Compulsory Indian Language Paper For UPSC 

The UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination is consist of nine papers. In which compulsory Indian language paper is called Paper A. This paper is qualifying in nature and the marks from this paper do not count in the final merit. But to clear this paper is very must. Aspirants can pass in this paper by getting at least 30% of total marks, i.e., 90 out of 300 marks. The other eight papers in the UPSC Civil Services Examination are 4 GS papers,2 Optional papers,English and Essay papers.

If aspirants do not clear this language paper, the UPSC will not disclose your marks in the GS, optional and essay paper. So, all the efforts done by aspirants will go in vain if aspirants will not take this paper seriously. Aspirants will also not know where they stand in terms of other papers of this UPSC Examination.

List Of Language Papers in UPSC: 

Here is a list of languages which aspirants can choose from for their UPSC language paper.


Language                             Script

Assamese                             Assamese

Bengali                                  Bengali

Gujarati                                 Gujarati

Hindi                                     Devanagari

Kannada                                Kannada

Kashmiri                                Persian

Konkani                                Devanagari

Malayalam                            Malayalam

Manipuri                               Bengali

Marathi                                 Devanagari

Nepali                                   Devanagari

Oriya                                     Oriya

Punjabi                                 Gurumukhi

Sanskrit                                Devanagari

Sindhi                                   Devanagari

Or Arabic

Tamil                                    Tamil

Telugu                                  Telugu

Urdu                                     Persian

Bodo                                   Devanagari

Dogri                                   Devanagari

Maithili                               Devanagari

Santhali                               Devanagari

Or Olchiki


Structure Of Paper A in UPSC Mains Exam


Essay writing                       100 marks

Reading comprehension     60 marks

Précis writing                        60 marks


English to the compulsory

language chosen for             20 marks


Translating the Compulsory

Indian language to English   20 marks


Usage of grammar and 

basic language  –                 40 marks

Sources For Language Paper A

  • Questions asked in this paper are of matriculation or equivalent standards.
  • CBSE school level books of std.X will be sufficient for this paper.
  • 15 minute daily newspaper reading of your language paper.
  • Last year questions practice to get a clarity.

The other language paper in the UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam is the compulsory English language paper, which requires certain special focus by all aspirants . There are a some point  to tackle the Compulsory English Paper in UPSC Civil Services Exam following which every UPSC aspirants can walk over the paper with ease.