UPSC IAS Exam Pattern | Latest Civil Services Exam Paper


Hello viewers…. welcome to our blog. Are you preparing for IAS exam? Searching for exam pattern of IAS exam? If your answers to these questions are yes,  then this article helps you. Here in this post we are providing details of UPSC IAS exam pattern.

The IAS exam was conducted by UPSC. The UPSC has all the rights to conduct UPSC CSE IAS exam. The UPSC IAS exam is a three stage examination. The IAS exam consists of preliminary exam, mains exam and personal interview. To get placed as an IAS officer, the candidate has to clear all the 3 stage examination. The candidate’s should study well and do work hard to clear UPSC IAS exam. the exam pattern is different for both preliminary and mains exam. The UPSC IAS exam pattern is designed in a way to test the ability of the candidate. the exam pattern is in a such way to check the knowledge and mental ability of the candidate.

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern

UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam Pattern

The UPSC IAS exam is also called as Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). The preliminary exam is a common test for all the applied candidates.

  • The UPSC IAS preliminary exam is conducted every year.
  • The preliminary exam was conducted in July every year and result was announced in the month of August.
  • The preliminary exam consists of 2 papers.
  • Each paper is conducted for 200 marks.
  • The both question papers consists of questions in objective type questions.
  • The preliminary exam was conducted in offline and it is a pen and paper based exam.
  • The UPSC IAS preliminary exam is conducted for maximum marks of 400 marks for 2 papers.
  • The 2 question papers are designed in both languages Hindi and English.
  • The duration of each paper is 2 hours.

UPSC IPS Mains Exam Pattern:

  • The candidates who have qualified in preliminary exam are eligible to attend mains exam.
  • The mains exam was conducted in the month of October and results were announced in January.
  • There are 9 papers in mains exams, out of these 9 papers the candidate should qualify 7 papers, how ever the candidate should gain minimum marks in optional 2 papers.
  • The mains exam was conducted for a total of 2025 marks.
Name of PaperSubject Total Marks
Paper AOne of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the 8th schedule300
Paper BEnglish300
Paper IEssay250
Paper IIGeneral Studies  I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III (Technology, Economic Development, Environment, Security, Disaster Management and Bio-diversity)250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250
Paper VIOptional Subject Paper 1250
Paper VIIOptional Subject Paper 2250
  • The sub total of written test is 1750 marks.
  • The personality test is conducted for 250 marks.
  • So, the total marks are 2025 marks.

Here we are providing list of language subjects, which the student has to choose as an optional subject from the list:

SindhiDevanagari or Arabic
SanthaliDevanagari or Olchiki

List of Optional Subjects for Mains Exam:

  • 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
  • Literature of any one of the following languages: (Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English).

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