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RPSC RAS (Rajasthan Public Service Commission) Exam Pattern 2021

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Jan 20, 2021

There are so many civil services that come under Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) such as Rajasthan Judicial Services (RJS), Rajasthan Accounts Service (R.Ac.S.), Rajasthan Police Services, and many others. Rajasthan Administration Services (RAS) is one of the most-sought state civil services which recruits deserving candidates for the proper administration of Rajasthan.

RAS Exam is conducted to employ Group A and Group B vacancies in the administrative machinery of Rajasthan. The RAS selection process consists of three stages which are similar to IAS paper conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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The three stages of RPSC RAS Exam are as follows:

  1. RAS Preliminary Exam
  2. RAS Mains Exam
  3. Personality Test/ Viva-voce / Interview Round

The level of the RAS exam is very tough as there is high competition for the post of civil servants. However, right preparation in a consistent way will make you crack the RAS exam.

Name of the Exam Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) Exam
The official name of the Exam Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Examination
Test conducting body Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC)
Stages of the examination Preliminary Mains Interview
Level of the examination State-level- Rajasthan only
Official Website
RPSC Important Dates

Important Dates RPSC RAS Examination 2021

It is very important to keep track of the events related to every part of the selection process of the RAS Exam. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the examination process has been disrupted as the large public gathering will prove dangerous right now. The following mentioned months are tentative, and the exact information will be updated soon on the website.

Event-related to RPSC RAS Exam Date
Release of the notification August 2021 (tentative)
Online Application August to September, 2021 (tentative)
Release of Admit Card October 2021 (tentative)
Prelims Examination October 2021 (tentative)
Prelims Result November 2021 (tentative)
Main Exam January 2022 (tentative)
Interview call letter February 2022 (tentative)
RPSC RAS declaration of final merit March 2022 (tentative)
RPSC Exam Pattern

RPSC RAS Latest Exam Pattern

The first step on your way to success is having a thorough knowledge of the Exam pattern and the syllabus to keep you focused in the right direction. The pattern of preliminary Exam is as follows:

RAS Prelims Exam

According to the latest pattern, as updated in the year 2018, the RAS prelims exam consists of only one paper. Being the first stage of the examination process, the Prelims functions as a filtering test to shortlist the deserving candidates for RAS Main examination.

Name of the Exam Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Competitive Exam- Preliminary Examination RAS Pre Exam
Number of paper(s) One
RAS Exam subject General Knowledge and General Science
Duration of the Exam Time- 3 hours
No. of questions asked 150 ques.
Type of the questions Objective- Multiple choice questions (MCQ’s)
Total marks 200 marks
Negative Marking Yes, 1/3rd of the marks allotted to every wrong answer will be deducted as penalty
Level of the exam Graduation level
RPSC Prelims Syllabus

RAS Prelims Syllabus

There is the only paper in RAS Prelims which is General Knowledge and General Science. The syllabus of the same is as follows:

  • General Knowledge topics about Rajasthan
  • Current affairs of national and international Importance
  • Indian History and Civics
  • The physical, social, economic geography of India and the world
  • Socio-economic, political and cultural conditions of Rajasthan
  • Indian polity, governance and administration of the State
  • Logical Reasoning and Mental Aptitude
  • General Science and Environmental knowledge

The detailed syllabus of RAS Prelims Exam can be checked on the official website of RPSC -

The candidates who clear the RAS Prelims Exam are qualified to give the RAS Main Examination. As RAS Prelims is just a qualifying test only, the marks obtained in this exam will not be considered for the final RAS Exam result.

RAS Main Exam

Name of the Exam Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Competitive Exam- Main Examination
RAS Main Exam
Number of paper(s) Four
RAS Exam subject(s)
  • General Studies I
  • General Studies II
  • General Studies III
  • General Hindi and General English
Duration of the Exam Time- 3 hours for each paper
Type of the questions Subjective/Theory Paper consisting of: Short, medium and long answers
Maximum marks 200 marks for each paper
Negative Marking Yes, 1/3rd of the marks allotted to every wrong answer will be deducted as penalty
Level of the exam
  • General Studies series- Graduation level
  • General Hindi and General English- Senior Secondary Level

The different types of a pattern of the questions will be short, medium and long answer questions. These will differ in marking scheme and word limit, which are as follows:

Type Short Answer questions Medium Answer questions Long Answer questions
Marking scheme 2 marks per question 5 marks per question 10 marks per question
Limit- Word length 15 words 50 words 100 words

The following table shows the pattern of RAS Mains of General Studies (GS) series of papers:

Type Short Answer questions Medium Answer questions Long Answer questions Total number of ques.
General studies I 25 ques. 16 ques 7 ques. 48 ques.
General Studies II 15 ques. 14 ques. 10 ques. 39 ques.
General Studies III 25 ques. 16 ques. 7 ques. 48 ques.
RPSC Mains Syllabus

RAS Main Examination Syllabus

There are four papers in the RAS Main Examination, namely General Studies I, General Studies II, General Studies III, and General Hindi and General English. The candidates can check the official website of RPSC ( for detailed analysis of the syllabus. The overview of the major topics to be covered in these papers is mentioned below.

Paper I- General Knowledge and General Studies

  • Unit 1 – History
  • Unit 2 – Economics
  • Unit 3 – Sociology, Management, Accounting & Auditing

Paper-II- General Knowledge and General Studies

  • Unit 1 – Administrative Ethics
  • Unit 2 – General Science and Technology
  • Unit 3 – Earth Science (Geography and Geology)

Paper III- General Knowledge and General Studies

  • Unit I- Indian Political System, World Politics and Current Affairs
  • Unit II- Concepts, Issues and Dynamics of Public Administration and Management
  • Unit III- Sports and Yoga, Behavior and Law

Paper IV- General Hindi and General English

  • Grammar and Usage
  • Comprehension, Translation and Precis Writing
  • Composition and Letter Writing

RAS Interview Round/ Personality Test

This an overall personality assessment exam where the general suitability of the candidates will be checked. During the test, the questions asked by the interviewers may range from current affairs of national and international importance, and the socio-economic and political knowledge about the prevailing conditions in the state of Rajasthan. The candidates will be judged upon the soft powers like leadership qualities, communication skills, mental agility and analytical outlook.

RPSC Marking Scheme

RAS Exam Marking Scheme

As mentioned earlier the Prelims exam is just for screening purposes, so its marks will not be included in the main result. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the Main Examination and Interview Round.

Stage of RAS Exam Marks Obtained
Main Examination GS 1- 200
GS 2- 200
GS 3- 200
Gen. Hindi- 120
Gen. English- 80
Total- 800 marks
Personality Round 100 marks
Total Marks 900 marks

The golden key to crack any competitive exam is to have a knack of the previous years’ question papers. This is because a number of times similar patterns of questions are repeated, and having a thorough language of which will give you an advantage.

Secondly, always attempt a lot of mock test papers which will help you in dealing with exam stress. Solving more and more mock tests will help in building up your confidence level and positive outlook. Gook luck for your endeavours.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


lakshay kakkar
What is the exam pattern of RPSC RAS for prelims and Mains both? Is there negative marking in prelims?
kavita rani

Hi Lakshay. RPSC RAS prelims is entirely based on general knowledge, total marks for this exam is 200 and the candidates are allotted 3 hours to give answer all the questions. For more details, refer here.