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O Lord ! Give me from Your Countenance a sustaining power

(A unit of Zakat Foundation of India)

Rules and Application Procedure for Selection of ZFI Fellows 2021 (Civil Services Exam 2022)

Application Deadline: Sep 12, 2021 midnight


ZFI Fellowship

1. ZFI selects and helps in coaching of a limited number of 'ZFI Fellows,' i.e. academically meritorious candidates with serious interest in appearing for the highly competitive Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission of India (UPSC). For this purpose ZFI has opened its online application opportunity that would close on August 22, 2021. Test will be held online followed by interview of shortlisted candidates. The date and time and Online Exam Link will be emailed to the registered candidates.

How to Apply

2(a) Graduates aged 19-28 years (as on 01 Sept of the year in which the UPSC Prelim Exam will be held for which the selection procedure is organized) are invited to apply (online only) at

(b) The upper age limit as mentioned above will be taken as 30 years in respect of candidates belonging to the following categories: OBC/J&K Resident/ST or having earlier qualified the Prelims of UPSC Civil Services or a State PSC.

Selection Procedure:

3. Candidates have to appear (in English medium) for written test of 1 hr 15 minutes (and interview of shortlisted candidates) as follows:

(A) Written: (i) General Studies & Aptitude Test (on the pattern of UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam). (ii) Essay - 150 words

(B) Interview (of those candidates who succeed in the written test).

Finally Selected Candidates

Within 15 days of the email intimation sent to him/her that s/he has been selected as a ZFI Fellow:

(a) Each selected candidate will be required to fill a joining form online and upload his/her (i) recent passport size photograph, (ii) Adhaar Card and (iii) certificates/marksheets/degrees from matriculation till graduation (and above, if applicable). For this purpose, the link would be provided by ZFI in the intimation email.

(b) Non-refundable Admission Fee of Rs 25,000 will be deposited by each selected ZFI Fellow. This amount shall be remitted online / through bank transfer to the account of Zakat Foundation of India as per details given on homepage of Screen shot of the remittance alongwith full details of the candidate should be emailed at

To the newly selected ZFI Fellows, online coaching for UPSC Civil Services Prelims will be provided in one of the reputed institutions as empanelled by ZFI. No Boarding nor Lodging will be provided.

ZFI's decision is final

4. By applying for ZFI Fellowship the candidate is presumed to have accepted the conditions of ZFI Fellowship and is presumed to have solemnly affirmed that in all matters the decision of ZFI shall be final and binding on him/her.

Sanction against non-compliance:

5. In case a candidate, after his/her selection, ever refuses to comply with any of these requirements, fine/penalty is/are leviable by ZFI none of which shall be questioned in any administrative/legal/judicial proceeding.

Welcome on board:

6. The ZFI Fellows are taken under the guidance and supervision of Zakat Foundation of India in order to help them properly prepare for the UPSC Civil Services Examination. They are expected not to treat themselves as guests of ZFI. Instead, they would do their best to ensure that this short association turns into a life long asset for both as well as for the society and the nation.

"I will fly and fly"

سول سروس : ابتدائ تیاری کا بیجاپور ماڈل
Civil Service: Ibtedaaee tayyari ka Bijapur model

(Roznama Sahara
19 May 2016)

سول سروسز: اپنی دنیا آپ پیدا کر اگر زندوں میں ہے
Civil Services: Apni duniya aap paida kar agar zindon mein hai

(Roznama Sahara
9 July 2015)

سول سروسز میں ہماری شمولیت کی اہمیت
Civil services mein hamari shumuliat ki ahammiyat

(Roznama Sahara
23 April 2015)

سول سروسز کے ذریعہ ملت بااختیار بن سکتی ہے
Civil Services ke zariye millat ba-akhtiyar ban sakti hai.

Rashtriya Sahara Dec 07, 2017


Former ZFI Fellow Mohd Shahid Alam, now in IFS, currently Dy. Consul General, Indian Consulate in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

Mohd. Ali Shihab, IAS



'Sachar Report' (Prime Minister's Office) on Social, Economic and Educational Status of India's Minority Community. click here >

Summary of 'Sachar Report.' click here >

Mr Suhail Sheikh of Mumbai in ZFI office