Follow by Email

UPSC prelim

The  exam is held in three-stage process, requiring in depth knowledge.

Stage 1 Preliminary Examination
  • Qualifying test held in June every year
  • Notification Around Feb/march
  • Result around July/august
Stage 2 Main Examination
  • Held Around Octomber
  • Results are usually published around March
Stage 3 Personality Test
  • Held around April
  • Final results are out by May/June

Civil Service Prelims Examination

  • The marks in prelims are not counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for main exam
  • There are two papers in Civil Service Prelims Examination.
General Studies Paper 1 2 Hours

100 Question

200 Maks

  • Deals with subjects like History, Geography, Polity, Economics, Art & culture, Environment & Ecology, Science & Technology, International relationship, Current affairs etc.
General Studies Paper 2 2 Hours

80 Question

200 Maks

  • Deals with subjects like Mental Ability, English Comprehension etc.
  • Analysis logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision making, problem solving ability of a candidate
  • It is also known as CSAT (Civil services aptitude test)

There will be a cut off figure from GS-1 Paper only according to the Vacancy conditions  (Generally 15 to 16 times of vacancy). For GS-2 paper there is a pre defined cut off of 33% (66 marks out of 200) for qualifying prelim exam.


Civil Service Mains Examination

  • UPSC Civil Services Main Examination as per revised syllabus consists of 9 papers.
  • Marks of 7 out of these 9 papers will be counted for final ranking, while 2 papers (Paper A & Paper B) will be of qualifying nature.
  • Questions are subjective in nature
  • The range of questions may vary from just one mark to sixty marks, twenty words to 600 words answers
  • Candidates who pass qualifying papers are ranked according to marks and a selected number of candidates are called for a personality test (Generally 3 to 4 times of vacancy)  at the Commission’s discretion


Civil Services Mains Format

Papers Subject Marks
Paper A One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution 300
Paper B English 300
Paper 1 Essay 250
Paper 2 General Studies I ((Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250
Paper 3 General Studies II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250
Paper 4 General Studies III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250
Paper 5 General Studies IV(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250
Paper 6 – 7 Any one subject (having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (250 marks for each paper) 500
Sub Total (Written Test) 1750

Qualifying Papers of Civil Services Mains

 Paper A – Indian Language 
Assamese Bengali Gujarati Hindi
Kannada Kashmiri Konkani Malayalam
Manipuri Marathi Nepali Oriya
Punjabi Sanskrit Sindhi Tamil
Telugu Urdu Bodo Dogri
Maithilli Santhali    
  • Qualifying in nature-Minimum marks needed is 30% (90 out of 300)
Paper B – English
  • Qualifying in nature-Minimum marks needed is 30% (90 out of 300)


List of optional subjects for Main Examination

Agriculture Geography Physics Chemistry Management
Animal Husbandry Geology Political science and International relations Civil Engineering Mathematics
Anthropology History Psychology Commerce Mechanical Engineering
Botany Law Public Administration Economics Medical Science
Electrical Engineering Statistics Sociology Zoology Philosophy
Languages Optional
Assamese Bengali Hindi Konkani
Marathi Nepali Santhali Telugu
Bodo Dogri Kannada Maithili
Oriya Punjabi Sindhi Urdu
Malayalam Gujarati Kashmiri Manipuri
English Sanskrit Tamil


Civil Services Personality Test (PT)  – 275 Marks

  • PT is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service
  • Candidate can give preference of the language in which they may like to be PT Final ranks are calculated by adding Mains (Out of 1750) and PT marks (Out of 275)
  • Hence the rank list is prepared based on marks scored out of 2025.

Have any Question or Comment?

One comment on “UPSC prelim

Hi, this is a comment.
To delete a comment, just log in and view the post's comments. There you will have the option to edit or delete them.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts