The civil services examination conducted by the Gujarat Public Service Commission or GPSC to fill up administrative positions of the government of Gujarat will soon by notified for the year 2020 by the state commission.
Candidates who wish to apply for the GPSC 2020 examination shall duly check all the eligibility conditions before applying and then proceed.
In this article, we present all details related to the Gujarat Civil Service examination like the exam dates, online application procedure, application fees, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, vacancies, results, cut off, preparation tips, and the suggestive list of most important books to refer.
GPSC 2020 – Exam Dates
Applicants must know all the important dates and not miss the deadline when it comes to applying for the examination:
|Publication of official gazette notification for GPSC||To be updated soon|
|Last date to submit ONLINE application forms||To be updated soon|
|Admit card issue date||To be updated soon|
|GPSC 2020 preliminary examination||To be updated soon|
|GPSC 2020 Prelims Result declaration||To be updated soon|
GPSC 2020 Application Form
The official application form for applying to the GPSC exam will be available on the official website. Candidates have to keep track of the deadline before which they must apply for it.
Candidates must keep all details ready before they start applying. Application to be submitted in the ONLINE mode only. Candidates have to submit only one application. Submitting more than one application for the same candidate may lead to the cancellation of the application. Candidates are also advised to check if they satisfy all eligibility conditions before they apply for the exam.
Steps to make an Online Application
- Visit the homepage of GPSC.
- Click on the ‘Apply online’ tab provided on the homepage.
- Select the appropriate exam link.
- Part 1 of the application will ask for your details.
- Submission of part 1 details will give you a reference id.
- Part 2 of the application will ask you to upload a photograph, scanned signature, and pay exam fees.
- Details once submitted in the application form can’t be changed.
- Before clicking on the submit button, make sure all entries are right.
GPSC Application fees
- Fees for general category and OBC candidates – INR 100/-
- For SC/ST candidates – No fee required.
- For socially/economically backward classes of state of Gujarat ONLY – No fees.
- For Physically challenged candidates – No fees.
Fees can be remitted in both offline/online modes.
- Offline Mode – Candidates have to remit the required fee at any post office branches and get a challan as an acknowledgment for the same. Later the same challan number has to be entered in the ONLINE application form.
- Online Mode – Candidates can pay the fee online through internet banking/ credit or debit cards, etc.
- Fees paid through any other mode – cash/ Demand draft / Indian postal order ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
Gujarat Civil Services Eligibility Criteria
Students are advised to cross their eligibility conditions in detail before sending the application form. If they do not satisfy the required criteria, then they should stay away from making the application, as their candidature may be cancelled on account of this.
- Citizens of India are eligible to apply for the GPSC 2020 exam.
- Interstate candidates are also encouraged to apply, subject to conditions.
- Graduation from a recognized university of India or equivalent degree.
- Any recognized degree or 3-year qualification equivalent to graduation is also applicable.
GPSC Age Limit
- The general age criteria prescribed are between 20 to 35 years.
- For reserved category candidates, age relaxation norms are applicable (which will be notified later in the official website).
- For economically backward classes, SC/ST of Gujarat state ONLY – Reservation Applicable.
- Women candidates belonging to reserved categories – Relaxation in the upper age limit, up to 10 years. ( Maximum age limit – 45 years)
- Women candidates belonging to the general category – 5 years in the upper slab. (Maximum age limit – 45 years).
- For physically disabled candidates – Relaxation in the upper age limit, up to 10 years.
Number of attempts
- There is no specific limit on the number of attempts a candidate can make, but they have to strictly adhere to the upper age limit as specified by the commission.
GPSC 2020 Admit Card
Candidates can download the admit card from the official website. The admit card contains all important details of the candidate like name, address, registration number, exam center, venue, date of examination, timings, etc. Candidates are requested to keep duplicate copies of the admit card with them in case the original gets lost/stolen etc. No candidate would be allowed to sit for the examination without carrying the admit card along with them to the exam premises.
Steps to download admit card
- Visit the official site of GPSC.
- Browse for the activated link that will allow you to download the admit card of GPSC.
- Enter registration number, date of birth, captcha code, and any other details if asked for candidate verification.
- Once the admit card is open, please save a copy/ download/take a print copy.
- Check for the correctness of all details pertaining to the candidate. In case of any discrepancy in the details/exam venue etc., kindly contact the concerned person mentioned in the official site.
GPSC Exam Pattern
The GPSC civil services examination consists of three rounds – prelims, mains, and the interview/personality test round. In this section, we describe each of the sections in detail.
- The preliminary examination consists of 2 papers – general studies 1 and general studies 2.
- Each paper is of 200 marks and 2 hours each.
Here is the breakthrough of the schematic representation of the prelims exam:
|Exam Paper Name||Time Duration||Marks|
|General Studies 1||2 Hrs||200 marks|
|General Studies 2||2 Hrs||200 marks|
|Total Marks allotted||400 marks|
- Candidates who clear the preliminary exam with qualifying marks will be allowed to appear for the mains examination.
- Here, all papers are descriptive in nature.
- The mains exam consists of 6 papers totally.
- The subjects covered are 3 papers of general studies, paper on Gujarati language, English language, and essay papers.
- Each paper is allocated 150 marks and conducted for 3 hours each.
- The total marks for the mains exam are 900.
The breakup of marks and other details are tabulated below for quick reference:
|Name of exam paper||Time duration||Marks|
|General Gujarati language||3 Hrs||150 marks|
|General English||3 Hrs||150 marks|
|Essay paper||3 Hrs||150 marks|
|General Studies-1 paper||3 Hrs||150 marks|
|General Studies-2 paper||3 Hrs||150 marks|
|General Studies-3 paper||3 Hrs||150 marks|
|Mains Exam (Total Marks)||900 marks|
- Students who score above the cut off marks in the mains exam will be called in for the personality test or the interview round.
- The marks scored in the mains exam, and the interview round will be taken for the final calculation of marks and, therefore, the ranking of the candidate in the final list.
- The duration of the interview is not fixed. IT depends on the panel conducting the interview.
- The interview will be conducted for a total of 100 marks.
- The total marks of both mains and interview round come to 1000 marks.
|Personality Test / personal interview round||100 marks|
|Mains Exam + Interview round marks ( Total marks for final ranking)||1000 marks|
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The syllabus for each of the exam is different. The syllabus of each section, in brief, is provided below. Candidates have to refer the official notification to obtain a complete syllabus.
The prelims consist of multiple-choice questions. There are two papers, and the corresponding syllabus is indicated here:
- General studies paper 1 – Subject areas include History, cultural heritage, the constitution of India, policymaking, social justice in India, India-international relations.
- General studies paper 2 – Subjects are pertaining to the Indian economy, geography, planning commission, science and technological events, current topics that are of importance at the local, national, and international levels.
The brief syllabus of all the six papers is indicated below:
- Gujarati paper – Grammar, essay, comprehension, translation, and related questions.
- General English – letter writing, comprehension, report writing, translation, etc.
- Essay – Topics include socio-economic topics, environmental issues, civic awareness, and current socio-political topics.
- General studies paper 1 – covers topics on History, geography, and cultural relations of India.
- General studies paper 2 – covers topics on Indian administration, policy making, public administration, governance, and public service.
- General studies paper 3 – covers topics on science and technology, the economy of India, planning, current events of local, national, and international importance.
Candidates are expected to keep these points in mind while attending the personal interview round. They will be tested on these aspects as given below:
- Present good arguments on the topic of discussion.
- Ability to participate in group discussions with the panel.
- Awareness of subjects and the ability to organize ideas.
- The originality of ideas expressed.
- Good communication/interpersonal skills.
- The cut off marks for the exam will vary from year to year.
- The commission will announce them after displaying results.
- Cut off marks depend on a lot of factors like – number of vacancies, number of candidates applied for the exam, competition and toughness level in the exam, etc.
- The cut off marks are different for each category.
- Candidates can check for the cut off marks on the official website.
Results after each level of the exam will be displayed on the official website. Candidates can check for updates from time to time to check whether the results are out.
Steps to check results on the official website
- Access the home page of GPSC and click on the result section/link that will provide exam results.
- Select the appropriate exam that you have applied for.
- Enter candidate details like personal registration number, date of birth, and captcha code. If any details are asked, enter them too.
- Upon correct entry of all details, your results will be displayed.
- Take a print copy of the displayed results and optionally save a pdf copy for future references.
The recruitment for vacancies is done on the number of vacant posts listed by each department of the administrative services. The vacancies vary every year, and they are classified into class 1 and class 2 services. Here, we present the breakup of posts for GPSC 2020.
|Class 1 services||Number of vacancies|
|Gujarat Administrative Service (GAS)||To be updated soon|
|Deputy Superintendent of police (DSP)||To be updated soon|
|Commissioner of state tax (CST)||To be updated soon|
|Deputy Director of Developing Castes||To be updated soon|
|Deputy Director of Scheduled Castes||To be updated soon|
|Commissioner of Tribal Development||To be updated soon|
|Class 2 services||Number of vacancies|
|Section Officer or Sachivalay||To be updated soon|
|Section Officer under GPSC||To be updated soon|
|Mamlatdar officer||To be updated soon|
|State tax Officer||To be updated soon|
|Development Officer at Taluka level||To be updated soon|
|Labour Officer||To be updated soon|
|Tribal Development Officer||To be updated soon|
|District Inspector for Land Records||To be updated soon|
|Assistant Director for Food & Civil Supplies||To be updated soon|
|Social Welfare Officer for development||To be updated soon|
|Superintendent (Prohibition & Excise department )||To be updated soon|
|Chief Officer at Municipal department||To be updated soon|
How to crack GPSC Exam?
Candidates are encouraged to strategize and plan accordingly before they begin preparation for the exams. Here we present a few useful tips that will go a long way in helping students to achieve high scores in the exam:
- Candidates are strictly encouraged to learn fundamental of all subjects by referring to Gujarat state syllabus textbooks, especially for English, general science, and social science textbooks.
- Understand the syllabus of prelims and mains completely.
- Point to point preparation by going through every topic in detail is not recommended for GPSC papers.
- Ideally, choosing the most important questions under each topic would be more suitable.
- Get creative when it comes to Gujarati and English language papers.
- Learn the latest initiatives taken by the government for citizens by regularly referring to ‘The Hindu’ newspaper.
- NCERT books are a must.
- Take coaching classes and refer to online guidance videos.
- Good command in the Gujarati language a must.
- Subject papers may be answered in English/Gujarati languages, but the English language is recommended for ease of understanding.
Best books for GPSC
Many books are available for the exam. Here, we suggest the best books that are recommended. The list is only indicative, and students are encouraged to research for the best books before proceeding to buy them for reference purposes:
- Book on Gujarati Grammar – Vyakaran Parichay by author Akshar Prakashan
- Book on General Gujarati – Sahitya Parichay by writer Dr. Shehzad Kazi
- Book on English Grammar by writer Akshar Prakashan.
- General reasoning and quantitative aptitude by R S Agarwal
- Logical Reasoning – Tata McGraw-Hill’s Reasoning books
- Navneet General Knowledge series for General studies papers.
- Book on ancient India – Kausambi historical outline
- Akshar general knowledge book for GS papers
- Book on Gujarat geography by author Manjulaben Dave
- (Gujarati book ) Bharat nu bandharan by writer Shehzad Kazi
- (Gujarati book ) Kumar Nayab Mamlatdar book – by author and writer Praful Gadhvi
- General knowledge book for GS papers by Knowledge eye publications of Gandhinagar
For more information and updates, kindly visit the official website of the commission https://gpsc.gujarat.gov.in/
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