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Gujarat Administrative and Civil Services Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 2nd April, 2021
GPSC

Gujarat Administrative and Civil Services Exam is conducted by Gujarat Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates in various posts of civil services.

This exam is highly competitive, and to have an edge in it, careful planning, meticulous preparation, and unwavering dedication is required. Thousands of candidates appear annually in this exam, and the availability of services is subjected to vary based on the number of vacancies available in the particular year.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English, Gujarati
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidates in various posts of civil services
Conducting Body Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC)
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Gujarat Civil Service Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate should be

    • a citizen of India, or
    • a subjet of Nepal, or
    • a subject of Bhutan, or
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam, with the intention of permanently settling in India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the Gujarat Civil Service examination should be minimum of 20 years and maximum of 35 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 40 years
    OBC 38 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

Gujarat Civil Service Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified
Date of Result To be notified

Gujarat Civil Service Exam Pattern 2021

This exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary examination consists of two papers carrying 200 marks for each paper.
Stage II: The main examination consists of 6 papers.
Stage III: This stage consists of a Preliminary Test.

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General Studies I
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 180 mins 200
2 Paper II: General Studies-2
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 180 mins 200

Pattern for Main Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Gujarati
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
2 English
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
3 Essay
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
4 General Studies-1
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
5 General Studies 2
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
6 General Studies 3
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150

Pattern for Personality Test

The candidates shall be interviewed by the board constituted by the Gujarat Public Service Commission.

Gujarat Civil Service Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I: General Studies I

  • History: Indus valley Civilisation, Vedic age, Foreign invasions on India and their impact, the Delhi Sultanate, the Bhakti Movement and Sufism, Major Dynasties of Gujarat, Independent Sultanate of Gujarat, Governors-General and Viceroys, Indian war of Independence of 1857.
  • Cultural Heritage: Cultural Heritage of India and Gujarat, Indian lifestyle, Indian Music and its importance, Gujarat’s Museums, Language and dialects of Gujarat, Gujarati Theatre, Life of Adivasi (Tribes).
  • Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations: Indian Constitution, Constitutional Authorities, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy and Governance, Statutory, Regulatory and Quasi-judicial bodies, Rights Issues, India’s Foreign Policy, Important Policies and Programmes of Central and State Governments.
  • General Mental Ability: Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability, Number Series, Coding-Decoding, Problems related to Relations, Shapes and their Sub-sections, Venn Diagram, Problems based on Clocks, Calendar and Age, Introduction to algebra – BODMAS, simplification of weird symbols.

2 Prelims Paper II: General Studies-2

  • Indian Economy and Planning:  Indian Economy on the eve of Independence, Agriculture sector, Industrial policy, Infrastructure in Indian Economy, Trends and patterns in the structure of the population over time, Gujarat economy-An overview.
  • Geography: General Geography, Physical, Social, Economic.
  • Science and Technology: Nature and Scope of Science & Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Technology in Space & Defence, Energy Requirement and Efficiency, Nuclear Policy of India and its commitment to the world, Environmental Science.
  • Current Events of Regional, National and International Importance

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Mains Gujarati

  • Comprehension.
  • Synonyms.
  • Translation of Sentences.
  • Grammar.
  • Vocabulary.
  • Error Detection.
  • Antonyms.
  • Fill in the Blanks.
  • Plural Forms
  • Phrases/Muhavare etc.

2 Mains English

  • Essay
  • Letter Writing
  • Press Release/ Appeal
  • Report Writing
  • Writing on Visual Information
  • Formal Speech
  • Precis Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • English Grammar
  • Translation

3 Mains Essay

  • Current affairs
  • Socio-political issues
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Socio-environmental issues
  • Cultural and historical aspects
  • Issues related to civic awareness
  • Reflective topics

4 Mains General Studies-1

  • History of India: Indus Valley Civilization in India, the Vedic times, Jainism and Buddhism, Foreign invasions on India and their impact, Educational institutions, Historical accounts of the Foreign Travelers, Major Dynasties of Gujarat.
  • Cultural Heritage: Indian Culture and its Salient aspects of Art forms, Art and Craft of Gujarat, Gujarat’s Folk Culture and Oral Tradition, Influence of Indian Cinema and Theatre on Society, Gandhian thoughts and its relevance.
  • Geography: Physical Features and Resources, Economic Activities, Social and demographic, Developmental and Environmental issues.

5 Mains General Studies 2

  • Indian Polity and Constitution: Indian Constitution and its salient features, Functions and duties of the Indian Union and the State Governments, Issues and challenges pertaining to the Federal structure, Parliament and State Legislatures.
  • Public Administration and Governance: Meaning, Nature and Scope of Public Administration, Role of Civil Services in Democracy, Development processes, Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial authorities, Good governance and e-governance.
  • Ethics in Public Service: Ethics and Human Interface, Attitude, Emotional intelligence, Human Values, Issues and challenges in ethics.

6 Mains General Studies 3

  • Science and Technology: Integration of Science, Information and Communication Technology, Indian Space Programme, Indian’s energy needs, Salient features of Nuclear Policy of India, Achievements of Indians in the field of Science and Technology.
  • Indian Economy and Planning: Economic Development since Independence, Indian economy in the post-reform period, Land reforms in India and Gujarat, Agriculture growth and productivity, Indian Public finance, Policies and Performance of Industry, Population and Human Development, Rural Development, External sector, India in Global Indices.
  • Current Events of Regional, National and International Importance: 

Syllabus for Personality Test

In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.

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