CSE – Civil Services Exam
The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which is common for the candidates applying for Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination, and acts as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern
The UPSC IAS Exam is conducted in three stages:
Preliminary: It is objective type test and shortlists the candidates for Mains exams.
Mains: It is a descriptive test which further shortlists the candidates for interview round.
Interview round/Personality Test: This is the last stage of selection process. It is done to select candidates for various posts.
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern: Preliminary Exam
- The Preliminary exam consist of two papers –
- General Ability Test (GAT) and
- Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT)
- Both these papers are compulsory but their marks are not considered to prepare the final result.
- The questions are of objective type with 4 answer choices. Candidates have to select the correct answer.
- There is a provision of negative marking where ¼ of the total marks allotted to the question are deducted for incorrect answer.
- The question papers will be in two languages – Hindi and English. The question on reading comprehension will be only in English.
IAS Preliminary Exam Pattern: Quick Overview
|Paper Name||Time Duration||Marks Allotted|
|Paper 1: General Ability Test (GAT)||2 Hours||200|
|Paper 2: English Language and Aptitude||2 Hours||200|
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern: Mains Exam
Only those candidates who qualify Prelims are eligible to appear for the Main exam.
- IAS Mains consist of 9 papers:
- 2 papers of qualifying nature
- 7 papers to be considered for merit formation
- Candidates have to appear in all 9 papers. Failing in any of the qualifying papers will result in cancellation of candidature.
IAS Mains Exam Pattern – List of Papers
|Paper 1 (Candidates have to select one of the Indian language included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution)||300|
|Paper 2 (English)||300|
|Papers Considered for Merit|
|Paper 1 – Essay||250|
|Paper 2 – General Studies I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)||250|
|Paper 3 – General Studies II (Constitution, Governance, Social Justice, Polity and International Relation)||250|
|Paper 4 – General Studies III (Economic Development, Technology, Environment, Bio-diversity, Security and Disaster Management)||250|
|Paper 5 – General Studies IV (Integrity, Ethics and Aptitude)||250|
|Paper 6 – Optional Subject 1||250|
|Paper 7 – Optional Subject 2||250|
Each paper is of 3 hours time duration.
There is no sectional cutoff. Marks for both paper I and paper II are combined to select candidates for the Mains exam.