UPSC IAS Exam Pattern – Jagran Josh

UPSC conducts the Civil Services Exam every year for recruitment to various Group A and B positions in the Government of India. Check detailed information about the UPSC IAS Exam Pattern here and be better prepared for UPSC CSE 2022. 
UPSC IAS Exam 2022 would be conducted on June 5, 2022. This would be the Preliminary exam while the UPSC Mains would be conducted on 16th September 2022 this time. Candidates who are to appear must know about the UPSC IAS Exam pattern, the type of questions for better preparation. Here we have explained it all in the article below. 
While preparing or planning to prepare for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022 it is necessary for an aspirant to be well aware of the UPSC IAS exam pattern. It would give you an easy understanding of the syllabus at each stage and would also help in the analysis of time you need to invest to get through all the stages. 
UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted by UPSC every year to recruit the candidates for the prestigious All India Services and Central Civil Services in India. A clear understanding of the UPSC IAS exam pattern is essential for preparation. 
UPSC IAS exam is conducted in three stages:
Candidates who successfully get through all the three-rounds are selected for the esteemed Civil Services. Now let’s discuss the pattern of each stage in detail:
UPSC IAS syllabus.
UPSC IAS Prelims Exam consists of two papers of 200 marks each containing objective-type multiple-choice questions. Candidates need to mandatorily appear for both the papers for evaluation. The time allotted to attempt each exam is 2 hours. The marks secured at the Prelims stage are not counted towards the final merit list, though candidates have to prepare well for this exam to pass through the qualifying cutoff as cut-offs are unpredictable and depend on the average score every year. The details of UPSC Prelims Exam pattern are mentioned below: 
Name of the Paper
No. of Questions
Total Marks
Nature of Exam
General Studies Paper- I 
Considered for cut-off
General Studies Paper-II (Aptitude Test) 
Negative Marking: There is negative marking associated with every wrong answer in UPSC Prelims Exam. 1/3rd of the total marks allotted to a question will be deducted if it is wrongly answered.
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The UPSC IAS Main exam consists of a total of 9 papers which include two qualifying papers and seven merit-based papers. Each paper will be of three hours duration. Only those candidates who secure at least the declared cut off in General Studies I and 33% in General Studies II in Prelims are allowed to appear for the Mains Examination. As per the exam pattern of UPSC Mains, all of the papers consist of descriptive answer type questions. All the papers except the Language papers A and B can be answered in English or any of the languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. The optional papers can be answered in English even if none of the other papers has been answered by the candidate in English.
Details regarding all the papers are given below:
Subject Name
Total Marks
Paper A
Compulsory Indian Language*
3 Hours
Paper B
English **
3 Hours
Paper I
3 Hours
Paper II
General Studies – I
3 Hours
Paper III
General Studies – II
3 Hours
Paper IV
General Studies – III
3 Hours
Paper V
General Studies – IV
3 Hours
Paper VI
Optional Subject – Paper I
3 Hours
Paper VII
Optional Subject – Paper II
3 Hours
*One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the constitution
*Paper A is not compulsory for candidates from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim as well as candidates with hearing impairment provided they can prove that they have been exempted from such 2nd or 3rd language courses by their concerned board or university. 
**Paper A & B are of qualifying nature
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List of Optional Subjects for Mains Exam 
Candidates can choose any one optional subject from the list below:
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As per the UPSC IAS exam pattern, the aspirants who qualify the UPSC mains exam are called for the Personality Test. This Personality Test/interview is conducted by the UPSC board to assess the candidates’ suitability for a career in civil services and associated responsibilities. The board consists of competent and unbiased observers who have a record of the candidates’ academic, professional as well as personal information which the candidate submitted in the DAF. The board would judge the candidate’s mental and social traits by asking questions of general interest. Some of the qualities that the board looks for are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
The maximum marks allotted for the interview stage are 275 making the total marks for the merit list consideration to 2025 marks (1750+275). 
UPSC Civil Services Exam is a highly comprehensive and competitive exam with lakhs of aspirants appearing for 800-900 vacancies every year. The rigorous exam pattern tests the candidate on various levels and mental skills before selection. 
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