Preliminary Examination(Objective Section)

 PHASE : 2

Main Examination(Subjective Section)

 PHASE : 3

Interview (Vocal Section)


UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)is oneof the toughest and prestigious examinations held in India, gives a chance to get most eminent designation offered by Indian Government. Thus a detailed look throughout the syllabus is very necessary, especially for those who are going to appear IAS for the first time.

UPSC – Examination is conducted in three phases:

Phase – I : Preliminary Examination –

Preliminary Examination of UPSC Consist of two papers, each of 200 marks and two

hours of duration and it is compulsory to appear in both.

It is an objective section, and every wrong attempt will cost you 1/3rd marks of the attempted question.

Prelims is just a screening test, thus the marks obtained will not be entertained in your final merit.

General Studies [100Q x 2m = 200 Marks]

Civil Services Aptitude Test = [80Q x 2.5M = 200 Marks]

Preliminary Exam

(Objective Type)

1/3 Negative Marking (Except in Decision Making)

 General Studies (G.S.)





Ecology & Environment

General Science & Technology

Current Affairs

Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT)



Decision Making

Interpersonal Skills

Basic Numeracy (Maths)

General Mental Ability

Data Interpretation

Stage 2 – Mains (Subjective Type)

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

*The UPSC has revised the pattern of Civil Services Main examination from 2016.

*Now there are 7 + 2 = 9 papers to be answered in the main examination. All of them are of

descriptive type. There are two qualifying papers 1) any modern Indian language of 300

marks 2) English of 300 marks. The marks of these two papers will not be counted in the

merit list of the main examination.

* The candidate is allowed to pick any one language from the Eight Schedule of the

Constitution or English as the medium for writing the mains examination.

* According to the new pattern there are “FOUR” General Studies paper each comprising of

250 Marks with a total of 1000 Marks are made compulsory. The scope of the syllabus of

General Studies papers are of degree level.

* There is only “ONE” optional subject to choose from the list of subjects. It comprises of two

papers each of 250 marks. So the optional paper has total 500 marks. The scope of the

syllabus of optional paper is higher than the bachelor’s degree but lower than the master’s level.

* Interview/Personality Test is of 275 Marks. Candidate can give preference of the language

in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.

*The total mark of the written examination is 1750 Marks.

*The Interview/Personality Test will be of 275 marks.

*The Grand Total 2025 Marks


300 Marks 25%

 Regional Language

300 Marks 30%

Paper – 1- 250 Marks

Paper – 2- 250 Marks

 P3 Essay – 250 – 3 Hrs.

P4 G.S. Paper-I-250 Marks – 3Hrs.          P5 G.S. Paper-II-250 Marks – 3Hrs.

 P6 G.S. Paper-III-250 Marks – 3Hrs.    P7 G.S. Paper-IV-250 Marks – 3Hrs. 

P8 + P9 Optional Paper

 STAGE – 3


Written Exam – 1750, Interview – 275 Marks

Grand Total – 1750 + 275 = 2025 Marks

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