The Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) was established in August 1949. The RPSC is located at Ajmer.
The merger of princely states meant that any PSCs (or similar bodies) pre-existing in the constituent states were abolished once the RPSC came into effect.
Official Website – https://www.rpsc.rajasthan.gov.in/
One of the exams conducted by RPSC is the RAS/RTS Combined Competitive Exam which is also known as the Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Competitive Exam.
The RPSC RAS Exam is conducted to fill Group A and Group B vacancies in the state of Rajasthan.
You can find the posts, eligibility details, exam pattern etc. in the official recruitment notification.
Candidates should regularly check the official website for the latest RPSC news.
The eligibility criteria for the RAS exam:
To read in detail about the eligibility criteria and Age Limit Relaxation for various categories, check Official Website.
The RAS exam pattern is modelled loosely on the UPSC IAS exam. The RAS exam comprises three stages:
The first stage is the RAS Pre Exam. In this stage, there is only one paper for 200 marks. There are 150 MCQs in the paper and the time duration is of 3 hrs.
The RAS syllabus for Prelims consists of History, Geography, Polity, Economy and Current Affairs related to both India and Rajasthan in particular. Few questions on Reasoning and Mental Ability are also part of the Prelims Exam. Candidates who clear the RAS Pre reach the Mains stage of the examination.
In RAS Mains, there are 4 theory papers for a total of 800 marks.
|Paper I||General Studies – I||200||3 hours|
|Paper II||General Studies – II||200||3 hours|
|Paper III||General Studies – III||200||3 hours|
|Paper IV||General Hindi and General English||200||3 hours|
For e.g., if candidates are preparing for RPSC, then they also need to study History, Economy, Geography, Polity, and Current Affairs related to Rajasthan state as mentioned in the RAS Syllabus.
The RAS Pre Exam is a screening test and marks are not counted for the final merit list.
RAS Pre Syllabus and Pattern is as follows:
|Rajasthan Specific Parts||General Topics|
The RAS Syllabus for Mains comprises 4 theory papers of 200 marks each. The papers consist of short, medium and long answer questions.
There are no optional papers in the syllabus for RAS Mains, unlike the UPSC Mains Syllabus Marks in the RAS Mains along with the Interview marks are counted for the final merit list.
|Paper I||General Studies I||
|Paper II||General Studies II||
|Paper III||General Studies III||
|Paper IV||General Hindi and General English||
After the Mains stage, comes the Personality Test. It is conducted by the RPSC panel and is for 100 marks. The interview aims to check the candidate’s suitability for the administrative career.
To understand the exam pattern and the difficulty level of the RAS exam, aspirants can go through the previous years’ question papers.
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