UPSC Civil Service Exam Pattern Syllabus


UPSC Civil Services Examination syllabus

UPSC Civil services examination which are also known as Indian Administrative services (IAS) examination are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There are three phases in the examination,

  • Preliminary examination
  • Main examination
  • Interview

Preliminary Examination

The preliminary examination which is also known as the CSAT exam is an Aptitude test consists of various general knowledge and logical reasoning based objective questions. The prelims has two papers which have 200 marks each. So the total marks will be 400. The Preliminary exam is meant as a screening process for selecting candidates for Main examination.

PaperSubjectMarksTime
IGeneral Studies2002 hrs
IIAptitude Skills2002 hrs

Paper- I :

The first paper of the preliminary examination will consist of questions about current affairs, Political history, Economics and Governance of India.

Paper II :

The paper II consists of questions to check the inter personnel skills, Comprehension, Basic Numeracy, Decision making and problem solving skill of the candidates.

There are previous year question papers available for download in the official website of UPSC and the students can a look to get general idea on what kind of questions will be asked in the preliminary examination by using the link given below.

Main Examination

Paper

Subject

Marks

I

Language paper (Choice of student)

300

II

English

300

IIIEssay

250

IV/V/VI/VII

General Studies (250 Marks For Each Paper)

1000

VIII & IX

Optional Subject 1

500

Total

1750

The main examination tests the academic knowledge and understanding of the candidates. There are 9 papers in main examination and among the 9 papers there are two language papers which are considered as qualifying papers. Even Though the candidates have to pass this papers their score will not be considered for the total score of test.

  • Any Indian Language
  • English

 

  • Paper – I

Essay

Candidate can use any medium or language

250

  • Paper-II

General Studies- I

(Indian Heritage and Culture,

History and Geography of the World and Society)

250

  • Paper-III

General Studies- II

(Constitution, Polity, Governance, Social Justice and International relations)

250

  • Paper-IV

General Studies- III

(Technology, Bio-diversity, Environment, Economic Development, Security and Disaster Management)

250

  • Paper-V

General Studies- IV

(Integrity and Aptitude, Ethics)

(Marks carried by General Studies was 4X250=1000)

250

  • Paper-VI

Optional Subject – Paper 1

250

  • Paper-VII

Optional Subject – Paper II

250

List of Optional subjects

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Interview / Personality Test

The students who have passed the main examination will be called for the Interview and the interview will be a personify test. The sores for interview will be 275 marks and the questions and interview will be based on the panel and the find selection also lies in the hands of selection comity.

To check the notification and of her details click here.

To check previous year question papers click here.

To check previous year cutoff marks click here.


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