UPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2020 For Civil Services Examination | Career Launcher

The UPSC Mains Exam for Civil Services consists of 9 papers that are conducted across 5-7 days. Only those candidates who have qualified Prelims are allowed to sit for UPSC Mains Examination. A separate hall ticket is issued to the qualified candidates. Since the prelims exam is of qualifying nature, the marks obtained in UPSC CSE Mains are extremely crucial for the determination of final rank.

The UPSC CSE Mains is of descriptive nature and candidates are required to write the answers in the answer sheets provided by the UPSC.

Paper

Subject

Duration

Total marks

Paper A

Compulsory Indian language

3 hours

300

Paper B

English

3 hours

300

Paper I

Essay

3 hours

250

Paper-II

General Studies I

3 hours

250

Paper III

General Studies II

3 hours

250

Paper IV

General Studies III

3 hours

250

Paper V

General Studies IV

3 hours

250

Paper VI

Optional I

3 hours

250

Paper VII

Optional II

3 hours

250

Except for language papers A and B that are qualifying in nature, all the other papers are of merit-ranking nature. Marks obtained in them will determine the rank of the candidate.

Furthermore, Paper A is not compulsory for candidates from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, and Nagaland as well as for candidates with hearing impairment. But they are required to prove that they have been exempted from such 2nd or 3rd language courses by their concerned board or university. As for the Indian Language paper, the candidates can choose any of the languages included in the 8th Schedule of the constitution.

Know all about the UPSC Civil Services Examination pattern (in detail)

  • The civil services examination is a nationwide competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IPS) among others.
  • The UPSC civil services exam is conducted in two phases a preliminary examination consisting of two objective type papers(general studies and aptitude test) and the main examination consisting of nine papers, followed by a personality test(interview)
  • From 2011 onwards, the preliminary examination officially called as General studies paper I and General studies paper II intends to focus on analytical abilities and understanding rather than the ability to memorize.
  • The new UPSC civil services examination pattern includes two papers of two hours duration and 200 marks each. Both papers have multiple choice objective type questions
  • Paper I of the civil services preliminary tests the candidate's knowledge on current events, history of India and Indian national movement, Indian and world geography, Indian polity and governance, economic and social development, environmental ecology, biodiversity, climate change, and general science
  • Paper-II of the UPSC civil services preliminary Tests the candidate's ability in comprehension, interpersonal and communication skills, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision making and problem-solving ability, basic numeracy, data interpretation, and general mental ability
  • The main examination is a written examination consisting of nine papers, of which two are qualifying in nature and seven are for ranking purposes. Candidates who pass the qualifying papers are ranked according to marks obtained in the remaining 7 papers. The selected candidates are called for the Interview or Personality Test at the commission's discretion.
  • There is one paper on essay for 250 marks wherein the candidate is required to write two essays, of 175 marks each, in three hours.
  • There are four papers of General studies for 250 marks each which comprises of Indian Heritage, history and culture, Geography of India and the World, Indian Polity, constitution and governance, Social Issues, International relations Indian economic development, biodiversity and environment, security and disaster management as well as ethics integrity and aptitude
  • Besides the GS papers, the candidate will also have to answer 2 papers of 250 marks each from a subject chosen from a list of Optional subjects. Two qualifying papers are of Indian language and English
  • The overwhelming share of General studies in the total scheme of examination warrants an extensive preparation of these subjects for getting qualified in this examination. The selection of optional subject is also very important in the overall context.

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