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General
1. What is the restriction on number of attempts in Commission?s Examinatio
ns? Number of attempts :-
Civil Service Examination - General-4, OBC-7, SC/ST- No restriction
IFS Examination- General-4, OBC-7, SC/ST-No restriction
There is no restriction on number of attempts in any other Examination conducted
by the Commission.
2. Is there any relaxation in number of attempts for physically handicapp
ed? No. However physically handicapped candidates belonging to SC, ST and OB
C categories will be eligible for relaxation in number of attempts provided to s
uch categories.
3. Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ Uni
versity apply for Commission?s Examination? Yes, provided it is a recognized
University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exa
m and is otherwise eligible
4. Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of
states but not in the Central list of OBCs is eligible for age relaxation, rese
rvation etc. for Commission?s Examinations? No. Only candidates belonging to
communities which are included in the Central list of OBC?s are eligible for su
ch concessions.
Civil Service Examination
1. Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at
graduate/PG level? Yes.
2. Is it necessary for a candidate to take the same optional subject in t
he Main Exam, which he had taken in the prelims Examination? No.
3. If a candidate has applied for the CS (P) Examination but has not appear
ed at 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 pap
er in CS (P) Examination.
4. Is a candidate who has done his graduation without passing class X and c
lass X11 eligible for Civil Service Examination? Yes.
5. Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examinati
on in different languages? No, Candidates have the option to write their an
swers either in English or in any one of the Eighth schedule languages.
6. Can a candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English an
d take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language? If a candidate o
pts an Eighth schedule language for the CS (Main) Examination he will have the o
ption to take the interview in same language or in English.
Engineering Service Examination
1. Is a candidate possessing Engineering degree in Production Engineering/
Chemical Engineering eligible for the Engineering Service Examination? A candid
ate possessing a degree in Engineering in any discipline is eligible for taking
Engineering Service Examination.
Combined Medical Services Examination
1. Whether candidates having Degree in BDS or in Ayurvadic/ Unani systems o
f medicines are eligible for CMS Examination No. Only candidates having an MB
BS Degree or studying in final year of MBBS course are eligible.
Other Important FAQs
1.

After the written examination, on what criterion is the answer books sent for ev
aluation? Is it on Roll no. basis or based on centre of examination? That is, w
ill a particular examiner/set of examiners get to evaluate answer books only of
a particular center or a particular group of Roll nos.?

Mixing of the answer books received from different venues is done before sending
them for evaluation. Computer-based randomized fictitious code no. is given to
each answer-book before evaluation.
2

Are answer books segregated/sorted based on community of the candidate?

This is not done at any stage of the evaluation process.


3

Is it likely that my evaluated performance suffers because my answer books were


evaluated by a ?strict? examiner, while another candidate benefits as his answer
books were evaluated by a ?liberal? examiner?

The Paper Setter, who is an eminent person in his field, normally acts as the He
ad Examiner, and wherever the number of candidates in a particular subject is ve
ry large, the Commission appoints Additional Examiners for valuation of answer b
ooks.
To achieve uniformity in valuation, where more than one Examiner is involved, t
he Commission arranges a meeting of the Head Examiner with the Additional Examin
ers after the Examination is over. At this stage, they discuss thoroughly the qu
estion paper, the appropriate answers and decide the standard of evaluation.
To further bring about uniformity of assessment inter se the Examiners, the foll
owing procedure is undertaken:
The Head Examiner conducts a sample survey of answer books of each Additional Ex
aminer to verify whether the uniform standards of evaluation evolved in the meet
ing of Examiners have actually been followed. Depending on the standard adopted
by the Additional Examiner, the Head Examiner may confirm the awards without any
change if the Examiner has correctly followed the standard decided upon, or may
carry out upward / downward moderation as considered necessary to ensure maximu
m possible degree of uniformity in the evaluation process.
Therefore, the aspect of inter examiner variation in standards of evaluation in
a Paper affecting candidates? performance is taken care of adequately.
4

Can I know the ?question-wise? marks awarded to me for a paper?


In a competitive examination, what is relevant is not the absolute performance o
f a candidate, but his/her relative performance that in fact determines whether
the candidate qualifies and , if so, his/her position in the merit list. Accord
ingly, as already explained above, the evaluation process does not end after ini
tial evaluation by an Examiner. Moderation, wherever applied, is on the total aw
ard initially given (the so-called ?raw marks?) and not on question-wise basis.
Therefore, once the evaluation process is complete, neither ?raw marks? nor ?que
stion-wise? marks subsist. What subsists is the candidate?s total score in a pap
er awarded at the end of the evaluation process and this award is normally made
available to the candidate in due course on the Commission?s website through a q
uery-based application software.
5.

Are there any open Examinations where subject-wise/paper wise marks of each cand
idate are not made accessible/available to him/her?

Yes; in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination


This is because the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is simply and purel
y a shortlisting/elimination exercise to select candidates for the Main Examinat
ion and as such the scores obtained in this Examination are not communicated to
candidates.
6

Can I know the marks of other candidates who took the Examination from the Commi
ssion?

It is important to remember though a Constitutional Body, the Commission?s role


is advisory. The Examinations it conducts are for recommending candidates to Gov
ernment based on clear requisitions received from Government. Therefore, as rega
rds those who have finally qualified in an Examination, the detailed results, ap
plication/biodata forms of all such are sent to the concerned Ministry/Departmen
t for all further processing. Therefore, once these results are sent to the conc
erned Ministry/Department, the concerned Ministry/Department becomes the natural
and proper custodian of these results and it would only perhaps be proper for q
ueries pertaining to the results of qualified candidates to be addressed to the
concerned Ministry/Department.
As regards candidates who do not qualify finally, the right of information of a
citizen has to be balanced against the right of privacy of an unsuccessful candi
date who has not qualified for appointment to public service. The feedback recei
ved by the Commission shows that there are candidates who do not want their mark
s to be in the public domain. While a case can be made out for having the marks
of those who qualified finally for public appointment in the public domain, no
such public interest argument can be invoked for candidates who have not qualifi
ed and there is no reason why such candidates? scores should willy-nilly be forc
ed into the public domain.
7.

If the overall marks of two or more candidates are equal, how is relative merit
between such candidates decided?
?Tie-breaking? principles are applied to decide inter se merit among candidates
having the same overall marks. The principles adopted for each Examination are g
iven in attached Annexure.
8

Wherever evaluation standards are set or moderation is applied, are these differ
ent for different mediums (languages) in which a particular subject/paper Examin
ation is written?

No. The evaluation standards/moderation for a Paper are not medium-specific. In


other words, if the Rules of the Exam provide that a Paper can be written in any
of ,say, English/Hindi/a recognized Indian language; then the medium in which a
candidate writes the Paper will not be a factor in determining evaluation stand
ards or the moderation to be applied.
9

Is it possible that evaluation/assessment could be affected by the knowledge of


a candidate?s identity?

No. Before evaluation, the Roll no. written on every answer book is detached and
computer-based randomized fictitious code no. is given. At no stage of the eval
uation process
( including the moderation stage) is the actual Roll no./identity of the candida
te known to any of the Examiners/officials associated in the process.
Disclaimer : The contents above are only indicative in nature and meant for gene
ral information. These are not meant to either supplant or supplement relevant e
xisting Rules/orders/procedures.
Annexure
TIE PRINCIPLES - Wherever the two or more candidates have secured equal aggrega
te marks, the tie(s) is/are resolved in accordance with the principles approved
by the Commission, viz.,
Civil Services (Main) Exam.

(i)

Candidate securing more marks in the Compulsory Papers and the Personality Tes
t put together is to be ranked higher;
(ii)

In case where the marks mentioned at (i) above are equal, the candidate senior i
n age is to be ranked higher; and
(iii)

In case where the (i) and (ii) above are same, then the candidate getting more m
arks in the compulsory papers is to be ranked higher.
Combined Medical Services Exam.

(i)

A candidate who secures more marks in the written examination is ranked higher;
(ii)

In case where, marks mentioned at (i) above are also equal, the candidate senior
in age is ranked higher;
(iii)

In case, where date of births are also the same, the candidate who has completed
the MBBS examination first is to be ranked higher.

Combined Defence Services Exam.

(a)

If the marks in aggregate are equal, the candidate getting more marks in written
papers may be ranked higher;
(b)

If the marks in the written papers are equal, the candidate getting more marks i
n G.K. paper may be ranked higher;
(c)

If the marks in G.K. paper are also equal, the candidate senior in age may be ra
nked higher;
(d)
If the candidates have identical date of birth, the position of the candidates i
n the merit list shall be arranged in order of their Roll Numbers.

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam.

(i)

In case of equal marks in aggregate, the candidates getting more marks in the WR
ITTEN EXAMINATION have been placed at higher rank;
(ii)

In case of equal marks in written examination also, the candidates getting more
marks in General Ability Test Paper have been placed at higher rank;
(iii)

In case of equal marks in General Ability Test Paper, the candidates SENIOR BY A
GE have been placed at higher rank.

Engineering Services Exam.

(i)

The candidates with more marks in


the total of four Engineering papers may be r
anked higher;
(ii)

In case the total marks of four Engineering papers are also equal, the candidate
s with more marks in the Personality Test may be ranked higher;
(iii)
In case the marks in the Personality Test are also equal, the candidate who is s
enior in age may be ranked higher.

Indian Forest Service Exam.

(i)

a candidate securing more marks in the compulsory papers and the personality tes
t put together has been ranked higher;
(ii)

in case of marks at (i) above are also equal, the candidate senior in age has be
en ranked higher.

Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam.

(i)

a candidate getting more marks in interview may be placed higher;


(ii)

If the written total and the personality test marks are also equal, the candidat
e older in age may be ranked higher.

Central Police Forces (AC) Exam.

(i)
If the marks in aggregate are equal, the candidate getting more marks in written
total may be ranked higher;
(ii)

If the marks in written total are equal, the candidate getting more marks in Pap
er-I (General Ability & Intelligence Paper) be ranked higher;
(iii)

If the marks in Paper-I (General Ability & Intelligence Paper) are equal, the ca
ndidate senior in age be ranked higher;
(iv)

If the age is also the same, the candidate with lower roll number will be ranked
higher.

Indian Economic Service / Indian Statistical Service Exam.

(i)

Candidates getting more marks in the total of the four Economics / Statistical p
apers of 800 marks plus viva voce of 200 marks may be ranked higher for the serv
ices; and
(ii)

Where marks vide (i) above are also equal, candidates senior in age may be ranke
d higher.

Geologists Exam.

(i)
A candidate getting more marks in final total will be ranked higher;
(ii)

If final total is equal, then candidate getting more marks in Geology / Hydrogeo
logy plus PT total will be ranked higher;
(iii)

If the total marks of Geology / Hydrogeology plus PT are also equal then senior
in age will be ranked higher.

Sos/Stenographers LDC Exam.

(a)

A candidate getting more marks in the written paper may be placed higher;
(b)

If the total marks in the written paper are also equal, the candidate getting mo
re marks in:

i) Noting, Drafting & Precis Writing;

ii) Procedure & Practice;

iii) GK Constitution; and

iv) GFSR taken together may be placed higher.


(c)
If the marks as calculated in (b) above are equal, then the candidate getting mo
re marks in:

i) Noting, Drafting and Precis Writing; and

ii) Procedure and Practice papers taken together may be placed higher;
(d)

If the marks as calculated vide (c) are also equal, then the candidate getting m
ore marks in Noting, Drafting and Precis Writing may be placed higher; and
(e)

In case where the marks calculated (d) above are also equal, then the candidate
older in age may be placed higher.

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