UPSC Exam (IAS) Exam Scheme

UPSC Exam Pattern and Mark Scheme

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The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination
  2. Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services


Qualification Paper Information Marks
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
Paper-BEnglish 300
Papers to be counted for merit:
Paper-IEssay 250
Paper-IIGeneral Studies-I(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250
Paper-III General Studies -II(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250
Paper-IVGeneral Studies -III(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250
Paper-VGeneral Studies -IV(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250
Paper-VIOptional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper-VIIOptional Subject – Paper 2 250
Sub Total (Written test) 1750
Personality Test 275
Grand Total 2025






» Each paper will be of three hours duration.
» The papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
» Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.
» Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper-I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.
» Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language papers Paper-A and Paper-B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India or in English.
The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only.


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