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Rajasthan Administration Service (RAS)

Rajasthan Administrative Service, popularly known as RAS, is a state civil service of state Rajasthan along with Rajasthan Accounts Service, Rajasthan Police Service and other services. The officers are included in the state cadre of civil service officers. RAS officers undergo two years training at HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration.Cadre controlling authority for this service is Department of Personnel, Government of Rajasthan. The head of this service is Chief Secretary.

RAS Requirement

RAS officers start service as assistant collector and executive magistrate in training period. After training they usually serve as Sub-Divisional Magistrate for some years. After that they are posted as additional district collector and additional district magistrate or additional Divisional Commissioner till their induction in Indian Administrative Service by promotion. Beside these posts they also hold various other posts like Deputy Secretary to Rajasthan Government, Joint Secretary to Rajasthan Government, Deputy Inspector General Stamp and Registration, Special Assistant to State Minister, Commissioner to Municipal Corporation, Additional Chief Executive Officer to Zila Parishad, Chief Executive Officer to Zila Parishad,District Supply Officer,Secretary to Urban Improvement Trust, Registrar to State University, District Excise Officer, Member of Board of Revenue, Deputy and additional Commissioner to Colonisation and many other posts to different department.

Education Qualification

Must hold a Degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other Educational Institution 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 recognized by the Government in consultation with the Commission.

Exam Pattern

The Combined Competitive Examination will be held in two successive stages:

1. Preliminary Examination

2. Main Examination

Preliminary Examination:

The Preliminary Examination will consist of one paper on the subject specified below, which will be of objective type and carry a maximum of 200 marks. The examination is meant to serve as a screening test only. The Standard of the paper will be that of a Bachelor’s Degree Level. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates, who are declared qualified for admission to Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

Subject No. of Questions Max Marks Time Duration
General Knowledge & General Science 150 200 3 Hours

Main Examination:

(a) The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be 15 times the total approximate number of vacancies (category wise) to be filled in the year in the various Services and posts, but in the said range all those candidates who secure the same percentage of marks as may be fixed by the Commission for any lower range will be admitted to the Main Examination.

(b) The written examination will consist of the following four papers which will be descriptive/analytical. A candidate must take all the papers listed below which will also consist of question paper of brief, medium, long answer and descriptive type questions. The standard of General Hindi and General English will be that of Sr. Secondary level. The time allowed for each paper shall be 3 hours.

Subject Max Marks Time Duration
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

Detialed Analysis of Main Examination is given below:

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

Personality and viva-voce Examination:-

(i) Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written test of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion shall be summoned by them for an interview for a personality test which carries 100 marks.

(ii) The Commission shall award marks to each candidate interviewed by them. In interviewing the candidates besides awarding marks in respect of character, personality, address, physique, marks shall also be awarded for the candidate’s knowledge of Rajasthani culture. However for selection to the Rajasthan Police Service, candidates having ‘C’ Certificate of N.C.C. shall be given preference. The marks so awarded shall be added to the marks obtained in the written test by each such candidate.