Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

No. Mere applying for the Exam is not considered as an attempt.

Let’s take a scenario where ‘Mr X’ has applied for the Exam, has downloaded the hall ticket and goes to the exam centre and even sits inside the exam hall. But at the last moment before signing the attendance sheet, has second thought and leaves the examination hall. This is not considered as an attempt J

But, the moment you sign attendance sheet of PRELIMS exam for even a single paper (Say, GS I or II) you exhaust one attempt.

No. Prelims examination is meant to serve as a screening test only. Once you qualify Prelims, what you have scored before does not matter in Mains.

No. Your attempt for Civil service exam and Forest exam are counted separately. Even if you have exhausted all your CSE attempts, you can appear for IFS. They are two ‘separate’ recruitments. Only the 1st stage of the exam -prelims is common. Even the application form will have separate columns for CSE and IFoS.

No. Only when you appear for Mains, you need to send its photocopy to UPSC. Original needs to be produced only in the Interview.