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UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2021:Check Section-Wise Paper Pattern And Marking Scheme

Safalta Expert Published by: Deepesh Mehra Updated Thu, 19 Aug 2021 04:35 PM IST

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Check out UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern here with Safalta. Also, check Section-Wise Paper Pattern And Marking Scheme.
Union Public Service Commission is scheduled to conduct prelims for Civil Service Exam on 10 th October 2021. The exam is the first stage of the Civil Services Exam, candidates who have passed the exam get to write for the Mains Exam. The vacancies for this year's exam are 712, there are approximately 10 lakh candidates who apply for the exam. Approx 12 times the vacancy will make it to the mains exam. The Candidates who have applied for the exam should be aware UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern. The exam is conducted in two stages- the first paper is General Studies and the second is CSAT paper. Candidates must note that CSAT has been made a qualifying paper by UPSC. This space will cover UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern in detail along with the marking scheme. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance then download our app- 'Exam Taiyari App' and boost your preparation. Prepare for any competitive exam with Free Courses, E-books, and Mock-Tests on Safalta App.

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

The exam pattern as per the official notification by UPSC is as follows:
  • The exam is conducted in offline mode.
  • Questions are objective type.
  • There is a total of 100 questions.
  • The exam is bilingual - Questions are framed in English and Hind.
  • The Test will carry a maximum of 200 marks.
  • Each question carries 2 marks.
  • There is negative marking and a 1/3 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • The total time duration of the exam is 2 hours.
The section-wise UPSC Exam pattern as per the previous exams is covered below. Please note that the weightage of sections in the exam may change. The illustrated details are as per the last years' paper.

Year/Subject

Current Affairs

History

Geography

Polity

Economics

Science and Technology

Environment

2011

13

11

11

12

19

19

15

2012

1

19

17

20

17

9

17

2013

0

16

18

16

19

14

17

2014

08

22

14

14

10

16

18

2015

26

17

16 

13

13

08

11

2016

27

15

07

07

18

08

18

2017

15

14

09

22

16

09

15

2018

14

22

10

13

18

10

13

2019

22

17

14

15

14

7

11

2020

18

20

10

17

15

10

10

UPSC CSAT Exam Pattern 

This is a qualifying exam candidate must score at least 33% or 66 out of 200 to pass this paper. The exam pattern is as follows:
  • The exam is conducted in offline mode.
  • Questions are objective type.
  • There is a total of 80 questions.
  • The exam is bilingual - Questions are framed in English and Hind.
  • The Test will carry a maximum of 200 marks.
  • Each question carries 2.5 marks.
  • There is negative marking and a 1/3 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • The total time duration of the exam is 2 hours.
Subjects

Number of questions

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/



 

Quant and Algebra  43
Reasoning  12
Passage  and Comprehension 25
Total  80 

UPSC Prelims Important Instructions

As per the official notification, candidates must keep the following things in mind.
  1. All candidates (male/female/transgender) should carefully read the Rules of Civil Services Examination.
  2. Candidates can apply Online by using the website https://upsconline.nic.in the admit card is also available online.
  3. The candidate should have a valid original  Photo ID Card along with admit card.
  4. The use of any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive etc in banned.
Go through the official notification by UPSC here.

To know more read here.
UPSC Eligibility Criteria IAS Officer Salary PCS Officer Salary  EPFO Exam Pattern 
 

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern - FAQ 

 Q1. Whats is the exam date for UPSC Prelims?

A1. The exam date for UPSC Prelims is 10 th October 2021.

Q2. What are the papers in the UPSC Prelims exam?

A2. The papers in UPSC Prelims Exam are General Studies and CSAT.

Q3 Are CSAT marks counted for final selection?

A3. NO, the CSAT is only a qualifying paper.

Q4. What are the maximum marks possible in the General Studies Paper of UPSC Prelims?

A4.  The maximum marks possible in the General Studies Paper of UPSC Prelims are 200.

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