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Exams Pattern & Syllabus

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UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAMS PATTERNS & SYLLABUS

UPSC Civil Services Exam, which is popularly known as IAS (Indian Administrative Services) examination, is one of the toughest and prestigious examinations conducted in India by UPSC. Every year around 6.5 lakh candidates appear for prelims, out of which only 10000-12000 qualifies for mains and at the end only around 800-1000 candidates crack highly dignified civil services exam. So, only 0.2% makes it in the end, tough but not impossible.The Exam is divided in three stages

  • Preliminary Exam
  • MAINS
  • Interview

UPSC SYLLABUS FOR PRELIMS PAPER I

UPSC SYLLABUS FOR PRELIMS PAPER II

UPSC Syllabus PHASE II: MAINS EXAMINATION

(Total 1750 marks)

The phase II examination helps in finding the individual ability to represent things in an understandable way. The UPSC mains Examination intent is to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their knowledge and memory.

The IAS exam consists of 9 papers out of which 2 papers of 300 marks are qualifying in nature and marks of these both paper is not counted in final total

Paper –A

 Language -300 Marks 
(Candidate can take any Modern Indian language but this paper is of qualifying nature)

Paper – B

English -300 Marks
(This paper is of qualifying nature)

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Mains : Paper 1:

Essay – 250 Marks

However, Essay writing is an important part of UPSC Syllabus 2018 for mains exam. Candidates are given a topic to write an essay on that specified topic. The essay will be checked on the person’s ideas related to that topic, clarity of thoughts, creativeness, and grammatical mistakes and also on the effectiveness of ideas.

PAPER 2: GENERAL STUDIES PAPER 1 (250 MARKS)

PAPER 3: GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-II (250 MARKS)

PAPER 4: GENERAL STUDIES PAPER 3 (250 MARKS)

PAPER 5: GENERAL STUDIES PAPER 4 (250 MARKS)

PAPER 6 AND 7 (250 MARKS EACH)

Candidates can choose any optional from the subjects, which are given below:

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