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The Exam Pattern of the UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims Examination
The Prelims Examination is an Objective type of Examination with Multiple Choice Questions (the candidate has to choose an option from the given options for that question). This examination consists of two papers namely Paper I and Paper II. ThePaper I contains 200 marks and Paper II also contains 200 marks. The Duration forPaper I is 2 hours as well as Paper II is also 2 hours. The exam Pattern of the UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims Examination is as follows:

Name of the Paper No. of Questions Duration Given Marks.
Paper I: General Studies. 100 2 Hours. 200
Paper II: Aptitude. 80 2 Hours. 200
Total Marks. 400

Note:Themarkswhich aresecured in the prelimsareonly for qualifying the Mains Examination. It isnot countedtodeterminetheorder of merit.TheQualifying marksforPaper II: Aptitude is 33%.But thecandidateswill bepromoted totheMains only basedon theQualifying marksinPaper I: General Studies.

UPSC Exam Pattern of the UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains Examination

TheMains Examinationis awritten Examination. It consists of9 Papers out of which 2 are Qualifying in naturenamelyPaper A and Paper B; remaining7 paperswhich are namelyPaper I to Paper VIIwhich arebased on Ranking. TheQuestionswill beavailableinHindias well asEnglishin the Question Papers.

S.No. Name of the Paper. Name of the Subject. Marks.
1. Paper-A. Modern Indian Language. (Qualifying Paper). 300.
2. Paper-B. English (Qualifying Paper). 300.
3. Paper-I. Essay. 250.
4. Paper-II. General studies-I. 250.
5. Paper-III. General studies-II. 250.
6. Paper-IV. General studies-III. 250.
7. Paper-V. General studies-IV. 250.
8. Paper-VI. Optional Subject (Paper-1). 250.
9. Paper-VII. Optional Subject (Paper-2). 250.
Sub-Total. 1750.
Interview. 275.
Total. 2025.

The Final Ranking of the candidates:This is done based on themarksobtained in theMainsand theInterview.