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UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern 2021: Check section-wise paper pattern and marking scheme

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Tue, 28 Sep 2021 07:52 PM IST

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Check out UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern here with Safalta. Get to know the section-wise paper pattern and marking scheme.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Exam to recruit eligible and interested candidates to various prestigious posts such as IAS, IFS, IPS and other Group 'A' posts. This exam is highly competitive and candidates should ensure that they know all the details about the exam before starting their preparation. UPSC Civil Services exam pattern is a must for candidates to know as a first step towards their preparation. This exam is conducted in two stages- Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview. Candidates have to qualify each stage to bee finalley selected into the services. Read this article to know all about UPSC Civil Services exam pattern and other details. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our monthly FREE Current Affairs Ebook- Download Now
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UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern 2021

There are two stages in UPSC Civil Services Exam:

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Stage 1- Preliminary Exam
Stage 2- Mains Exam (which includes the Interview round)

The detailed pattern of each of these stages are as follows:
 

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern: Preliminary Examination

Preliminary Exam consists of two papers: General Studies I and CSAT (General Studies Paper II). Both these papers are objective in nature. Preliminary exam is conducted to select the candidates who will appear for the Mains Examination. A total of 100 questions are asked in Paper I and 80 questions in Paper II. There is negative marking and 1/3 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. 

Paper Name

Time Duration

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Nature of Paper

GS Paper I

2 hours

100

200

Marks considered for Preliminary Exam Merit

GS Paper II (CSAT)

2 hours

80

200

Qualifying in nature

 

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern: Mains Examination

Candidates who qualify the preliminary examination appear for Mains Examination. There are 9 papers in Mains out of which 2 are qualifying in nature and other 7 papers and interview are considered for preparing the merit list. All these papers are descriptive in nature. It is mandatory for candidates to score atleast 25% in each paper to be considered for final selection. 

Paper Name

Time Duration

Total Marks

Nature of Paper

Paper A – Compulsory Indian Language Paper

3 hours

300

 

Qualifying in nature

Paper B – English Language Paper

3 hours

300

Paper I – Essay

3 hours

250

 

 

 

Considered for Merit

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 Paper I

3 hours

250

Paper VII – Optional Paper II

3 hours

250

Total

 

1750

 

Interview/ Personality Test

 

275

 

Grand Total

 

2025

 
 

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern FAQs

 

Q. How many stages are there in UPSC Civil Services Exam?

A. There are two stages in UPSC Civil Services Exam- Preliminary Examination and Mains Examination (inclusive of interview round).

Q. What is the duration of UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination?

A. The duration of UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination is 4 hours- 2 hours for each paper.

Q. Is there negative marking in UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination?

A. Yes, there is negative marking in UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination. 1/3 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.

Q. How many papers are there in UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination?

A. There are 9 papers in UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination out of which 2 papers are qualifying in nature while the other 7 are considered for merit.

Q. How many marks does the Interview round carry in UPSC Civil Services Exam carry?

A. Interview round carries a total of 275 marks in UPSC Civil Services Exam.

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