RPSC RAS Exam Pattern For Prelims, Mains

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.

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The Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Exam is conducted in three stages:

  1. RAS Pre (Preliminary)
  2. RAS Mains
  3. Interview/Viva-voce/Personality Test
Worried about how to prepare for the RAS Exam?

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.

Check the RAS Preparation right now and start preparing!

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
Time 3 hours
Number of Questions 150
Nature of Questions All questions will be objective type (MCQs)
Standard of Paper Bachelor’s Degree Level
Maximum Marks 200
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:

  1. History, Culture, Art, Literature, Tradition and Heritage of Rajasthan
  2. Indian History – Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  3. Indian and World Geography
  4. Geography of Rajasthan
  5. Constitution of India, Political System and Governance
  6. Administrative and Political System of Rajasthan
  7. Indian Economy and Basic Economic Concepts
  8. Economy of Rajasthan
  9. Science and Technology
  10. Reasoning and Mental Ability
  11. Current Affairs – Rajasthan
  12. 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
  • General Studies I
  • General Studies II
  • General Studies III
  • General Hindi and General English
Time 3 hours each
Nature of Questions
  • Essay/descriptive type.
  • The papers will have short, medium and long answer questions.
Standard of Paper
  • Degree Level
  • General Hindi and General English will be of Senior Secondary Level
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
  • Marks Per Question – 02
  • Word Limit – 15
Medium Answer Questions
  • Marks Per Question – 05
  • Word Limit – 50
Long Answer Questions
  • Marks Per Question – 10
  • Word Limit – 100

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
  • History
  • Economics
  • Sociology, Management, Accounting and Auditing
  • Administrative Ethics
  • General Science and Technology
  • Earth Science
  • Indian Political System, World Politics and Current Affairs
  • Concepts, Issues and Dynamics of Public Administration and Management
  • Sports and Yoga, Behaviour and Law
General Hindi and General English
  • General Hindi – Grammar and Usage, Comprehension, Translation, Precis, Composition and Letter Writing
  • General English – Grammar and Usage, Comprehension, Translation, Precis, Composition and Letter Writing

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.


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  2. Respected sir , I have questions regarding. RAS exam , will you help me to clear it out ??
    1). Is there any optional subject in the RAS exam?
    2) Have a great confusion about books list 2021 ?

    3)sir , can I prepare RAS at home as I can’t afford classes?

  3. Hi
    I have done bachelors of medical lab technology . Can i give RAS exam?