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  • What is UPSC age/attempt criteria
  • General category

    Attempt Limit


    Age Limit

    32 Years

  • Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school / University apply for UPSC Examination?
  • Yes, provided it is recognized University and she/he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.
  • Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at graduate/ PG Level?
  • Yes.He /She Can
  • If a candidate has applied for the CS (P) Examination but has not appeared in any paper in the CS(P) Examination, will it be counted as an attempt?
  • No. An attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one of the papers in the CS(P) Examination.
  • Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?
  • As per revised guidelines, Candidates have the option to choose languages for optional exam and GS papers. A student can keep same or different language for both.
  • Can a Candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?
  • Yes, a candidate can choose different language for mains and interview.
  • What is the functional Area of JATF?
  • We assist bright and talented aspirants to prepare for civil services examination conducted by UPSC and State PSC.
  • I am doing my graduation/class XII, can I apply?
  • You should have completed your graduation and should belong to age group of 21 to 28 years Only then you can apply. However, if you are a Final year student, you can apply, but final year marksheet submission is compulsory before the Interview date of CET.
  • How many attempts are available for JATF CET?
  • There is no restriction in CET attempts.
  • Can I simultaneously study some other course too?
  • No, JATF only supports concentrated efforts. Hence, it allows Civil Services preparation only and no other course or parallel job is allowed.
  • I want to do part time job along with civil services study in JATF?
  • We do not support any student who is in service / job so we provide training and coaching to full time students only.
  • Can I be expelled out of JATF?
  • Your admission can be cancelled on account of the following reasons or on breach of the standard rules & regulations of JATF:

    • If you do not follow rules laid by JATF.

    • If your performance is at suboptimal level.

    • Canvassing during the admission process Use of fraudulent means for admission.

  • Where do I get coaching?
  • JATF provides the best coaching facilities to each of its aspirants. Depending on the subject, you are given the appropriate coaching either in-house or from a leading professional class.
  • Does JATF have separate hostels for boys and girls?
  • We have hostels at four cities viz, Delhi, Jaipur, Indore and Pune. Facilities are distinctly provided for boys and girls separately but in the same building and it is under strict surveillance.
  • Can I stay with my relatives / siblings at the centre?
  • No, You cannot stay with relatives or siblings.
  • How can I get Admission in JATF?
  • Selection of students for JATF Centre is only upon the merit of joint score points awarded on the basis of past academic records, Common Entrance Examination (CET) and the subsequent interview test. CET is generally held during the month of April or May every year and Paper level is that of 12th class NCERTs standard.
  • CET Procedure
  • 1. For Registration Visit our

    2. Read carefully all the instructions before registration and keep handy all the documents and photos.

    3. Fill in all requisite columns of the registration form.

    4. Once registration is over, you will get a mail and SMS with a login id and password on your registered mail id and mobile number that "You have successfully submitted your application",

    5. Save email id and mobile no for future use.

    6. If you have not received a password, first check in your "spam mail" or you reset your password by choosing "forgot password" option.

    7. You will get confirmation by e-mail and SMS to download admit card, you can download your admit card (Generally before 10-15 days of examination)

    8. In case you want to change your examination centre please choose pop-up and select the desired examination centre

    9. You can always refer download section for Sample test papers of past examinations.

  • What is the syllabus for CET examination?
  • Syllabus is same as UPSC prelims exam. More over basic questions will be asked.

    Syllabus for CET

    • 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

    • Comprehension.

    • 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 level)


  • There will be 150 Questions

    GS – 100

    CSAT – 50

    Timing 3hr

    One third negative marking for wrong answer.

    After this paper, half an hour essay paper will be held.

  • What is the standard way for Preparation of UPSC
    • Standard Reference books (SRB): Mainly NCERT’s from class 6 -12 should be thoroughly revised.
    •  Newspaper (The Hindu/Indian express)
    • Magazines ( Yojana, kurushetra, Vision IAS/ Insights IAS/ IAS baba or any other coachings monthly magazine)
    • Internet(IAS BABA,Insight IAS,etc)
    • Your own notes
  • How many optional subjects I have to choose?
  • Only one optional paper has to be taken.
  • Is there any negative marking in the exam?
  • Prelims exam has a negative marking of one-third. If a student doesn't attempt the question then it will not be considered for valuation. Mains Exam being subjective in nature, so no negative marking is applicable.
  • What is the cut-off for preliminary exam?
  • As it is a competitive exam, there is no fix cut off marks. It varies every year, depending upon the number of vacancies & level of paper.
  • When is the Exam held?
  • Prelims exams are held in June and Mains Exams are held in Oct.
  • Are the prelims marks added in the final marking?
  • No, prelims exams are just qualifying exam for writing the mains.
  • What is the nature of paper of prelims exam?
  • There will two papers of 200 marks each and of 2 hours each. Paper-1 will be of GS consisting of 100 questions and Paper 2 will be of CSAT consisting of 80 questions.
  • Can you please elaborate the standard way of preparation?
  • Although there is no fixed strategy to prepare for UPSC, there are some steps which you can adopt to make your concepts clear.

    You need five set of Strategy:

    1. Standard Reference books (SRB): The most important part of your preparation is to refer NCERT books. NCERTs are important because many questions in the preliminary exam, are directly or indirectly asked from them � History, geography, science, and economics. If you�re appearing for State PSC exams, then use NCERTs and also Use State Education Board textbooks (History, Geography, Social Science). They are designed with the main objective of explaining the underlying concept/principle of topic.
    2. Newspaper
  • Why is it important to read the newspaper?
  • Because in the Civil Services exams, at all three stages (preliminary, Mains and interview), questions related to current affairs are asked. To write a decent essay, you need facts and viewpoints. For this you need "Fodder", points and newspapers are best sources for the fodder material.
  • Which are the most recommended newspapers?
  • The Hindu, Indian Express, Business Standard, Economic Times, are some of the most important papers that should be referred to.
  • How Much time should be given in reading newspapers?
  • There is no fix timing for reading paper. It all depends upon your speed and understanding. But atleast 1-2 hours is suggested.
  • Can I just use Vision IAS/ Insights IAS/ IAS baba or any other coachings monthly magazine?
  • Such magazines only serve as "supplement" and not as "substitute" for the newspapers. Why? Because the magazines have the page limit, they cannot give justice to every single topic, even if they wish to.
  • What are the important items in a newspaper?
  • First go through the old question papers of UPSC (at least last three years), that will give you a rough idea about what questions are asked directly or indirectly from newspaper. And then read the newspaper keeping that in mind.

    Press conference of government, Various bills, minutes of Cabinet meetings. The big full-page advertisements given by govt, about their achievements, Election related items.

  • What is not important?
  • Press conferences of political parties, Railway accidents, how many killed, How many killed in floods, landslides or tsunamis on which date ,When and How many men did leopards kill in Maharashtra, Daily Ups and downs of share market.

    3) Magazines:

    A) Yojana and Kurukshetra: They are released by the Government. Yojana deals with socio- economic issues, poverty, water sanitation, women empowerment etc. Kurukshetra deals mainly with rural Development.

    B) Vision IAS/ Insights IAS/ IAS baba or any other coachings monthly magazine.

    C) Frontline, EPW, The Economist, Outlook, They provide fodder material for essay, interview. These are all �secondary reference� D) INDIA YEAR BOOK E) ECONOMIC SURVEY etc

  • Do I need to follow more than one Competitive Magazine?
  • Any One magazine is sufficient. More than one magazine = overlapping and over killing of time.

    4) Internet:

    Internet is required for “Follow up Action “on particular topic of current affairs.

    Similarly, to find out the timeline/background of a topic, you’ll need to goggle.

    You’ll need to visit official sites of various ministry

    You’ll need to keep an eye on

    You’ll need to download IGNOU pdfs from as per your requirements.

    But as usual, you should digest, process and make note out of it. Otherwise merely saving 10 articles per day in your hard disk won’t help you.

  • 5) Your Own notes:
  • Syllabus of UPSC exam is extremely large so you have to make your own notes for each subject. It is the best way of learning and revising.

    Types of Notes:

    1. Notes on Margin: Basically you highlight important lines in a book and then write some important summary/keywords/phrases on the margins of every book page.
    2. Handwritten Notes: Made from Newspapers, standard reference books, magazines, websites.
    3. Readymade Notes:
    4. Notes of Toppers: You can find notes of previous years' toppers. Such notes give you inspiration and indirect hints on "the Art of notes making." You will find some good facts and fodder in such notes.

    Readymade Coaching class notes and Material: It can be of two types

    1. Static = dealing with theoretical part of GS or optional (History, Geography, literature.)
    2. Current affairs
  • Is it necessary to join any coaching Institute for coaching?
  • No, it�s not necessary, but coaching can sharpen your skill & decide what is important and urgent.
  • What is the current pattern of the Civil Services Examination?
  • Civil Services Examination is a 3-stage examination held every year.

    Stage 1 – Preliminary Test

    Stage 2 – Main Exam

    Stage 3 – Personality Test / Interview

  • What is the Preliminary Test?
  • Stage 1 – Preliminary Test – consists of objective questions with penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers.

    Paper 1 – General Studies (200 marks) 2 hours

    Paper 2 – CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) (200 marks) 2 hours

    There is a cut-off in the Preliminary Test which varies every year and is decided by the UPSC.

  • What is the Main Examination?
  • The Main Exam (Subjective papers of 1750 marks) consists of 9 papers which are usually held from early in Oct or Nov for around 5 days.
  • What is the Interview or Personality Test stage?
  • Students who qualify for Interview are called by the UPSC in March or April. The Interviews usually start 2-3 weeks after the Main Exam results are announced.
  • What is the competition level in UPSC Civil Services Examination?
  • Every year, in the month of June, the 1st stage (Preliminary Test) of the Civil Services Examination is held. The number of students aspiring for the UPSC Civil Services has gone up to more than 600,000 who fill the form and the number of people appearing in the preliminary exam is almost 400,000. Out of the 4 lakh candidates appearing in the Preliminary Examination, the number of candidates qualifying is dependent on the number of vacancies in the Civil Services advertised that year. To give an example, if the advertisement is for 1000 vacancies, then about 12,000 candidates would be called (qualified) by the UPSC to appear in the Main exam & the number of candidates who will qualify the Main examination to appear in the Interview would be about 2500.
  • why coaching is important?
  • For UPSC preparation no need of coaching but as a fresher u won't be having clear ideas about what to read and how much to read, and about notes preparation. Moreover coaching provides you a daily routine so you follow a daily timetable which is very important in this examination.
  • Many a time it is seen that students preparing from past 3 to 4 years are unable to clear the exam, then how can I clear in my first attempt?
  • The idea behind those students not clearing the exam from past 3 to 4 years is their weakness in a particular field like they may be weak in their optional subject or they might be weak in scoring in mains

    Or unable to clear the prelims itself, so the thumb rule for this exam is do not compare your studies with others.

  • Is it possible to clear this exam in first attempt?
  • YES, you can easily clear this exam in your first attempt itself, provided you are very serious throughout your preparation. Many examples are there in this regard like 2016 topper Tina daabi.
  • How to apply for Examinations conducted by UPSC?
  • Candidates can apply online for UPSC conducted Examinations by accessing the online portal hosted on the UPSC’s website(
  • What is the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination?
  • UPSC conducts Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other Central Services and posts in accordance with the Rules published by the Government (Department of Personnel & Training) in the Gazette of India Extraordinary. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible to appear in the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination
  • Is there negative marking at Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination?
  • Candidates should note that there is penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers. There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. (i) 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 is deducted as penalty. (ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it is 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. (iii) If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.
  • What are the minimum educational qualifications prescribed?
  • The candidate must hold a degree from any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or any other educational institution 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 equivalent qualification.
  • What are the eligibility criteria in terms of physical requirements/ functional classification required for a Service/ Post?
  • The physically disabled candidates shall also be required to meet eligibility criteria in terms of physical requirements/functional classification (abilities/disabilities) consistent with the requirements of the identified Service/Post as may be prescribed by its Cadre Controlling Authorities. The details of physical requirement and functional classification are given in the Rules of Examination.
  • Which is the language / medium of question papers?
  • classification required for a Service/ Post?

    The physically disabled candidates shall also be required to meet eligibility criteria in terms of physical requirements/functional classification (abilities/disabilities) consistent with the requirements of the identified Service/Post as may be prescribed by its Cadre Controlling Authorities. The details of physical requirement and functional classification are given in the Rules of Examination.

  • Which is the language / medium of question papers?
  • The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) are set in Hindi and English.
  • Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?
  • No, the Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth Schedule languages except the Qualifying Language papers Paper?A and Paper?B, which they have indicated at the time of filling up of their online application form for Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination.
  • How are the Question Papers for the Civil Services (Main) Examination structured? What is the duration of each paper?
  • The question papers for the examination are of conventional (essay) type. Each paper are of three hours duration.
  • Can a candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?
  • The candidates, opting for Indian Language medium for the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination may choose either the same Indian Language or English or Hindi as the medium for the interview. The candidates, opting to write the Civil Services (Main) Examination in English, may choose either English or Hindi or any other Indian Language opted by them for the compulsory Indian Language Paper in the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, as the medium for interview. The candidate has to indicate the language medium of their interview at the time of filling up of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) However, the candidates, who are exempted from the compulsory Indian Language Paper, will have to choose either English or Hindi as medium of Interview of Personality Test.
  • What are the Cutoff Marks for the compulsory language Papers?
  • The minimum qualifying standards in each of the two Qualifying Papers i.e. English and Indian Languages is indicated in the examination Rules, is at present 25%.
  • What marks are reckoned for merit ranking in the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination?
  • Marks obtained by the candidates for the Papers I?VII only will be counted for merit ranking (of those candidates who obtain the specified minimum marks in the qualifying papers). However, the Commission has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.
  • What is JSM?
  • JSM means "JATF Self Mode". Admission will be on paid basis and no subsidy will be provided in coaching
  • How to take admission under it?
  • For this you have to give the CET exam
  • What is the deposit and fee structure?
  • Security deposit is rupees 30000/- and rent is rupees 10000/-per month.
  • What are the facilities provided under it?
  • Facilities include lodging/Boarding and coaching.
  • Are the facilities same or different from CET selected students?
  • For CET selected students coaching facility is provided at subsidized rate . JATF will pay 70% of the coaching Fee whereas for JSM students no subsidy will be provided for coachings, however for some subjects in house coaching facility are provided which they can avail .
  • How long one can stay there under JSM system?
  • Minimum locking period is six months.
  • Do the JSM students fall under exit policy as they are paid one?
  • If anybody breaches the discipline and decorum of JATF, there is no difference in exit policy for CET and JSM students.