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MAINS EXAMINATION

  1. The Mains Examination comprises of two parts – Written and Interview
  2. The Written Part of the Mains Examination consists of 9 papers out of which 7 are counted for merit and 2 are qualifying in nature.
  3. There is no negative marking in this stage however marks may be cut as a penalty for not following the instructions of the Commission. The penalty marks are shown separately on the score card of the candidate.
  4. Duration of each paper is 3 hours
  5. 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 who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language’ and 25% in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.

 

PAPER A – INDIAN LANGUAGE  (300 MARKS)

  1. The candidate must select one of the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution for this Paper.
  2. 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.
  3. The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for Candidates belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (only Hearing Impairment sub-category) provided that they have been granted such exemption from 2nd or 3rd language courses by the concerned education Board/University. The candidate needs to provide an undertaking/self declaration in this regard in order to claim such an exemption to the Commission
  4. The paper will be of matriculation or equivalent standard. It will only be qualifying with a minimum of 75 marks or 25% necessary for qualification. These marks will not be added towards the final total.

 

The aim of the paper is to test the candidates’ ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian language concerned.

The Paper will involve:—

  • comprehension of given passages.
  • Précis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.
  • Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.

The paper must be answered in the respective Indian language except where translation is involved.

List of Eighth Schedule Languages – Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Sindhi, Konkani, Manipuri, Nepali, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili and Santhali

 

PAPER B – ENGLISH ( 300 MARKS)

The aim of the paper is to test the candidates’ ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English

The Paper will involve:—

  • comprehension of given passages.
  • Précis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.

The paper must be answered in English.

PAPER 1 – ESSAY (250 MARKS)

Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

  1. The Paper consists of two essays of 1000 – 1200 words each.
  2. The candidate is given four choices from which to choose which essay to write for each of the two essays.
  3. The space is limited for writing as answer sheets have been replaced by Question-cum-Answer Booklets (QCABs).

 

PAPER 2 – GENERAL STUDIES 1 (250 MARKS) (CLICK HERE FOR SYLLABUS)

PAPER 3 – GENERAL STUDIES 2 (250 MARKS) (CLICK HERE FOR SYLLABUS) 

PAPER 4 – GENERAL STUDIES 3 (250 MARKS) (CLICK HERE FOR SYLLABUS) 

PAPER 5 – GENERAL STUDIES 4 (250 MARKS) (CLICK HERE FOR SYLLABUS)

PAPER 6 & 7 (250 MARKS each) (CLICK HERE FOR SYLLABUS) 

PERSONALITY TEST (275 MARKS) ( (CLICK HERE FOR SYLLABUS)