UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2021

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UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern

For recruitment purposes of various Group A and Group B positions in the government, the government body UPSC conducts the Civil Services Exam every year in India. The candidates are assessed on their overall intellectual understanding and traits through the intended examination. The UPSC exam pattern is quite complicated, and an examination process lasts for almost a year between the prelims till the final merit list results are declared.

UPSC Exam is officially divided into two stages called Preliminary and Main Examination, while in practice, it is a three-stage exam.

The Optional Subject consists of 48 subjects, out of which one can be selected by the candidate as per the latest exam pattern for both the papers. Each optional subject comprises of two papers (Paper I and Paper II), each of 250 marks, making it a total of 500 marks.

UPSC IAS Exam Syllabus

Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper-A Indian Language Paper 3 hours 300
Paper-B English Paper 3 hours 300
Paper-I Essay 3 hours 250
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 Subject-I 3 hours 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject-II 3 hours 250

The candidate must score at least 25% in each of the papers from I to VII to be given weightage, and the Paper A and B are of qualifying nature.

Civil Services Aptitude Test Format
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