UPSC Exam Pattern

UPSC Exam Pattern,Syllabus

The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in two stages Prelims and Mains which are then followed by an interview.

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations is as follows:

Latest Pattern of Civil Services (Mains) Examination


UPSC Preliminary Examination

There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each in the Civil Services Prelims Exam.


(i) Both the question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions) of two hours each.

(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills would be provided only in English.

(iii) Blind candidates would be allowed an extra 20 minutes of time at each paper.

Main Examination

The UPSC Exam Pattern written examination will consist of the following papers:

Paper – ISection 1Essay250 Marks
Paper – IIGeneral Studies–IIndian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society250 Marks
Paper – IIIGeneral Studies–IIGovernance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations250 Marks
Paper – IVGeneral Studies–IIITechnology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management250 Marks
Paper – VGeneral Studies–IVEthics, Integrity and Aptitude250 Marks
Paper – VIPaper – IOptional Subject250 Marks
Paper – VIIPaper – IIOptional Subject250 Marks
Total marks from written test1750 Marks
Personality Test (Interview)275 Marks
Grand Total2025 Marks
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