UPSC Mains Exam Patter
*The UPSC has revised the pattern of Civil Services Main examination
*Now there are 7 + 2 = 9 papers to be answered in the main examination. All of them are
of descriptive type. There are two qualifying papers 1) any modern Indian language of
300 marks 2) English of 300 marks. The marks of these two papers will not be counted
in the merit list of the main examination.
* The candidate is allowed to pick any one language from the Eight Schedule of the
Constitution or English as the medium for writing the mains examination.
*According to the new pattern there are "FOUR" General Studies paper each
comprising of 250 Marks with a total of 1000 Marks are made compulsory. The scope of
the syllabus of General Studies papers are of degree level.
* There is only "ONE" optional subject to choose from the list of subjects. It comprises of
two papers each of 250 marks. So the optional paper has total 500 marks. The scope of
the syllabus of optional paper is higher than the bachelor's degree but lower than the
* Interview/Personality Test is of 275 Marks. Candidate can give preference of the
language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the
* The total mark of the written examination is 1750 Marks.
*The Interview/Personality Test will be of 275 marks.
* The Grand Total 2025 Marks
P3 Essay - 250 - 3 Hrs.
P4 G. S. Paper-I-250 Marks - 3Hrs.
P5 G. S. Paper-II-250 Marks - 3Hrs.
P6 G. S. Paper-III-250 Marks - 3Hrs.
P7 G. S. Paper-IV-250 Marks - 3Hrs.
P8 + P9 Optional Paper
Paper - I- 250 Marks
Paper - II- 250 Marks
STAGE - 3 PERSONALITY TEST/INTERVIEW-275 MARKS
Written Exam - 1750, Interview - 275 Marks
Grand Total - 1750 + 275 = 2025 Marks