UPSC Exam Pattern

Preliminary Examination

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.

  • General studies paper I.
  • CSAT Paper II.

Note:

  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration.
  • (ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

Main Examination

Qualifying Papers:

Paper-A
(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution)
300 Marks
Paper-B
English
300 Marks

Papers to be counted for merit

Grand Total2025 Marks
Paper-I
Essay
250 Marks
Paper-II
General Studies-I
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
250 Marks
Paper-III
General Studies -II
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
250 Marks
Paper-IV
General Studies -III
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
250 Marks
Paper-V
General Studies -IV
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
250 Marks
Paper-VI
Optional Subject - Paper 1
250 Marks
Paper-VII
Optional Subject - Paper 2
250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
Personality Test275 Marks