Lack of proper guidance and information seems to be the key to all the difficulties faced by the young civil service aspirants of the nation. Acura tries to provide all the necessary information required for a fresh civil service aspirant to start preparing for the exam with a clear idea on all his ‘whys’, ‘hows’ and ‘whats’ of civil service examination on a single mouse click. We find it as a responsibility to the student folk to feed them with all necessary inputs required so that the chance being misguided can be reduced to the minimum

A. Eligibility

The eligibility norms for the examination are as follows:
  • For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For the Indian Revenue Service, a candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • For other services, a candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

All candidates must have a minimum of any of the following educational qualifications:

  • A degree from a Central, State or Deemed university
  • A degree received through Correspondence Education or Distance Education
  • A degree from an Open University
  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to either of the above
The following candidates are also eligible, but have to submit proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination, failing which they will not be allowed to attend the exam.
  • Candidates who have appeared in an examination, the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy any of the above points
  • Candidates who have passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed their internship
  • A degree from a private university

Prescribed age limits are minimum 21 years and maximum of 32 years as on 1 August of the year of Examination. A candidate who turns 21 on 1 August is eligible whereas a candidate who turns 33 is not. Upper age limit relaxation is provided to candidates as follows:

  • A maximum of three years for OBC candidates [Non Creamy Layer only]
  • A maximum of three years in case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof
  • A maximum of five years for candidates belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe
  • A maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989
  • A maximum of five years in case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1 August and have been released on either of the following basis:
    • on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1 August) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency
    • on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service
    • on invalidment
  • A maximum of five years in case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1 August and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
  • A maximum of ten years in case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped persons

The age relaxation will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own request.
Numbers of attempts
The number of attempts a candidate can give the exam is limited as follows

  • six attempts for General category candidates and OBC category candidates under the Creamy Layer
  • nine attempts for OBC category candidates
  • To SCs/STs, there is no limit on the number of attempts.

However these candidates are requested to bear in mind:

  • An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be considered to be an attempt at the Examination.
  • If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.
  • Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
  • A candidate just applied but not appeared at the exam is not an attempt.

B. Pattern of exam

C. List of optional subject

Agriculture Management
Animal Husbandry &Vetinary Science Mathematics
Anthropology Mechanical Engineering
Botany Medical Science
Chemistry Philosophy
Civil Engineering Physics
Commerce & Accountancy Political Science & International Relations
Economics Psychology
Electrical Engineering Public Administration
Geography Sociology
Geology Statistics
Indian History Zoology
Arabic Gujarati Manipuri Sanskrit
Assamese Hindi Nepali Sindhi
Bengali Kannada Oriya Tamil
Chinese Kashmiri Pali Telugu
English Konkani Persian Urdu
French Marathi Punjabi  
German Malayalam Russian  


Civil Service Examination is the mother of all job-oriented exams in India. It is at par with most of the leading aptitude exams of the likes of GRE, GMAT and CAT and much more advanced when it comes to the general knowledge and current events. 

This status of the civil service examinations stems from the very fact that it leads to the most challenging and rewarding opportunities in the country, one of rigour, pride and service.

From its superficial analysis Civil Service Examination appears to be a combination of objective, descriptive and oral tests   but from a deeper study CSE is a well thought of psychological test which reveals, in a clear and precise manner, the ideological biases, attitude and officer like qualities of the candidates .It is this particular aspect that makes civil service preparations distinctly different from that of all other competitive examinations of the nation. Here are some of ACURA tips

  1. Begin your preparations for 2015 prelims by the month of June 2014 so that you will get sufficient time for completing the syllabus of both prelims and mains in a detailed manner.
  2. Complete studying the topics mentioned in the syllabus for mains examination because the complete syllabus of prelims is incorporated within the mains syllabus so that your preparations for both the examinations simultaneously.
  3. Last three months before every prelim can be used exclusively for the preparation of the preliminary examination.
  4. Students without mathematical background can start their preparations for CSAT (prelims paper II) earlier.
  5. CSAT  requires exclusive coaching from experts with  competent  study materials  as it is considered as  the key to success in preliminary examination
  6. Regular, systematically organised mock tests must be attended right from the beginning of preparation period itself  in order to ensure national competence (for both prelims and mains)
  7. The faculties handling classes for you must be experienced ,nationally competent and thoroughly updated in their subject with firsthand experience  in CSE.
Notwithstanding all these complexities, we provide you with a sound platform to crack the civil service exams, step-by-step, in an easily executable manner

E. Courses Offered
Interview / Mains/ Prelims Batch

This is the flagship programmed of Acura School of administrative studies comprising the exclusive training for all the three hurdles to a career in Indian civil service. Our civil service training module is planned, scheduled and executed by India’s best civil service coaching strategists and intellectual’s .At Acura we considered civil service training as something beyond mugging up the syllabus. All the topics of the syllabus will be handled by the most experienced and proved faculties of the nation .we offer personal counseling to make all set to clear all the stages involved in civil service examination. Acura can beyond doubt proved you the same quality class and materials in par with metros in your home state.