What is pattern of UPSC Civil Services Exam ?

Q. What is pattern of UPSC Civil Services Exam ?

The UPSC IAS exam, officially known as the Civil Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) annually. In spite of being regarded as one of the toughest exams in the country, it is the most sought after exam among today’s youth. Right approach & correct planning can make an aspirant get through the IAS exam with flying colours in the very first attempt.

To start with, an aspirant must be clear about the UPSC IAS exam pattern. This will help her/him decide his complete strategy for the coming 1 year of preparation.

The IAS examination comprises of two successive stages. Those who make it through all the stages of the UPSC exam enter into the most coveted services of the Country like IAS, IPS, IFS, IFoS, IRS and others.

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern

The two stages of the Civil Services Exam (IAS Exam) are:

1. Stage I - Civil Services Preliminary Examination

2. Stage II – Civil Services Main Examination

Civil Services Preliminary Examination

Civil Services Preliminary Examination is conducted to select candidates for the Main Examination. It is objective type in nature and consists of two papers carrying 200 marks each. The marks of the candidates who qualify the Preliminary Exam are not taken into account for determining the Final Merit.

Paper Name

Time Duration

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Nature of Paper

GS Paper I

2 hours

100

200

Marks considered for Preliminary Exam Merit

GS Paper II (CSAT)

2 hours

80

200

Qualifying in nature

Civil Services Main Examination

Civil Services Main Examination consists of written examination and interview test.

The written examination consists of 9 papers out of which 2 papers are only qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in the remaining 7 papers and the interview test together are considered for making the final merit.

Paper Name

Time Duration

Total Marks

Nature of Paper

Paper A – Compulsory Indian Language Paper

3 hours

300

 

Qualifying in nature

Paper B – English Language Paper

3 hours

300

Paper I – Essay

3 hours

250

 

 

 

Considered for Merit

Paper II – General Studies I

3 hours

250

Paper III – General Studies II

3 hours

250

Paper IV – General Studies III

3 hours

250

Paper V – General Studies IV

3 hours

250

Paper VI – Optional Paper I

3 hours

250

Paper VII – Optional Paper II

3 hours

250

Total

 

1750

 

Interview/ Personality Test

 

275

 

Grand Total

 

2025

 

Clearing the UPSC CSE Exam is a mix of ‘dedication, focus, right approach, motivation, knowing what to do, well-thought strategy and proper implementation’. It is important to keep oneself updated about the latest UPSC Exam pattern & Syllabus so as to be on the right track throughout your preparation.

Read the UPSC IAS 2019 Official Notification (click here)

Read the Complete UPSC CSE Syllabus (click here)

Booklist for UPSC Preparation (click here)

All The Best!