The Main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and in-depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.
The scope of the syllabus for the optional subject papers for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors degree and lower than the masters degree. In the case of Engineering and Law, the level corresponds to the bachelor's degree.
- Once the results of the Preliminary Examination are announced, only the candidates who qualify in the Preliminary Examination would be sent the detailed application form to apply for the Main Examination.
- Main examination starts is likely to be held in November/December every year
- Results - Selected candidates would be called for an interview / personality test.
MAIN EXAMINATION SUMMARY:
The written examination will consist of the following papers totalling to 1750 marks. An interview / personality test would be conducted for 275 marks. This adds up to a total of 2025 marks.
One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper)
|Paper-II||English (Qualifying Paper)||300 Marks|
|Papers IV, V, VI and VII||General Studies (250 Marks for each paper)||1000 Marks|
|Papers VIII and IX|
Any one Optional subject (which contains 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (250 marks for each paper)
|Total Marks for Written Examination||1750 Marks|
|INTERVIEW / PERSONALITY TEST||275 Marks|
|Grand Total||2025 MarksBlind candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.|
- Blind candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
- The papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature; the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
- The Paper-I on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.
- Evaluation of the papers, namely, Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of all candidates would be done simultaneously along with the evaluation of their qualifying papers on 'Indian languages' and 'English' but the papers on 'Essay', 'General Studies' and 'Optional Subject' of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on 'Indian language' and 'English' and, therefore, the marks in 'Essay' 'General studies' and 'Optional subject' will not be disclosed to those candidates who fail to obtain such minimum qualifying standard in 'Indian language' and 'English'.
- Candidates should however note that, if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases, their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorised medium.
- The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
- Each paper will be of three hours duration.
- Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying language papers, (viz. Papers I and II of the Main Examination mentioned above), in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English.
- Candidates exercising the option to answer papers III to IX in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them.
- The question papers other than the literature of language papers will be set both in Hindi and English Only.
Paper I - List of Indian Languages (Compulsory - Qualifying Paper)
- The aim of the paper is to test the candidate's ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his/her ideas clearly and correctly in the Indian language concerned.
- The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :-
- Comprehension of given passages.
- Precis Writing.
- Usage and Vocabulary.
- Short Essay.
- Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.
- The Paper on Indian Languages will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in this papers will not be counted for ranking.
- The candidates will have to answer the Indian Languages paper only in the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved).
Script for Paper I - Indian Languages
Paper II - ENGLISH (Compulsory - Qualifying Paper)
Paper III - Essay
Paper IV, V, VI & VII - General Studies
Paper IV - GENERAL STUDIES - I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
Paper V - GENERAL STUDIES - II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
Paper VI - GENERAL STUDIES - III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
Paper VII - GENERAL STUDIES - IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude.
Paper VIII & IX - List of Optional Subjects
Total No. of Optional Subjects - 49
Total No. of Mainstream Subjects - 25
Total No. of Literature Subjects - 24
Any of the Literature Subjects mentioned below: