(UPSC FAQs) Pattern of the Examination


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UPSC


Pattern of the Examination

This examination is consist of three stages, Preliminary, Mains and Interview.

Stages of Exam Organising Month Subjects (Papers) Maximum Marks
Preliminary June/August General Studies Paper - I
Paper - II (CSAT)
Paper I = 200
Paper II = 200
Mains October/December Essay
General Studies (Paper-I)
General Studies (Paper-II)
General Studies (Paper-III)
General Studies (Paper-IV)
Optional Subject (Paper-I)
Optional Subject (Paper-II)
250 Marks
250 Marks
250 Marks
250 Marks
250 Marks
250 Marks
250 Marks
    Total- 1750
  Compulsory - English
Compulsory - (Any of Indian Language - Under 8th Schedule)
300 (Only qualifying)
300 (Only qualifying)
Interview March/May Personality Test 275 Marks

Note : Marks obtained in preliminary examinations are not included in prescribed marks of the Main Examination and Interview.

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