Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Examination

  • The UPSC Civil Services Examination is conducted in two stages:
    • Preliminary Examination
    • Main and Interview
  • Stage 1: UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam Pattern
    Name of the PaperNumber of QuestionMarks AllotedTime AllotedNature of ExamNegative Marks
    Paper I: General Studies(History, Indian Economy, Geography, Indian Polity, Science & Technology, Environment, and Current Affairs)100200120The score will be considered for Cut-offYes
    Paper II: CSAT (Logical Reasoning, Decision-Making, General Mental Ability, Basic Numeracy and Data Interpretation)80200120Qualifying in Nature - 33% Cut-offYes
  • Stage 2: UPSC CSE Mains & Interview Exam Pattern
    Qualifying Papers (Non - Ranking)
    Paper AOne of the Indian language to be selected by the candidate from the languages enumerated in the Eight Schedule of the Indian Constitution300 Marks
    Paper BEnglish300 Marks
    Papers to be Counted for Merit (Ranking)
    Paper IEssay250 Marks
    Paper IIGeneral Studies I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)250 Marks
    Paper IIIGeneral Studies II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)250 Marks
    Paper IVGeneral Studies III (Technology, Economic,Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)250 Marks
    Paper VGeneral Studies IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250 Marks
    Paper VIOptional Subject- Paper 1250 Marks
    Paper VIIOptional Subject- Paper 2250 Marks
    Subtotal (Written test)1750 Marks
    Personality Test (Interview)275 Marks
    Grand Total2025 Marks