Candidates must be well versed with the exam pattern in order to have an edge over their peers. A thorough understanding of the exam pattern enhances the preparation and increases the chance of selection. In addition to the UPSC Exam pattern, we will also be discussing the marking scheme of UPSC CSE 2020. It will allow you to allocate the time for the preparation of the specific subject effectively.
UPSC conducts the Civil Service Examination in three phases namely:
Candidates who qualify all the rounds are recommended for joining the civil services in India. Let us discuss the pattern and marking scheme for each of the rounds.
As you may already know, UPSC CSE Prelims consists of two papers namely General Studies I and CSAT (General Studies Paper-II). While CSAT is qualifying in nature, the marks obtained in General Studies paper determine whether or not you qualify for the next round. It means your score in General Studies Paper will be considered for the cutoff.
Additionally, there is negative marking for the wrong answers. 1/3rd of the marks allotted for the question would be deducted as a penalty for marking the wrong answer. However, if you do not attempt the question, there will be no deductions. Hence, you should take only calculated risk when it comes to marking doubtful questions.
Now, let us look at the UPSC exam pattern for UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020:
|Name of the Pape||No of Questions||Marks Allotted||Time Allotted||Nature of Exam|
|Paper I: General Studies (Objective-type)||100||200||2 hours||The score will be considered for Cut-off|
|Paper-II: General Studies-II (CSAT) (Objective-Type)||80||200||2 hours||Qualifying Nature- Candidates will have to score 33% to qualify CSAT.|
Following points should be kept in mind while appearing for IAS Exam 2020:
Check out the weightage of each subject of prelims here.
The UPSC Exam Pattern 2020 for Mains is discussed below. The IAS Mains Exam consists of two types of papers viz qualifying and merit-ranking. Paper A and Paper B namely Language paper and English paper will be qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be added to marks that may determine your rank. All the other papers will be evaluated for merit purposes.
|Paper||Subject||Duration||Total marks||Time Allotted||Nature of paper||Type of Paper|
|Paper A||Compulsory Indian language||3 hours||300||3 hours||Qualifying||Descriptive|
|Paper B||English||3 hours||300||3 hours||Qualifying||Descriptive|
|Paper I||Essay||3 hours||250||3 hours||Merit||Descriptive|
|Paper-II||General Studies I||3 hours||250||3 hours||Merit||Descriptive|
|Paper III||General Studies II||3 hours||250||3 hours||Merit||Descriptive|
|Paper IV||General Studies III||3 hours||250||3 hours||Merit||Descriptive|
|Paper V||General Studies IV||3 hours||250||3 hours||Merit||Descriptive|
|Paper VI||Optional I||3 hours||250||3 hours||Merit||Descriptive|
|Paper VII||Optional II||3 hours||250||3 hours||Merit||Descriptive|
Following points should be kept in mind while preparing for UPSC CSE Mains 2020:
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