Civil Services Examination Rules - 2012: Gazette Notification

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training publish the notification regarding Civil Services Examination to be held by the Union Public Service Commission in 2012 for the purpose of filling vacancies in the various cervices/posts with the concurrence of the Ministries concerned and  the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in respect of the  Indian Audit and Accounts Service.

(Department of Personnel and Training)   
New Delhi, the 4th February, 2012
F. No.  13018/20/2011-AIS(I).--The rules for a  competitive examination—Civil Services Examination—to be  held by the Union Public Service Commission in 2012 for the  purpose of filling vacancies in the following sevices/posts  are, with the concurrence of the Ministries concerned and  the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in respect of the  Indian Audit and Accounts Service, published for general  information :—

  1. The Indian Administrative Service.
  2. The Indian Foreign Service.
  3. The Indian Police Service.
  4. The Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service,   Group 'A'.
  5. The Indian Audit and Accounts Service,   Group 'A'.
  6. Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central  Excise) Gr. "A".
  7. The Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
  8.  The Indian Revenue Service, (I.T.) Group 'A'. 
  9. The Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group 'A'. (Asstt. Works Manager—Administration). 
  10. The Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'.
  11. The Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group 'A'. 
  12. The Indian Railway Trafic Service, Group 'A'. 
  13. The Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'. 
  14. The Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group 'A'. 
  15. Post of Assistant Security Commissioner, Group 'A' in Railway Protection Force.
  16. The Indian Defence Estates Service, Group 'A'.
  17. The Indian Information Service. Junior Grade Group 'A'.
  18. Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III).
  19. Indian Corporate Law Service. Group 'A'.
  20. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group 'B' (Section Officer's Grade).
  21. Delhi, Andaman and Nicober Islands,  Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'.
  22. Delhi, Andaman and Nicober Islands,  Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service. Group 'B'.
  23. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'. 
  24. Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'.

1. The examination will be conducted by the UnionPublic Service Commission in the manner prescribed in  Appendix 1 to these rules.
    The dates on which and the places at which the  Preliminary and Main Examinations will be held shall be fixed by the Commission.

2. A candidate shall be required to indicate in his/her application form for the Main Examination his/her order of preferences for various services/posts for which he/she  would like to be considered for appointment in case he/she is recommended for appointment by Union Public Service Commission. No change in preference of services once  indicated by a candidate would be permitted.
A candidate who wishes to be considered for IAS/IPS  shall be required to indicate in his/her application form for  the Main Examination his/ her order of preferences for various  State caders for which he/she would like to be considered for  allotment in case he/she is appointed to the IAS/IPS. No.  change in preference of cadre once indicated by a candidate  would be permitted.
Note I.—The candidate is advised to be very careful  while indicating preferences for various services/posts. In  this connection, attention is also invited to rule 19 of the  Rules. The candidate is also advised to indicate all the  services/posts in the order of preference in his/her application  form. In case he/she does not give any preference for any  services/posts, it will be assumed that he/she has no specific  preference for those services. If he/she is not allotted to any  one of the services/posts for which he/she has indicated  preference, he/she shall be allotted to any of the remaining  services/posts in which there are vacancies ater allocation  of all the candidates who can be allocated to services/posts  in accordance with their preferences.
Note II.— The candidates are advised to visit DOP & T's website for information/details about service allocation/cadre allotment.
Note III.—"A candidate who wishes to be considered  for IAS/IPS shall be very careful while indicating preferences  for various cadres. The candidate is advised to indicate all  the cadres in the order of preference in his/her Detailed  Application form (DAF) [which is to be filled in case of his%  her selection for the Civil Services (Main) Examination]. In  case he/she does not give any preference for any cadre it will  be assumed that he/she does not have a specific preference  for any cadre. If he/she is not allotted to any one of the  cadres for which he/she has indicated preference, he/she  shall be allotted to any ofthe remaining cadres in which there  are vacancies after allocation of all the candidates who can  be allocated to those cadres in accordance with their  preferences."

3. The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination will be specified in the Notice issued by the Commission.
Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to  the Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes. Other BackwardClasses and Physically disabled categories in respect of  vacancies as may be fixed by the Goverment.

4. Every candidate appearing at the examination who  is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the  examination :
Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible :
Provided further that the number of attempts  permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward  Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven. The  relaxation will be available to the candidates who are eligible  to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates :
Provided futher that a physically handicapped will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate  belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for seven attempts. The relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of  reservation applicable to such candidates.
(I) An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be   deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.
(II) 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.
(III) Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancella- tion of candidature, the fact of appearance of the
candidate at the examination will count as an  attempt,

5.  (1) For the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) For other Services, a candidate must be either- (a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before   the 1 st January, 1962 with the intention of
permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from
Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, East
African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of  permanently settling in India :
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b),
(c),  (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate  of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India :
Provided further that candidates belonging to  categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for  appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
A candidate in wbose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary  eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the  Government of India.

6. (a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21  years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on  the I st of August, 2012 i.e., he must have been born not  earlier than 2nd August, 1982 and not later than 1st August,  1991.
b) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be  relaxable :
(i) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate
belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe:  (ii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of
candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;
(iii) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had   ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu
and Kashmir during the period from the  1 st   January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989;  (iv) up to a maximum of three years in the 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;
(v) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex- servicemen including Commissioned Officers and
ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1 st August, 2012 and have been released;
(a) on completion of assignment (including
those whose assignment is due to be  completed within one year from 1st August.  2012) otherwise than 1.)way of dismissal or  discharge on account of misconduct or  inefficiency; or
(b) on account of physical disability attributable   to Military Service; or
(c) on invalidment.
(vi) up to a maximum of ive years in the case of1',C0s:   SSCOs who have completed an initial period of
assignment of ive years of Military Service as  on 1st August, 2012 and whose assignment has  been extended beyond live 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.
(vii) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind.   deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped   persons
Note I : •Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward  Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of  Rule 6(b) above, viz. those coming under the category of  Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind,  deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped etc. will be  eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the  categories.
Note II :—The term Ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as Ex-servicemen in the  Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.
Note III :—The age concession under Ruie 6(b)(v) and  (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-servicemen and Commissioned  Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own  request.
Note IV :—Notwithstanding the provision of age- relaxation under Rule 6(bXvii) above, a physically disabled  candidate will be considered to be eligible 'for appointment  only if he/she (after such physical examination as the  Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may  prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical  and medical standards for the concerned Services/Posts to  be allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the  Government.
Save as provided above, the age-limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.
The date of birth, accepted by the Commission is that  entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving  Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University  as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register  of Matriculates maintained by a University which extract must  be certiied by the proper authority of the University or in the  Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.  These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time  of applying for the Civil Services (Main) Examination. No other  document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth  extracts from Municipal Corporation, Service records and the  like will be accepted.
The expression Matriculation/Higher Secondary  Examination Certificate in this part of the Instruction include the alternative certiicates mentioned above.
Note 1 :—Candidate should note that only the date of  birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination  certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of  submission of application will be accepted by the Commission,  and no subsequent request for its change will be considered  or granted.
Note 2:—Candidates should also note that once a  date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the  records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to  an Examination, no chaage will be allowed subsequently or  at any other Examination of the Commission on any grounds  whatsoever.

7. A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State  Legislature in India or other educational institutions  established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed  as a University under Section 3 of the university Grants  Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.
Note  1:—Candidates who have appeared at an  examination the passing of which would render them  educationally qualified for the Commission's examination but  have not been informed of the result as also the candidates  who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will  also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination.
All candidates who are declared qualiied by the  Commission for taking the Civil Services ( Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination along with their application for the Main  Examinatioa failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination.
Note exceptional cases the t !Mon Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualification as a qualified candidate provided that he has passed examination conducted by other institution the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission  justifies his admission to the examination.
Note  III:—Candidates possessing professional and technical qualiications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
Note IV:---Candidates who have passed the final  professional M.B.B.S or any other Medical Examination but  have not completed their internship by the time of submission  of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination.  will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided  they submit along with their application a copy of certificate  from the concerned authority of the University/Institution  that they had passed the requisite linal professional medical  examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required  to produce at the time of their interview original degree or a  certificate from the concerned competent authority of the  University/Institution that they had completed all require- ments (including completion of internship) for the award of  the Degree.

8.  A candidate who is appointed to the Indian  Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the  results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member  of that service will not be eligible to compete at this  examination.
In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS  after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services  Examination, 2012 is over and he'she continues to he a  member of that service, helshe shall not be eligible to appear  in the Civil Services (Main) Examination. 201  notwithstanding his/her having quail fled in the Preliminary  Examination, 2012
Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to 1AS/IFS ater the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) with his candidature for the examination,
Examination, 2011 but before the result thereof and continues  to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be considered  for appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result  of this examination viz. Civil Services Examination, 2012.

9. Candidates must pay the fees prescribed in the  Commission's Notice.

10. All candidates in Government service, whether in a  permanent or in temporary capacity or as work charged  employee, other than casual or daily rated employees or those  serving under Public Enterprises will be required to submit  an undertaking that they have informed in writing their Head  of Office/Department that they have applied for the  Examination. Candidates should note that in case a  communication is received from their employer by the  Commission withholding permission to the candidates  applying for appearing at the examination, their applications  will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be  cancelled.

11. The decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the examination shall be final?
The candidates applying for the examination should  ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission  to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of  examination for which they are admitted by the Commission  viz. Preliminary Examination, Main (Written) Examination and  Interview Test will he purely provisional, subject to their  satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Ifon verification  at any time before or after the Preliminary Examination, Main  (Written) Examination and interview Test, it is found that they  do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature  for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.

12. No candidate will be admitted to the Preliminary/ Main Examination unless he holds a certificate of admission for the Examination.

13. No request for withdrawal of candidature received from a candidate ater he has submitted his application will be entertained under any circumstances.

14. A candidate who is or has been declared by the  Commission to be guilty of :—
(i) Obtaining support for his candidature by the   following means, namely :—
(a) offering illegal gratification to; or
(b) applying pressure on; or
(c) blackmailing, or threatening to blackmail any   person connected with the conduct of the
examination; or
(ii) impersonation; or
(iii) procuring impersonation by any person; or  (iv) submitting fabricated documents or documents
which have been tampered with; or
(v) making statements which are incorrect or false or   suppressing material information; or
(vi) resorting to the following means in connection with his candidature for the examination namely :—
(a) obtaining copy of question paper through   imprbper means;
(b) finding out the particulars of the persons   connected with secret work relating to the
(c) influencing the examiners; or
(vii) using unfair means during the examination; or  (viii) writing obscene matter or drawing obscene
sketches in the scripts; or
misbehaving in the examination hail including tearing of the scripts, provoking fellow examinees to boycott examination, creating a disorderly  scene and the like: or
(x) harassing or doing bodily harm to the staff
employed by the Commission for the conduct of
their examination; vs
(xi) being in possession of or using any mobile phone,   pager or any electronic equipment or device or
any other equipment capable of being used as a   communication device during the examination; or  (xii) violating any of the instructions issued to
candidates along with their admission certiicates permitting them to take the examination; or
(xiii) attempting to commit or, as the case may be,
abetting the commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses;
may in addition to rendering himself liable to criminal prosecution, be liable :—
(a) to be disqualiied by the Commission from   the Examination for which he is a candidate;
(b) to be debarred either permanently or for a   speciied period :—
(i) by the Commission, from any examination
or selection held by them;
(ii) by the Central Government from any
employment under them; and
(c) if he is already in service under Government   to disciplinary action under the appropriate
rules :
Provided that no penalty under this rule shall be imposed except after :
(i) giving the candidate an opportunity of
making such representation in writing as  he may wish to make in that behalf; and  taking the representation, if any,  submitted by the candidate within tke  period allowed to him into consideration.

15.  Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying  marks in the Preliminary Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion shall be admitted to the Main Examination; and candidates who obtain such minimum  qualifying marks in the h4ain Examination (Written) as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion shall be summoned by them for an interview for personality test :
Provided that candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes may be summoned for an interview for a personality test by the  Commission by applying relaxed standards in the Preliminary Examination as well as Main Examination (Written) if the Commission is of the opinion that sufficient number ofcandidates (him these communities are not likely to be summoned for interview lir a personality test on the basis of the general standard in order to till up vacancies reserved for them.

16.  (I ) Ater interview, the candidates will be arranged  by the Commission in the order of merit as disclosed by the  aggregate marks finally awarded to each candidate in the  Main Examination. "[hereafter, the Commission shall, for the  purpose of recommending candidates against unreserved  vacancies. tix a qualifying mark (hereinafter referred to as  general qualifying standard) with reference to the number of  unreserved vacancies to be filled up on the basis of the Main  Examination. For the purpose of recommending reserved  category candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes,  Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes against  reserved vacancies, the Commission may relax the general  qualifying standard with reference to number of reserved  vacancies to be tilled up in each of these categories on the  basis of thc Main Examination :
Provided that the candidates belonging to the  Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward  Classes who have not availed themselves of any of the  concessions or relaxations in the eligibility or the selection  criteria, at any stage of the examination and who ater taking  into account the general qualifying standards are found fit  for recommendation by the Commission shall not be  recommended against the vacancies reserved for Scheduled  Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes.
(2) While making service allocation, the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes recommended against unreserved vacancies may be adjusted against reserved vacancies by the Govt. If by this process they get a service of higher choice in the order of their preference.
(3) The Commission may further lower the qualifying  standards to take care of any shortfall of candidates for  appointment against unreserved vacancies and any surplus  of candidates against reserved vacancies arising out of the  provisions of this rule, the Commission may make the  recommendations in the manner prescribed in sub-rules (4)  and (5).
(4) While recommending the candidates, the  Commission shall, in the first instance, take into account the  total number of vacancies in all categories. This total number  of recommended candidates shall be reduced by the number of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes who acquire  the merit at or above the fixed general qualifying standard  without availing themselves of any concession or relaxation  in the eligibility or selection criteria in terms of the proviso to  sub-rule (1). Along with this list of recommended candidates,  the Commission shall also maintain a consolidated reserve  list of candidates which will include candidates from general  and reserved categories ranking in order of merit below the  last recommended candidate under each category. The reserve  list so maintained shall be treated as confidential till the  process of recommendations(s) in terms of sub-rule (5) is  finally concluded by the Commission. The number of  candidates in each of these categories will be equal to the  number of reserved category candidates who were included  in the first list without availing of any relaxation or concession  in eligibility or selection criteria as per proviso to sub-rule ( I).  Amongst the reserved categories, the number of candidates  from each of the Scheduled Caste, the Scheduled Tribe and  Other Backward Class categories in the reserve list will be  equal to the respective number of vacancies reduced initially  in each category.
5. The candidates recommended in terms of the  provisions of sub-rule (4), shall he allocated by the  Government to the services and where certain vacancies still remain to be filled up, the Government may forward a  requisition to the Commission requiring it to recommend, in order of merit, from the reserve list, the same number of  candidates as requisitioned for the purpose of illing up the unfilled vacancies in each category.

17. The minimum qualifying marks as specified under  risks 1 5 and 1 6 may be relaxable at the discretion of the  Commission in favour of physically handicapped candidates  in order to till up the vacancies reserved for them :
Provided that where a physically handicapped  candidate obtains the minimum qualifying marks in his own  merit in the requisite number for General, or the Scheduled  Caste or the Scheduled Tribe or Other Backward Class  category candidates, then, the extra physically handicapped  candidates, i.e., more than the number of vacancies reserved  for them shall be recommended by the Commission on the  relaxed standards and consequential amendments in the rules  will be notified in due course.

18. The form and manner of communication of the results  of the examination to individual candidates shall be decided  by the Commission in their discretion and the Commission  will not enter into correspondence with them regarding  the results.

19.  (i) Due consideration will be given at the time of  making allocation on the results of the examination to the  preferences expressed by a candidate for various services at  the time of his application. The appointment to various  services will also be governed by the Rules/Regulations in  force as applicable to the respective Services at the time of  appointment. 
(ii) The cadre allotment to candidates' appointment to IAS/IPS will be governed by the policy of cadre allotment in force at the time of allotment of cadre. Due consideration will be given at the time of making allocation on the results of the examination to the preferences expressed by a candidate for various cadres at the time of his•application.

20. Success in the examination confers no right to  appointment unless Government are satisfied after such  enquiry as may be considered necessary that the candidate, having regard to his character and antecedents, is suitable in all respects for appointment to the Service.

21.  A candidate must be in good mental and bodily  health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with  the discharge of his duties as an officer of the service. A  candidate who after such medical examination as Government  or the appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe.  is found not to satisfy these requirements will not be appointed.  Any candidate called for the Personality Test by the  Commission may he required to undergo medical examination.  No fee shall be payable to the Medical Board by the candidate  for the medical examination except in the case of appeal :
Provided further that Government may constitute a  special Medical Board with experts in the area for conducting  the medical examination of physically disabled candidates.
Note :-In order to prevent disappointment, candidates  are advised to have themselves examined by a Government  Medical Officer of the standing of a Civil Surgeon. before  applying for admission to the examination. Particulars of the  nature of the medical test to which candidates will be  subjected belOre appointment and of the standards required  are given in Appendix III to these Rules. For the disabled ex- Defence Services Personnel, the standards will be relaxed  consistent with the requirements of the Service(s).

22. The eligibility, for availing reservation against the  vacancies reserved for the physically disabled persons shall  be the same as prescribed in "The Persons with Disability  (Equal Opportunities. Protection of Rights and Full  Participation) Act, 1 995-
Provided further that the physically disabled  candidates shall also he required to meet special eligibility  criteria in terms of physical requirements/functional  classification (abilities disabilities) consistent with  requirements of the identified service-post as may be  prescribed by its cadre controlling authority. A list of Services  identified suitable for Physically. Disabled Category along  with the physical requirements and functional classifications  is at Annexure-IV.
The phy sical requirement and functional classification can. for example. he one or more of the following

MF 1. Work performed by manipulation by fingers.
PP 2.  Work performed by pulling and pushing.  
L     3. Work performed by lifting.
KC 4. Work performed by kneeling and crouching 
BN  5. Work performed by bending.
S 6. Work performed by sitting (on bench or chair).
ST 7. Work performed by standing.
W 8. Work performed by walking.
SE 9. Work performed by seeing.
H   10. Work performed by hearing/speaking.
RW 11. Work performed by reading and writing.
C 12. Communication.

BL. 1. both legs affected but not arms.
BA 2. both arms allbcted--
a. unpaired reach.
b. weakness or grip.
c. ataxic
BLA 3. both legs and both arms affected.
OL   4. one leg affected (R or L)
a. impaired reach.
b. weakness of grip.
c. ataxic.
OA 5. one arm affected (R or L)
a. impaired reach.
b. weakness or grip.
c. ataxic.
OAL 6. One arm and one leg affected
MW 7. muscular weakness
B      8. Blind.
LV 9. Low Vision
H      10. Hearing
Note : The above list is subject to revision.

23. A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of  community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidates belongs is included in the list of  reserved communities issued by the Central Government. Ira candidate indicates in his/her application form for Civil  Services (Preliminary) Examination that he!she belongs to General Category but subsequently writes to the Commission to change his/her category, to a reserved one, such request shall not he entertained by the Commission. While the above principle will he followed in general.  there may be a few cases where there was a little gap (say 2-3 months) between the issuance of a Government Notification enlisting a particular community in the list of any of the  reserved communities and the date of submission of the  application by the candidate. In such cases the request of change of community from general to reserved may be  considered by the Commission on merit.

24. The closing date fixed for the receipt of the  application will be treated as the date for determining the  OBC status (including that of creamy layer) of the candidates.

25. No person -
(a) who has entered into or contracted a marriage with a person having a spouse living, or 
(b) who, having a spouse living, has entered into or contracted a marriage with any person,  shall be eligible for appointment to Service : Provided that the Central Government may, if satisfied that such marriage is permissible under the personal law  applicable to such person and the other party to the marriage and there are other grounds for so doing, exempt any person from the operation of this rule.

26. Candidates are informed that some knowledge of Hindi prior to entry into service would be of advantage in passing departmental examinations which candidates have to take ater entry into service.

27. Brief particulars relating to the Services/Posts to which recruitment is being made through this examination are given in Appendix II.

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