The written examination will consist of the following papers :
Qualifying Papers :
Paper A (One of the Indian Languages to be selected from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution). 300 Marks
Paper B:English 300 Marks.
Papers to be counted for merit:
Paper-I – Essay 250 Marks
Paper-II – General Studies-I 250 Marks (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
Paper-III -General Studies-II 250 Marks (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
Paper-IV -General Studies-III 250 Marks (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
Paper-V -General Studies-IV 250 Marks (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Paper-VI -Optional Subject-Paper 1- 250 Marks
Paper-VII -Optional Subject-Paper 2 -250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) : 1750 Marks
Personality Test: 275 Marks
Grand Total : 2025 Marks
Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given below.
The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) 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.
Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with 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 Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English’.
The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.
Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper I-VIII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers. The candidates will have to answer the English and Indian Language papers in English and the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved).