EXAMINATION NOTICE NO. 05/2012-IPSLC DATED: 10.03.2012
(Last Date for Receipt of Applications : 01.04.2012)
INDIAN POLICE SERVICE LIMITED COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION, 2012
(Commission’s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in)
UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
1. CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION:
The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all
eligibility conditions for admission to examination. Their admission to all the stages
of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed
Mere issue of e-admission certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/her
candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission.
Commission will take up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original
documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.
2. HOW TO APPLY:
(a) Candidates must apply Online by using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in.
Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the abovementioned website.
Candidates should ensure that all columns of the Online Application Form are filled
in correctly. No correspondence will be entertained by the Commission from
candidates to change any of the entries made in the application form. In case of NIL
information, candidates are advised to clearly write NIL or ‘0’ in the relevant column.
No column should be left blank.
The printed copy of the Online Application Form with necessary certification done
by the appropriate authority must reach the Secretary, Union Public Service
Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069 on or before
19th April, 2012.
The envelope containing the application should be superscribed “Application for
Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination, 2012”. Application can
also be delivered at Union Public Service Commission counter by hand. The
Commission will not be responsible for the applications delivered to any other
functionary of the Commission.
(b) Candidates are advised to read carefully the instructions for filling up the “Online
Application Form” given in Appendix-II of this notice.
3. LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS:
The Online Applications can be filled upto 1st April, 2012 till 11.59 p.m. after
which the link will be disabled. The last date for receiving printed copy of Online
Application Form along with enclosures/certificates is 19th April 2012
4. PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS:
Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong
answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.
5. FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES:
In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications,
candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near gate ‘C’
of its campus in person or over Telephone No. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-
23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs. and 17.00 hrs.
6. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS :
Candidates are advised to read carefully “Special Instructions to the Candidates
for Objective Type Tests and Conventional Type Tests” (Appendix III and Appendix
IV). For both writting and marking answers in the OMR sheet [Answer Sheet] in
objective type papers, candidates must use either black or blue ball pen only.
Pens with any other colours are prohibited. Do not use Pencil or ink pen.
7. MOBILE PHONES BANNED:
(a) Mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed
inside the premises where the examination is being conducted. Any infringement
of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future
(b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned
items including mobile phones/ pagers to the venue of the examination, as
arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured.
8. Candidates are advised not to bring any valuable/costly items to the
Examination Halls, as safe-keeping of the same cannot be assured. Commission
will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.
“Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and
women candidates are encouraged to apply.”
No.22/4/2010-E.I (B) : The Union Public
Service Commission will hold a Limited
Compet i t ive Examinat ion f rom 20
M a y , 2 0 1 2 f o r t h e p u r p o s e o f f i l l i n g
vacancies in the Indian Police Service
( I P S ) i n a c c o r d a n c e w i t h t h e R u l e s
p u b l i s h e d b y t h e M i n i s t r y o f H o m e
A f f a i r s i n t h e G a z e t t e o f I n d i a
Extraordinary dated 03
❖ The number of vacancies to be filled
on the result of the examination will be
finalized later on in consultation with
the Ministry of Home Affairs.
❖ R e s e r v a t i o n w i l l b e m a d e f o r
candidates belonging to Scheduled
Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other
B a c k w a r d C l a s s e s C a t e g o r i e s i n
respect of vacancies as may be fixed
by the Government.
❖ S i n c e I n d i a n P o l i c e S e r v i c e i s
e x emp t e d f r om PH r e s e r v a t i o n , n o
v a c a n c y w i l l b e a v a i l a b l e f o r
recruitment of PH category candidates
through this examination.
T h e c a n d i d a t e s m u s t i n d i c a t e t h e i r
p r e f e r e n c e s f o r c a d r e ( S t a t e / U T )
allocation. In case no preference is given
by a candidate for cadre allocation, it will
be assumed that he/she does not have
s p e c i f i c c a d r e p r e f e r e n c e f o r t h o s e
services. Moreover, if a candidate cannot
be allocated to any cadre of his/her choice,
he/she shal l be al lot ted to any of the
r e m a i n i n g c a d r e s i n w h i c h t h e r e a r e
vacancies. The decision of government
in respect of cadre allocation shall be final.
2. (A) CENTRES OF EXAMINATION: The
Examination will be held at the following
A H M E D A B A D , B A N G A L O R E , C H E N N A I ,
D E L H I , G U W A H A T I , K O L K A T A A N D
The centres and the date of holding the
examination as mentioned above are
liable to be changed at the discretion of
the Commission. While every effort will
be made to allot the candidates to the
centre of their choice for examination,
the Commission may, at their discretion
allot a different centre to a candidate,
w h e n c i r c u m s t a n c e s s o w a r r a n t .
Candidates admitted to the examination
will be informed of the time table and
place or places of examination.
T h e c a n d i d a t e s s h o u l d n o t e t h a t n o
r e q u e s t f o r c h a n g e o f c e n t r e w i l l b e
(B) PLAN OF EXAMINATION :
T h e I n d i a n P o l i c e S e r v i c e L i m i t e d
Competitive Examination will consist of
two successive stages:-
(i) Written Examination;
(ii) I n t e r v i e w f o r P e r s o n a l i t y f o r
The detail Plan of Examination including
the syllabi of Papers is given at AppendixI, Section-I & Section II of this Notice.
3. ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS:
( A ) T h e c a n d i d a t e s , w h o f u l f i l l t h e
following eligibility conditions would be
eligible for this Examination:
(a) must be a citizen of India or he/she
mu s t b e l o n g t o s u c h c a t e g o r y o f
persons as may be, from time to time,
be notified in this behalf by the Central
(b) h a v e c o m p l e t e d 0 5 y e a r s o f
c o n t i n u o u s a n d a c t u a l s e r v i c e a s
Deputy Superintendent of Police in
States under State Police Service or
Assistant Commandants in Central
Para Military Forces (Central Reserve
Police Service, Border Security Force,
I n d o T i b e t B o r d e r P o l i c e , Ce n t r a l
I n d u s t r i a l S e c u r i t y F o r c e a n d
Sashastra Seema Bal) or Officers of
t h e R a n k o f C a p t a i n o r M a j o r o r
equivalent in the Armed Forces.
(c) should have an unblemished service
(B) A candidate must not have attained
the age of 35 years on the 1
i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier
August, 1977. However, the upper
a g e l i m i t p r e s c r i b e d a b o v e w i l l b e
relaxable upto a maximum of 01 year for
O t h e r B a c k w a r d C l a s s e s c a t e g o r y
candidates and 02 years for candidates
b e l o n g i n g t o a S c h e d u l e d C a s t e o r
S c h e d u l e d T r i b e . T h e d a t e o f b i r t h
a c c e p t e d b y t h e C o m m i s s i o n i s t h a t
entered in the Matriculation or Secondary
S c h o o l L e a v i n g C e r t i f i c a t e o r i n a
c e r t i f i c a t e r e c o g n i z e d b y a n I n d i a n
University as equivalent to Matriculation
o r i n a n e x t r a c t f r o m a R e g i s t e r o f
Matriculates maintained by a University,
which must be cer t i f ied by the proper
authority of the University or in the Higher
Secondary or an equivalent examination
No other document relating to age like
horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from
Municipal Corporation, service records
and the like will be accepted.
T h e e x p r e s s i o n M a t r i c u l a t i o n / H i g h e r
Secondary Examination Certificate in this
p a r t o f t h e i n s t r u c t i o n i n c l u d e s t h e
alternative certificates mentioned above.
Note-I : Candidates should note that the
d a t e o f b i r t h a s r e c o r d e d i n t h e
Mat r iculat ion/ Secondary Examinat ion
Certificate or an equivalent Certificate will
only be accepted by Commission and no
subsequent request for its change will be
considered or granted.
Note-II: Candidates should also note that
once a date of birth has been claimed by
them and entered in the records of the
Commission for the purpose of admission
to an examinat ion, no change wi l l be
allowed subsequently (or at any other
examination of the Commission) on any
SAVE AS PROVIDED ABOVE THE AGE
LIMITS PRESCRIBED CAN IN NO CASE
(C) Every candidates appearing at the
examination who is otherwise eligible,
shall be permitted two attempts at this
examination which may be further relaxed
by one additional attempt in case of SC,
ST and OBC candidates.
(D) A candidate must hold a degree of any
of the Universities incorporated by an Act
of the Central or State Legislature in India
o r o t h e r e d u c a t i o n a l i n s t i t u t i o n s
established by an Act of Parliament or
declared to be deemed as a University
under Section 3 of the University Grants
Commission Act , 1956 or possess an
4. After the Notification of the Rules of the
Examination in the Gazette of India by the
Ministry of Home Affairs, the candidates
will have to submit their application within
the prescribed last date of application, to
the Union Public Service Commission in
t h e p r e s c r i b e d m a n n e r / p r o f o r m a a s
m e n t i o n e d i n p a r a 2 a b o v e . T h e
c a n d i d a t e s w i l l a l s o h a v e t o s u b m i t
s e p a r a t e l y a n o t h e r c o p y o f t h e i r
a p p l i c a t i o n t o U P S C t h r o u g h p r o p e r
channel, wherein their Cadre Controlling
Authorities will have to verify that they are
clear from vigilance angle and are having
requisite service of 05 years in the eligible
g r a d e s . T h e U n i o n P u b l i c S e r v i c e
Commission will initially consider eligibility
of a candidate in the Limited Competitive
Examination for recruitment in the Indian
Police Service on the basis of the Online
Appl icat ions submi t ted di rect ly by the
candidates. It may, however, be noted that
in case of non-receipt of their applications
through proper channel wi th el igibi l i ty
c o n d i t i o n s d u l y v e r i f i e d , wi l l r e s u l t i n
rejection of their candidature at a later
stage of the examination. The decision of
the Union Public Service Commission as
to the acceptance of the application of a
c a n d i d a t e a n d h i s / h e r e l i g i b i l i t y o r
o t h e r w i s e f o r a d m i s s i o n t o t h e
examination shall be final.
5 . T h e c a n d i d a t e s a p p l y i n g f o r t h e
examination should ensure that they fulfill
all the eligibility conditions for admission
to the examination. Their admission at all
the stages of examination for which they
are admitted viz. Written Examination and
Personality/Interview Tests will be purely
provisional subject to their satisfying the
p r e s c r i b e d e l i g i b i l i t y c o n d i t i o n s . I f o n
verification at any time before or after the
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Interview Test, it is found that they do not
f u l f i l l a n y o f t h e r e q u i s i t e e l i g i b i l i t y
c o n d i t i o n s ; t h e i r c a n d i d a t u r e f o r t h e
Examination shall be cancelled.
6. E-admission Certificates to the eligible
candidates will be issued by the Union
Public Service Commission. No candidate
will be admitted to the Examination unless
he/she holds a valid Admission Certificate
issued by the Commission.
7. A candidate who is or has been declared
by the Commission to be guilty of:-
( i ) O b t a i n i n g s u p p o r t f o r h i s / h e r
candidature by the following means,
(a) Offering illegal gratification to, or
(b) Applying pressure on, or
(c) Blackmailing, or threatening to
blackmail any person connected
with the conduct of examination,
(ii) Impersonating, or
(iii) P r o c u r i n g i m p e r s o n a t i o n b y a n y
(iv) Submitting fabricated documents, or
d o c u m e n t s w h i c h h a v e b e e n
tampered with, or
(v) Making statements which are incorrect
o r f a l s e o r s u p p r e s s i n g m a t e r i a l
(vi) Resorting to the following means in
connection with his/her candidature
for the examination, namely:
(a) obtaining copy of question paper
through improper means,
(b) finding out the particulars of the
persons connected with secret
work relating to the examination.
(c) influencing the examiners, or
(vii) U s i n g u n f a i r m e a n s d u r i n g t h e
(viii)Writing obscene matter or drawing
obscene sketches in the scripts, or
(ix) Misbehaving in the examination hall
i n c l u d i n g t e a r i n g o f t h e s c r i p t s
provoking fellow examinees to boycott
e x a m i n a t i o n , c r e a t i n g d i s o r d e r l y
scene and the like, or
(x) Harassing or doing bodily harm to the
staff employed by the Commission for
the conduct of their examinations, or
(xi) Being in possession of or using any
mobile phone, pager or any electronic
e q u i pme n t o r d e v i c e o r a n y o t h e r
equipment capable of being used as
a communication device during the
(xii) Violating any of the instructions issued
t o c a n d i d a t e s a l o n g w i t h t h e i r
admission certificates permitting them
to take the examination, or
(xiii)Attempting to commit or as the case
may be abetting the Commission of
all or any of the Acts specified in the
foregoing clauses may in addition to
r e n d e r i n g h ims e l f / h e r s e l f l i a b l e t o
criminal prosecution be liable –
(a) t o b e d i s q u a l i f i e d b y t h e
Commission from the examination
for which he/she is a candidate
(b) to be debarred either permanently
or for a specified period:
(i) by the Commission from any
examination or selection held
(ii) by the Central Government/
State Government from any
employment under them, and
for any discipl inary act ion
under the appropriate rules.
Provided that no penalty under these rules
shall be imposed except after:
(i) Giving the candidate an opportunity
o f ma k i n g s u c h r e p r e s e n t a t i o n , i n
writing as he/she may wish to make in
that behalf; and
(ii) T a k i n g t h e r e p r e s e n t a t i o n , i f a n y ,
submitted by the candidate within the
p e r i o d a l l o w e d t o h i m / h e r i n t o
8 . ( 1 ) C a n d i d a t e s w h o o b t a i n s u c h
minimum qualifying marks in the written
e x a m i n a t i o n a s m a y b e f i x e d b y t h e
Commission in their discretion shall be
called for the Interview for Personality Test
t o b e c o n d u c t e d b y t h e C o m m i s s i o n .
Candidates will be recommended by the
Commission as per the merit list drawn on
the basis of performance of candidates in
the Written Test and Interview.
8. (2) The Commission retains discretion
to fix minimum qualifying marks in any or
all of the papers at any stage and retains
discretion to evaluate conventional papers
o f o n l y t h o s e c a n d i d a t e s w h o s e c u r e
minimum qualifying marks in the objective
papers, as may be determined by the
Provided that candidates belonging to the
Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes
and the OBC categories may be called for
t h e I n t e r v i e w f o r P e r s o n a l i t y T e s t b y
a p p l y i n g r e l a x e d s t a n d a r d s , i f t h e
Commission is of the opinion that sufficient
n u m b e r o f c a n d i d a t e s f r o m t h e s e
categories are not likely to be called for
the Interview for Personality Test on the
basis of the general standard in order to fill
up the vacancies reserved for them.
9. (1) After the interview, the candidates
will be arranged by the Commission in
order of merit as disclosed by the aggregate
marks finally awarded to each candidate
and in that order so many candidates as
a r e f o u n d b y t h e C o m m i s s i o n t o b e
q u a l i f i e d a t t h e e x a m i n a t i o n s h a l l b e
recommended for appointment upto the
number of unreserved vacancies decided
to be filled on the result of the examination.
9. (2) The candidates belonging to any of
the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled
Tribes and the OBC may to the extent of
the number of vacancies reserved for the
Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes
and the OBC be recommended by the
Commission by a relaxed standard, subject
t o t h e f i t n e s s o f t h e s e c a n d i d a t e s f o r
selection to the Post.
Provided that the candidates belonging to
Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes
a n d t h e O B C w h o h a v e n o t a v a i l e d
themselves of any of the concessions or
relaxations in the eligibility or the selection
criteria, at any stage of the examination
and who af ter taking into account the
general qualifying standards are found fit
for recommendation by the Commission
shall not be recommended against the
vacancies reserved for the Scheduled
Castes, the Scheduled Tr ibes and the
1 0 . T h e f o r m a n d m a n n e r o f
c o m m u n i c a t i o n o f t h e r e s u l t o f t h e
examination to individual candidates shall
be decided by the Commission in their
discretion and the Commission will not
e n t e r i n t o c o r r e s p o n d e n c e w i t h t h e m
regarding the result.
11. A candidate must be in good mental
a n d b o d i l y h e a l t h a n d f r e e f r o m a n y
physical defect likely to interfere with the
discharge of his duties as an officer of the
s e r v i c e . A c a n d i d a t e , w h o a f t e r s u c h
medical examination as Government or the
appointing authority, as the case may be,
may prescribe, is found not to satisfy these
requirements will not be appointed. Any
candidate called for the Personality Test
by the Commission may be required to
u n d e r g o m e d i c a l e x a m i n a t i o n t o b e
conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
No fee shall be payable to the Medical
Board by the candidate for the medical
12. A candidate will be eligible to get the
benefit of community reservation only in
case the par t icular caste to which the
candidate belongs is included in the list of
r e s e r v e d c o m m u n i t i e s i s s u e d b y t h e
C e n t r a l G o v e r n m e n t . I f a c a n d i d a t e
indicates in his/her application form for the
Limited Competitive Examination for Indian
Pol ice Service that he/she belongs to
General Category but subsequently writes
t o t h e Commi s s i o n t o c h a n g e h i s / h e r
category, to a reserved one, such request
s h a l l n o t b e e n t e r t a i n e d b y t h e
While the above principle will be followed
in general, there may be a few cases where
there was a little gap (say 2-3 months)
between the issuance of a Government
N o t i f i c a t i o n e n l i s t i n g a p a r t i c u l a r
community in the list of any of the reserved
communities and the date of submission
of the application by the candidate. In such
cases the request of change of community
f r o m g e n e r a l t o r e s e r v e d m a y b e
considered by the Commission on merit.
The closing date fixed for the receipt of
the Online Application will be treated as
the date for determining the OBC status
(including that of creamy layer) of the
13. No person—
(a) who has entered into or contracted a
m a r r i a g e w i t h a p e r s o n h a v i n g a
spouse living, or
( b ) w h o , h a v i n g a s p o u s e l i v i n g , h a s
entered into or contracted a marriage
with any person, shall be eligible for
appointment to Service. Provided that
t h e C e n t r a l G o v e r n m e n t m a y , i f
s a t i s f i e d t h a t s u c h m a r r i a g e i s
permissible under the personal law
appl icable to such person and the
other party to the marriage and there
are other grounds for so doing, exempt
any person from the operation of this
14. The list of recommended candidates
would be forwarded by the Commission to
the Ministry of Home Affairs for issue of
offer of appointment with cadre allocation
in respect of the selected candidates who
are found medical ly f i t as per Medical
E x a m i n a t i o n s c a r r i e d o u t b y t h e
Government. The selected candidates
shall undergo training as decided by the
Government and will remain on probation
for a period of two years.
1 5 . I M P O R T A N T : A L L C O M M U N I -
CATIONS TO THE COMMISSION SHOULD
INVARIABLY CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING
1. N A M E A N D Y E A R O F T H E
2. REGISTRATION ID NUMBER (RID).
3. ROLL NUMBER (IF RECEIVED).
4. NAME OF CANDIDATE (IN FULL AND
IN BLOCK LETTERS).
5. COMPLETE POSTAL ADDRESS AS
GIVEN IN THE APPLICATION.
N . B . I . C O M M U N I C A T I O N N O T
C O N T A I N I N G T H E A B O V E
P A R T I C U L A R S M A Y N O T B E
N.B. II. CANDIDATES SHOULD ALSO
N O T E D O W N T H E I R A P P L I C A T I O N
F O R M N U M B E R F O R F U T U R E
REFERENCE. THEY MAY BE REQUIRED
T O I N D I C A T E T H E S A M E I N
C O N N E C T I O N W I T H T H E I R
C A N D I D A T U R E F O R T H E L I M I T E D
C O M P E T I T I V E E X A M I N A T I O N F O R
RECRUITMENT TO THE INDIAN POLICE
16. WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS:
NO REQUEST FOR WITHDRAWAL OF
C A N D I D A T U R E R E C E I V E D F R O M A
C A N D I D A T E A F T E R H E / S H E H A S
SUBMI T T ED HI S /HER A P P L ICA T ION
WILL BE ENTERTAINED UNDER ANY
UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
The Examination will comprise two components viz; Written Examination and Interview
for Personality Test.
The details of the Written Examination and Interview are given in the following table.
Paper I Objective Type 2 hours duration 200 Marks
Paper II Objective Type 2 hours duration 200 Marks
Paper III English Descriptive Type 3 hours duration 200 Marks
Paper IV Essay Descriptive Type 3 hours duration 200 Marks
Paper V General Descriptive Type 3 hours duration 200 Marks
Interview 200 Marks
Note 1: Total Marks for Written Examination and Interview will be 1000 marks.
Note 2* : Paper III is only qualifying in nature and the marks for Paper-III will not be
counted for merit ranking.
Note 3: The objective type papers will be qualifying in nature for evaluating Descriptive
Type Papers. However, marks obtained will be counted for merit ranking.
Scheme and Syllabus of the Written Examination for the Limited Competitive Examination for recruitment to the Indian Police Service
PLAN OF EXAMINATION
Note 4: In cases, where simultaneous evaluations of Papers III and IV / V are resorted
to for saving time, the Commission retains the discretion to treat the Papers IV and V of
such candidates who do not attain the qualifying standards for Paper-III as “deemed to
be not evaluated.”
(a) Papers I and II (Objective Type)
(i) Both the question papers will be objective type (multiple choice questions).
(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions
relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested
through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation
thereof in the question paper.
(iii) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section II.
(iv) There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below) for all
questions except some of the questions where the negative marking will be inbuilt
in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so
appropriate answer for such questions.
(a) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question
for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (33%) of
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Candidates may apply Online using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in. Salient
features of the system of Online Application Form are given hereunder:
❖ Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above
❖ Candidates will be required to complete the Online Application Form containing
various modules as per the instructions available in the above mentioned site
through drop down menus.
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CANDIDATES FOR FILLING ONLINE APPLICATIONS
❖ Before starting filling up of online application, a candidate must have his/her
photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that
each file size should not exceed 40KB each and must not be less than 3KB in size
for the photograph and 1KB for the signature.
❖ The Online applications can be filled from 3
March, 2012 to 1
April, 2012 till
11.59 p.m. after which link will be disabled.
❖ Candidates wanting to apply online are strongly advised to do so well in time
without waiting for last date for submission of online application.
(b) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer
even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same
penalty as above for that question.
(c) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be
no penalty for that question.
(B) Paper III, Paper IV and Paper V (Descriptive Type)
(a) Paper III :- English Language paper. This paper would be of Matriculation standard
and qualifying in nature only. Its marks will not be counted for preparation of merit
(b) Paper IV :- Essay paper. It will comprise two essays, one on security aspect and
the other on various developmental aspect of the society.
(c) Paper V:- General Studies paper covering various aspects like Elementary
Principles of Public Law, State Policy, Fundamental Rights, Human Rights, Disaster
Management, National Security etc.
(i) Syllabi of Descriptive Type Papers (Paper III, IV and V) are indicated in Part B of
(ii) The Essay Paper (Paper IV) and the General Studies Paper (Paper V)
(Descriptive Type) will have to be answered either in English or in Hindi.
Attempting answers in any other language or use of mixed language (i.e.
partly in Hindi and partly in English) is not permissible.
(iii) Candidates must write the papers in their own hand.
(iv) The Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers of
(v) 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/her. In extreme cases, the
paper may not be evaluated.
(vi) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
(vii) Credit will be given for orderly, effective, and exact expression combined with due
economy of words in all subjects of the examination.
(viii) In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
(ix) Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6 etc.) while answering question papers.
(x) Candidates must strictly follow directions/instructions given in the question paper(s).
(C) Interview for Personality Test
The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his
career. He 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 caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only
his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of
the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear
and logical exposition, balance of judgment, 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 specialized 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
SYLLABI FOR THE EXAMINATION
PAPERS OF OBJECTIVE TYPE
Paper I – (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
• Current events of national and international importance
• History of India and Indian National Movement
• Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic
Geography of India and the World.
• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj,
Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
• Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
• General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change -
that do not require subject specialization
• General Science.
Paper II-(200 marks) Duration : Two hours
• Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
• Logical reasoning and analytical ability
• Decision making and problem solving
• General mental ability
• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X
level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X
• English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
Note : Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level
(last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English
language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
PAPERS OF DESCRIPTIVE TYPE
Paper III : English (200 marks / 3 hours duration) :- This will be a qualifying test only
of Matriculation or equivalent standard.
The aim of the paper is to test the candidate’s ability to read and understand serious
discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English.
The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows (indicative only) :—
(i) Comprehension of given passages;
(ii) Precis Writing;
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary;
(iv) Paragraphs writing;
Note I : Answer to all questions in this Paper will have to be attempted in English only.
Paper IV : Essay ( 200 Marks/ three hours duration)
Candidates will be required to write two Essays. One topic will pertain to Indian Society/
politics/ Economy/Development, Growth and related aspects. The other topic will pertain
to security and related matters. Candidates 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.
Paper V : General Studies (200 Marks/ three hours duration)
The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s awareness of a variety of subjects
and are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and
ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and
demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.
Note : This paper can be answered by the Candidates either in English or in Hindi.
Attempting answers in any other language or use of ‘mixed’ language (i.e. partly in
English and partly in Hindi) is not permissible.
a) A brief idea about History and Geography of India.
b) Constitution of India and Indian Polity:
This par t wi l l include quest ions on the Const i tut ion of India, as wel l as al l
constitutional, legal, administrative and other issues emerging from the politicoadministrative system prevalent in the country.
c) Current National Issues and Topics of Social Relevance :
This part is intended to test the Candidate’s awareness of current National issues
and topics of social relevance in the present-day India, such as the following :
(i) The Indian economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources,
growth, development and employment.
(ii) Issues arising from the social and economic exclusion of large sections from
the benefits of development.
(iii) Other issues relating to the development and management of human resource.
(iv) Health issues including the management of Public Health, Health education
and ethical concerns regarding health-care.
(v) Law enforcement, internal security and related issues such as the preservation
of communal harmony.
(vi) Issues relating to good governance and accountability to the citizens including
the maintenance of human rights, and of probity in public life.
(vii) Envi ronmental issues, ecological preservat ion, conservat ion of natural
resources and national heritage.
d) India’s diversity, unity amidst diversity and pluralism as a part of the functioning of
Indian Society. Conflicts due to political, economic, social and cultural reasons.
e) Democratic rights and privileges of citizens. Emerging social changes/trends
relevant to governance.
f) National Security: Structure and functions of Defence Forces, Para Military Forces
and Police. Origin, growth and dimensions of fundamentalism, militancy and
terrorism. Local, regional, national and international dimensions of organized crime
and terrorism; and efforts at countering them. “White-collar” and cyber crime, money
launder ing and tax-havens. Technology in cr ime detect ion, prevent ion and
investigation, including forensics. Weapons and weapons training that a uniformed
of f icer should be aware of . Food secur i ty, energy secur i ty, water secur i ty,
technological self-reliance as a part of security objectives, Disaster Management
including natural and man made disasters.
h) Statistical Analysis, graph and diagrams : This part will test the candidate’s ability
to draw conclusions f rom informat ion presented in Stat ist ical , graphical or
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response. Ink pen or pencil should not be used for blackening the circle on the
For example, if the correct answer to item 1 is (b), then the circle containing the
letter (b) is to be completely blackened with black/blue ball pen as shown below :-
11. Signature on Attendance List
You are required to write the serial number of the Answer Sheet and Test Booklet
and Series of Test Booklet issued to you on the Attendance List and to sign in
appropriate column against your name. Any change or correction in these particulars should be authenticated by the candidate by putting his signatures.
12. Please read and abide by the instructions on the cover of Test Booklet. If any
candidate indulges in disorderly or improper conduct, he will render himself liable
for disciplinary action and/or imposition of a penality as the Commission may
13. The candidates are not allowed to leave the Examination Hall before the expiry of
prescribed time period of the examination.
How to fill in the Answer Sheet of objective type tests in the Examination Hall
Please follow these instructions very carefully. You may note that since the Answer
Sheets are to be evaluated on machine, any violation of these instructions may result in
reduction of your score for which you would yourself be responsible.
Before you mark your responoses on the Answer Sheet, you will have to fill in various particulars in it.
As soon as the candidate receives the Answer Sheet, he/she should check that it is
numbered at the bottom. If it is found unnumbered he/she should at once get it replaced by
a numbered one.
You will see from the Answer Sheet that you will have to fill in the top line, which reads
dsUÊ fo”k; fo”k; dksM
Centre Subject S. Code Roll Number
If you are, say, appearing for the examination in Delhi Centre for the General Studies
Paper and your Roll No. is 081276 and your Test Booklet series is `A’, you should fill in
thus, using ball pen.
*This is just illustrative and may not be relevant to the Examination concerned.
dsUÊ fo”k; fo”k; dksM
Centre Delhi Subject General S. Code Roll Number
You should write with black/blue ball pen the name of the centre and subject in English
The test Booklet Series is incidated by Alphabets A, B, C, or D at the top right hand corner
of the Booklet.
Write your Roll Numbers exactly as it is in your Admission Certificate in the boxes
provided for this purpose. Do not omit any zero(s) which may be there.
The next step is to find out the approriate subject code from the Time Table. Now encode
the Test Booklet Series, Subject Code and the Roll Number in the circles provided for
this purpose. Do the encoding with black/blue ball pen. The name of the Centre need not
Writing and encoding of Test Booklet Series is to be done after receiving the Test
Booklet and confirming the Booklet Series from the same.
For General Ability subject paper of `A’ Test Booklet Series you have to encode the
subject code, which is 99. Do it thus.
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Booklet Series (A) Subject 9 9
All that is required is to blacken completely the circle
marked `A’ below the Booklet Series and below the subject code blacken completely the Circles for “9″ (in the first
vertical column) and “9″ (in the second verticle column).
You should then encode the Roll No. 081276. Do it thus
Important : Please ensure that you have carefully encoded your subject, Test Booklet series and Roll Number.
*This is just illustrative and may not be relevant to your Examination.
davp 55104/14/0055/0910 EN
0 8 1 2 7 6
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➂ ➂ ➂ ➂ ➂ ➂
➃ ➃ ➃ ➃ ➃ ➃
➄ ➄ ➄ ➄ ➄ ➄
➅ ➅ ➅ ➅ ➅ ●
➆ ➆ ➆ ➆ ● ➆
➇ ● ➇ ➇ ➇ ➇
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1. Articles permitted inside Examination Hall
Clip board or hard board (on which nothing is written), a good quality black/blue
ball pen for making responses on the Answer Sheet. Answer Sheet and sheet for
rough work will be supplied by the Invigilator.
2. Articles not permitted inside Examination Hall
Do not bring into the Examination Hall any article other than those specified
above, e.g., books, notes, loose sheets, electronic or any other type of calculators,
mathematical and drawing instruments, Log Tables, stencils of maps, slide rules,
Test Booklets, rough sheets pertaining to earlier session(s), etc.
Mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed
inside the premises where the examination is being conducted. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from
Candiates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned
items including mobile phones, pagers to the vanue of the examination, as
arrangements for safekeeping cannot be assured.
3. Penalty for wrong Answers
THERE WILL BE PENALTY (NEGATIVE MARKING) FOR WRONG ANSWERS
MARKED BY A CANDIDATE IN THE OBJECTIVE TYPE QUESTION PAPERS.
(i) There are four alternatives for the answer to every question. For each question
for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of
the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer
even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be same
penalty as above for that question.
(iii) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no
penalty for that question.
4. Unfair means strictly prohibited
No candidates shall copy from the papers of any other candidate nor permit his
papers to be copied nor give nor attempt to give not obtain nor attempt to obtain
irregular assistance of any description.
5. Conduct in Examination Hall
No candidates should misbehave in any manner or create disorderly scene in the
Examination Hall or harass the staff employed by the Commission for the conduct
of the examination. Any such misconduct will be severely penalised.
6. Answer Sheet particulars
(i) Write in black/blue ball pen your Centre and subject followed by Test Booklet
series (in bracket), subject code and roll number at the appropriate space provided on the Answer Sheet at the top. Also encode your booklet series (A, B, C or
D, as the case may be), subject code and roll number with black/blue ball pen in
the circles provided for the purpose in the Answer Sheet. The guidelines for writing the above particulars and for encoding the above particulars are given in
Annexure. In case the booklet series is not printed on the Test Booklet or Answer
Sheet is un-numbered, please report immediately to the Invigilator and get the
Test Booklet/Answer Sheet replaced.
(ii) All corrections and changes in writing the roll number must be initialed by the
candidates as well as by the Invigilator and countersigned by the Supervisor.
(iii) Immediately after commencement of the examination please check that the
Test Booklet supplied to you does not have any unprinted or torn or missing pages
or items etc. If so, get it replaced by a complete Test Booklet of the same series and
7. Do not write your name or anything other than the specific items of information
asked for, on the Answer Sheet/Test Booklet/sheet for rough work.
8. Do not fold or mutilate or damage or put any extraneous marking in the Answer
Sheet. Do not write anything on the reverse of the Answer Sheet.
9. Since the Answer Sheets will be evaluated on computerised machines, candidates should exercise due care in handling and filling up the Answer Sheets.
They should use black/blue ball pen only to darken the circles. For writing in
boxes, they should use blue or black ball pen. Since the entries made by the
candidates by darkening the circles will be taken into account while evaluating
the Answer Sheets on computerised machines, they should make these entries very carefully and accurately.
The candidate must mark responses in the Answer Sheet with good quality
black/blue ball pen.
10. Method of marking answers
In the “OBJECTIVE TYPE” of examination, you do not write the answers. For each
question (hereinafter referred to as “Item”) several suggested answers (hereinafter referred to as “Responses”) are given. You have to choose one response to
The question paper will be in the Form of TEST BOOKLET. The booklet will contain item bearing numbers 1, 2, 3 ………… etc. Under each item, Responses marked
(a), (b), (c), (d) will be given. Your task will be to choose the correct response. If you
think there is more than one correct response, then choose what you consider the
In any case, for each item you are to select only one response. If you select more
than one response, your response will be considered wrong.
In the Answer Sheet, Serial Nos. from 1 to 160 are printed. Against each numbers,
there are circles marked (a), (b), (c) and (d). After you have read each item in the
Test Booklet and decided which one of the given responses is correct or the best,
you have to mark your response by completely blackening to indicate your
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1. Answers to be written in own hand
Write the answers in your own hand in ink. Pencil may be used for rough work.
2. Check Answer Book
The candidate must write his/her roll number (and not his/her name) only in the space
provided for the purpose on every answer book used by him/her. Before writing in the
answer book, please see that it is complete. In case there are any missing pages, it
should be got replaced.
Do not tear out any pages from the Answer Book. If you use more than one Answer
Book, indicate on the cover of first Answer Book the total number of Answer Books
used. Do not leave any blank, unused spaces between answers. If such spaces are
left, score them out.
3. Answers in excess of prescribed number will be ignored
The candidate must attempt questions strictly in accordance with the directions given
on each question paper. If questions are attempted in excess of the prescribed number
only the questions attempted first up to the prescribed number shall be valued and the
remaining answers will be ignored.
4. Questions relating to precis should be attempted only on precis sheets to be supplied
APPENDIX – IV
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONVENTIONAL TYPE OF PAPERS
on demand by the Invigilators. Precis sheet, whether used or not, should be placed
inside the answer books and fastened along with the additional answer book(s), if any.
Candidates who fail to observe this instruction will be penalized. Do not write your roll
number on these sheets.
5. Unfair means strictly prohibited
Do not copy from the papers of any other candidate nor allow your papers to be copied
nor give nor attempt to give nor obtain nor attempt to obtain irregular assistance of any
description. It will be the responsibility of every candidate to ensure that his/her answers
are not copied by another candidate. Failure to do so will invite penalty, as may be
awarded by the Commission for adoption of unfair means.
6. Conduct in Examination Hall
Do not misbehave in any manner or create disorderly scene in the examination hall or
harass or bodily harm the staff deployed for the conduct of examination.
You will be severely penalized if you attempt to do so.
7. Please read carefully and abide by the instructions printed on the Question Paper
and on the Answer Book supplied in the Examination Hall.
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