Services (Main)
Examination only. However, no scribe shall be permitted to such candidates.

Note (1) : The eligibility conditions of a scribe, his/her conduct inside the examination hall and the manner in which and extent to which he/she can help the blind candidate in writing the Civil Services Examination shall be governed by the instructions issued by the UPSC in this regard. Violation of all or any of the said instructions shall entail the cancellation of the candidature of the blind candidate in addition to any other action that the UPSC may take against the scribe.

Note (2) : For purpose of these rules the candidate shall be deemed to be a blind
candidate if the percentage of visual impairment is Fourty Percent (40%) or
more. The criteria for determining the percentage of visual impairment shall be as follows :                      

1.Category2.Better eye3.Worse eye4.Percentage(%)
Category O 6/9-6/18 6/24 to 6/36 20%
Category I6/18-6/36 6/60 to nil 
Category II 6/60-4/60
or field of
vision 10-20
3/60 to nil 
Category III 3/60-1/60 
or field of vision
F.C. at 1 ft to nil
Category IV  F.C. at 1 ft
 to nil field of
 vision 100 
 F.C. at 1 ft
 to nil field of
 vision 100 
One eyed person6/6 F.C. at 1 ft to nil30%

Note (3) : For availing of the concession admissible to a blind candidate, the candidate concerned shall produce a certificate in the prescribed proforma from a Medical Board constituted by the Central/State Governments along with their application for the Main Examination.
Note 4 

  • The concession admissible to blind candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.
  •  The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
  •  If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him.
  •  Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
  •  Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.
  •  In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
  • Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (i.e.1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.
  •  Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers(Test Booklets). They should not therefore,bring the same inside the Examination Hall.
                                    Interview test

  • The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career.
  •  He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest.
  • The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers.
  • The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
  • The technique of the interview is not  that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
  •  The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

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