Qualifying Papers

Paper A (Qualifying)

Qualifying Papers :
Paper-A
(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution). 300 Marks

Paper-B
English

300 Marks

The papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

  • The papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • Evaluation of the papers, namely, 'Essay', 'General Studies' and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on Éssay', General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language’ and 25% in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.
  • The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.
  • The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for Candidates belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disability (only Hearing Impairment sub-category) provided that they have been granted such exemption from 2nd or 3rd language courses by the concerned education Board/University. The candidate needs to provide an undertaking/self declaration in this regard in order to claim such exemption to the Commission.
  • Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.

QUALIFYING PAPERS ON INDIAN LANGUAGES AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The aim of the paper is to test the candidates's ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian language concerned.
The pattern of questions of English Language would be broadly as follows:
(i) Comprehension of given passages.
(ii) Precis Writing.
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.
(iv) Short Essays.

The pattern of questions of Indian Language would be broadly as follows:
(i) comprehension of given passages.
(ii) Precis Writing.
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.
(iv) Short Essays.
(v) Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.
Note 1 : The papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers
will not be counted for ranking.
Note 2 : The candidates will have to answer the English and Indian Languages papers in English and the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved).

  1. How to prepare for UPSC Language paper?
    1. The questions asked in this paper are of matriculation level. This shows that one need to prepare from the basics of the syllabus in order to qualify it.
    2. You should do the preparation of the language paper and other general studies papers simultaneously so that none of the paper is missed out and preparation of these is at equal footing.
    3. Choose the language about which you have enough knowledge and the one you studied at the school level. This will be an advantage for you since you already have grip over that particular language and can easily score well in the exam.
    4. Practice as many questions as much you can. This will help you to prepare well in the final exam. Also it will enhance you writing speed and handwriting as well.
    5. Practice by translating the content written in English in your regional language and vice versa.
    6. Read the question paper twice and thrice before attempting a question in order to have a proper understanding as what is asked in the paper.
    7. First solve those questions which you think you know the answer well and you are confident that you can do it well.

Qualifying papers are 2. i.e., English Paper and Indian Language Paper they won't your marks in the merit(final) list but you have to qualify otherwise your others papers will not evaluated including your Optional also. 

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