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Government of Gujarat has started IAS Coaching Center at the Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration

(SPIPA), for training the youth of Gujarat who aspire to join civil services. The details of the training programme are
as under:-

1.Eligibility criteria

Candidate must have completed graduation or post-graduation.


Age Limit:
Category
General
OBC
SC/ST

Age on 1st August of UPSC Civil Services Examination given year


21-32
21-35
21-37

This is a full time course and students are not allowed to join any job or outside study.
2.Only following candidates can apply for SPIPA admission
1. Mother tongue of the Candidates may be Gujarati Or
2. Secondary or Higher secondary Board Examination Cleared from Gujarat Or
3. Degree of Graduation from Gujarat or
4. Ordinarily a Resident of Gujarat will be entitled to apply.
3.Fee structure
Coaching fees
None

Training deposit
1000/-

Library deposit
2200/-

Hostel deposit
1000/-

4.Seats Available at SPIPA


CATEGORY

SPIPA,
REGIONAL TRAINING CENTRE OF SPIPA
TOTAL
ABAD AHMEDABAD VADODARA SURAT RAJKOT
General
48
30
30
30
30
168
SC
16
10
10
10
10
56
ST
16
10
10
10
10
56
SEBC
16
10
10
10
10
56
Physical Handicap
03
03
Blind
01
01
TOTAL
100
60
60
60
60
340
Note: (1) Lecture will be held in our RTCs (Vadodara, Surat & Rajkot) through Video
Conferencing which relay from SPIPA, Ahmedabad.
(2) There will be no hostel facilities for the student of RTCs (Vadodara, Surat & Rajkot).

5. About Entrance Examination :Stage

Tentative
Time

Advertisement for entrance (in 1 English & 1 Gujarati newspaper) Applications are invited by
online from the eligible candidates, Exam fees: Rs. 300/- for General Category and Rs. 100/- for

Aug/Sept.

SC/ST/SEBC category Candidates.

Exam Stage-I:Written (MCQ) Exam conducted @Ahmadabad Negative marketing -0.33% for
wrong answers.
- Paper1 (General Studies): 200 marks, 2 hours.
- Paper2 (Aptitude): 200 marks, 2 hours, only 33% qualifying marks required. Score in
Paper2 will not be counted in merit list.
Exam Stage-II
- Twice the Candidates will be selected based on their performance in stage I (MCQ)
- Essay (100 marks)
- There will be NO INTERVIEW STAGE.
- Final selection based on categorywise merit list from 300 marks.
- Appearance in both stage-I and stage-II is compulsory.
Term begins

Oct./Nov.

Nov.

December

6.Duration of Training
A. Preliminary Examination
B. Main Examination
C. Oral Interview

December to August
September to December
February to March

9.30 to 17.00 p.m.


9.30 to 17.00 p.m.
9.30 to 17.00 p.m.

7. Facilities available @SPIPA


1. Study Environment: -There is a group of around hundred students thriving for a single goal.
Interaction amongst them fulfils their material plus psychological needs. SPIPA provides a platform
for this team work. A campus of 8 acre area of land with plantations and rich grass plots creates a
natural environment for study.
2. Coaching :-An integrated coaching which concentrates on all the three stages of UPSC examination
i.e. Prelims, Mains and Interviews. A rich experience of lecturers affiliated with SPIPA is helpful to
students not only for General studies but also for of optional subjects.
3. Library :- A rich Library of 65,000 books equipped with the latest material for Civil Services
Exams. Library is accompanied by a spacious, well ventilated reading room with personal cabins for
students. A wide range of Magazines and News Papers are also available.
4. Hostel :- SPIPA provides free lodging and boarding to the outstation students of only Reserved
Category, Lodging and boarding is provided for General Category students at the prevailing rates.
The female students accommodation is available in SPIPAs Hostel. SPIPAs Regional Training
Centre are not provide a Hostel Facilites.
5. Activities :- A series of group discussions and presentations on all the related topics by the students
along with frequent tests to check the performance of the students are arranged regularly.
8. Official UPSC Schedule
UPSC Advertisement in Employment Newspaper/Rozgar Samachar
Preliminary (CSAT) examination
Result of Prelims (CSAT)
Mains (Descriptive) exam
Result of Mains Examination
Interview stage
Final Result

MAY
AUGUST
OCTOBER
DECEMBER
March/April of the next year
May/June
June/July

A.Official UPSC Preliminary (CSAT) exam Structure: Total 400 marks


Paper-I Multiple Choice Questions
200 marks, 2 hrs.
(1) Current events of national and international
importance.
(2) History of India and Indian national movement.
(3) Indian and World Geography physical, social,
economic geography of India and the world.
(4) Indian Polity and governance constitution, political
system,Panchayati Raj, public policy, Rights Issues,
etc.
(5) Economic and social development sustainable
development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social
sector initiative, etc.
(6) General issues on environmental ecology, biodiversity and climate Change that do not require
subject specialization.
(7) General Science.

Paper-II Multiple Choice Questions


200 marks, 2 hrs.
(1) Comprehension
(2) Interpersonal skill including communication skills
(3) Logical reasoning and analytical ability
(4) Decision making and problem solving
(5) General mental ability
(6) English Language comprehension skills (Class X
level).
(7) Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of
magnitude etc (Class X level),
(8) Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data
sufficiency etc. Class X level)

Note I: The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the
criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper- II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and
total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the
Commission Note 2: Wrong answer or more than one answer in one question will carry 33% (1/3 Marks) negative marking.

B. Official UPSC Mains Exam Structure


Important: For complete UPSC Syllabus, Optional Subject, Medical Standards & Medium Related rules Refer to
www.upsc.gov.in/exams/notifications/2015/CSP_2015/CSP_2015_eng.pdf

The written Examination consists of the following papers.


Paper
Qualifying Papers:
One of the Indian Language
A
English
B
Papers to be counted for merit
1
Essay
2
General StudiesI
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
3
General Studies II
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
4
General Studies III
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and
Disaster Management)
General Studies IV
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
5
6
Optional Subject (1) Paper 1
7
Optional Subject (1) Paper 2
Total
Optional Subject (Any One) (1) Agriculture (2) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science (3)

Marks
300
300
250
250
250
250

250
250
250
1750

Anthropology (4)
Botany
(5) Chemistry (6) Civil Engineering (7) Commerce and Accountancy (8) Economics (9) Electrical
Engineering (10) Geography
(11) Geology (12) History (13) Law (14) Management (15) Mathematics (16) Mechanical
Engineering (17) Medical Science (18) Philosophy (19) Physics (20)
Political Science and International Relations (21)
Psychology (22) Public Administration (23) Sociology (24) Statistics (25) Zoology (26) Literature of any one of the Indian
Regional Language and English.

C. Personality Test: 275 Marks (Total B + C) = 1750 + 275 = 2025


Recommended Booklist / Preparation Sources SPIPA & UPSC Prelims Exam
Important: This is only bare minimum essential reading list. For entire Dos & Donts refer to the 2:30 hours lecture
session by SPIPA Core Faculty Mr.Mrunal Patel, on http://youtube.com/user/TheMrunalPatel
Area
Current Affairs

UPSC Paper Set Paper I


& II
GS, Science,
Environment
NCERT
Meanul Paper I & II
History
Polity
Geography

Economy
Aptitude

Minimum Reading
At least 1 English newspaper- Indian Express, Times of India, The Hindu. (Any one)
2 Magazine (Any One) - Competitive Success Review , Civil Service Times, Wizard, India
Today, Chronicle, Yojana, Out look, Front Line, Pratiyogita, Darpan, etc.
Last five years papers for prelims exam. (softcopy on upsc website or hardcopy from Disha/Arihant
publication.)

1. NCERT class 7-10: science, geography, history, social science


2. NCERT class11-12: geography & History
NCERT 7th Std to 12th Std
Tata McGraw-Hills, Spectrum, Unique, Pearson, Arihant , Chronicle

3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

Brief History of Modern India: Raijv Ahir Spectrum publication


NIOS: culture PDF material*
Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth (Macgrawhill)
N CERT*, Spectrum book on Geography
SPIPA Geography Faculty Ms.Rajtanil Solankis Lectures and
Powerpoints**
8. Budget, Economic Survey*
9. SPIPA Economy Faculty Mrunal Patel lectures and powerpoints**
10. Fast track to Objective Arithmetic (Rajesh Verma, Arihant Publication)
11. Analytical Reasoning (MK Pandey, BSC Publication)
12. Comprehension: Practice passages from online resources & mock papers

*Freely available at respective website of NCERT/ NIOS/Finance ministry etc.


**Available at youtube.com/user/TheMrunalPatel

Web resource:
upsc.gov.in (syllabus & Past papers), spipa.gujarat.gov.in (notification & past papers), mrunal.org (Current Affairs &
GS), idsa.in (Diplomacy), ncert.nic.in (Textbooks), epw.in (social issues), prsindia.org (Polity), thehindu.com,
indiabix.com (Aptitude),

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