Civil Service Exam » Exam Format


The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in two stages Prelims and Mains which are then followed by an interview.

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations are as follows:

Preliminary Examination

There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each in the Civil Services Prelims Exam.

Important Points:

(i) Both the question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions) of two hours each.
(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills would be provided only in English.
(iii) Blind candidates would be allowed an extra 20 minutes of time at each paper.

Main Examination

The written examination will consist of the following papers:


Section 1 Essay 200 Marks

Section 2 English Comprehension & English Précis 100 Marks  (The level of paper would be Matriculation/ Xth standard   level)

Paper - II

General Studies – I 250Marks (Indian Heritage and Culture,   History and Geography of the World and Society)
Paper-III General Studies – II 250 Marks (Governance, Constitution,   Polity, Social Justice and   International relations)
Paper-IV General Studies –III 250 Marks (Technology, Economic Development,   Bio-diversity, Environment, Security   and Disaster Management)
Paper-V General Studies – IV 250 Marks (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

Total marks from written test 1800 Marks
Personality Test (Interview) 275 Marks.
Grand Total 2075 Marks