Exam Pattern

The format of Civil Service Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is as follows - 

Examination Month of Examination (Generally) Subject Total Marks
Preliminary* May General Studies Question Paper I & II Question Paper I - 200
Question Paper II - 200
Main September General Studies (Paper-I) 250
General Studies (Paper-II) 250
General Studies (Paper-III) 250
General Studies (Paper-IV) 250
Optional Subject         (Paper-I) 250
Optional Subject         (Paper-II) 250
Essay 250
Compulsory**: English 300
Compulsory***: Indian Language 300
Interview February-March-April Personality Test 275


  • * The marks obtained in the preliminary examination are not added with the marks of the main examination and the interview.
  • **, *** The marks obtained in Compulsory English and Indian language papers ​​are also not added with the marks of main examination and interview (1750 + 275 = 2025).
  • The final selection of the candidate is based on the sum of the marks obtained in the main examination and interview.
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