The Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) conducts the RAS/RTS exam for filling up Group A and Group B vacancies in the state administrative machinery.
The RAS Exam is officially referred to as Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Examination.
It is a highly competitive exam, and the right preparation strategy can only be formed after understanding the RAS Exam Pattern.
The pattern of RAS Exam is modelled loosely on the IAS Exam, which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
The Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Exam is conducted in three stages:
- RAS Pre (Preliminary)
- RAS Mains
- Interview/Viva-voce/Personality Test
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It is not very difficult to prepare for the RAS Examination given you have the right strategy to prepare for the Rajasthan Administrative Services exam. The examination pattern is inclined towards the UPSC exam pattern and various topics included in the RAS exam syllabus are also broadly covered in the IAS exam. The right books, notes, and preparation tips are mentioned at the RAS preparation post. Candidates can check the post and learn how to prepare for the examination and increase the chances to crack it in the first attempt.
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Scheme/Pattern Of RAS Exam
In the new exam pattern of RAS Exam, the Maths based questions have been removed from RAS Mains. This change was introduced in 2018, and the upcoming RAS Mains 2018 will be held as per the new pattern.
The first stage of the RAS exam is the Prelims. The RAS Pre Exam is a screening test which shortlists candidates for the Main stage of the exam.
Unlike the UPSC IAS Prelims, the RAS Pre consists of only one paper.
RAS Pre Exam Pattern
|Name of Exam||Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination/ RAS Pre Exam|
|Number of Papers||One|
|RAS Exam Subjects||General Knowledge and General Science|
|Number of Questions||150|
|Nature of Questions||All questions will be objective type (MCQs)|
|Standard of Paper||Bachelor’s Degree Level|
|Negative Marking||Yes (1/3rd marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer)|
Aspirants for both IAS and RAS exam must also compare the UPSC CSE Syllabus and paper pattern with that for the Rajasthan Public Service Commission exam to look for common topics and subjects. This can help in cumulative study and preparation.
See the RAS Eligibility Criteria here.
The RAS Pre Syllabus is given in brief below:
- History, Culture, Art, Literature, Tradition and Heritage of Rajasthan
- Indian History – Ancient, Medieval and Modern
- Indian and World Geography
- Geography of Rajasthan
- Constitution of India, Political System and Governance
- Administrative and Political System of Rajasthan
- Indian Economy and Basic Economic Concepts
- Economy of Rajasthan
- Science and Technology
- Reasoning and Mental Ability
- Current Affairs – Rajasthan
- Current Affairs – events of national and international importance
Download the detailed Prelims and Mains RAS Syllabus at the linked page.
As per the RPSC RAS exam pattern, the candidates who clear the Pre-exam are allowed to give the Mains.
RAS Mains Exam Pattern
|Name of Exam||Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Competitive (Mains) Examination/ RAS Mains|
|Number of Papers||4|
|RAS Exam Subjects||
|Time||3 hours each|
|Nature of Questions||
|Standard of Paper||
|Maximum Marks||200 marks each|
As per the RAS Exam Pattern for Mains 2018, each General Studies Paper will have short, medium and long answer questions.
|Short Answer Questions||
|Medium Answer Questions||
|Long Answer Questions||
The pattern of RAS Mains GS papers as per the nature of questions:
|Nature of Questions||GS I||GS II||GS III|
|Short||25 questions||15 questions||25 questions|
|Medium||16 questions||14 questions||16 questions|
|Long||7 questions||10 questions||7 questions|
|Total||48 questions, 200 marks||39 questions, 200 marks||48 questions, 200 marks|
RAS Exam Pattern 2018 PDF:- Download PDF Here
Unlike the UPSC IAS Mains, there are no optional subjects in the RPSC RAS exam.
The RAS Mains Syllabus is given in brief below.
|RAS Mains Subjects||Syllabus|
|General Hindi and General English||
Aspirants can go through the previous years’ RPSC question papers to better understand the pattern of the RAS exam.
Candidates reach the Interview stage if they score above the cutoff in RAS Mains. The final merit list is prepared based on the candidate’s score in Mains and Interview. For each stage, a candidate is required to have the hall ticket or e-summon. Candidates can check the details about RPSC Admit Card at the linked article.
The RAS Interview is for 100 marks and aims to test the candidate’s attitude, personality and assess his/her overall suitability for a career in administration. Aspirants can also review the IAS Interview Questions to prepare themselves for the RAS Exam as the ultimate aim of the two services is to appoint administrative officers at the central and state levels.