The three stages of the IAS exam are Prelims, Mains and Personality Test. As per the rules, candidates who clear the Prelims are eligible for Mains and candidates who clear the Mains, reach the interview stage.
UPSC Civil Service Exam Pattern 2019-2020
UPSC Prelims 2019-2020
The UPSC exam pattern for the Preliminary stage consists of two papers and they have objective type questions with multiple choice of answers.
The details of UPSC Prelims Exam are given below:
|Paper||Type||No. of questions||Marks||Duration||Negative marks|
|General Studies I||Objective||100||200||2 hours||Yes|
|General Studies II (CSAT)||Objective||80||200||2 hours||Yes|
UPSC Mains 2019-2020
The UPSC exam pattern for the Mains stage consists of 9 papers and all of the papers consist of descriptive answer type questions.
The details of UPSC Mains Exam are given below:
|Paper A||Compulsory Indian language||3 hours||300|
|Paper B||English||3 hours||300|
|Paper I||Essay||3 hours||250|
|Paper II||General Studies I||3 hours||250|
|Paper III||General Studies II||3 hours||250|
|Paper IV||General Studies III||3 hours||250|
|Paper V||General Studies IV||3 hours||250|
|Paper VI||Optional I||3 hours||250|
|Paper VII||Optional II||3 hours||250|
All of the mains papers except for the language papers A and B are of merit ranking . From paper A and B, candidates must score at least 25% in each.
Paper A is not compulsory for candidates from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim. This also applies to candidates with a hearing impairment.
The Indian Language paper covers the languages which are included in the 8th Schedule of the constitution.
The subjects which are covered by the General Studies Papers in Mains Exam are:
|General Studies I||General Studies II||General Studies III||General Studies IV|
|Indian Heritage and Culture||Governance||Technology||Ethics|
|History and Geography of the World||Constitution||Economic Development||Integrity|
|International relations||Security and Disaster Management|
The Optional subjects for the mains examination have to be any one from the below list:
|Agriculture||Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science||Anthropology||Botany||Chemistry|
|Civil Engineering||Commerce and Accountancy||Economics||Electrical Engineering||Geography|
|Mechanical Engineering||Medical Science||Philosophy||Physics||Political Science and International Relations|
|Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.|
UPSC Interview 2020
This is the final stage of the IAS Exam and the maximum marks allotted for the interview stage is 275, thus bringing the total marks for the merit list consideration to 2025.
As per the UPSC IAS exam pattern, this consists of an interview by the UPSC board to assess the candidates’ personality . Also checks their suitability for a civil servant of the country.
Some of the qualities that the candidates should have are , mental alertness, critical power of assimilation, clear and logical thinking, a balance of judgement, interests , ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
The whole exam pattern of the UPSC IAS examination is comprehensive and the competition is high every year. But if you start preparing in-depth from early on with a lot of determination and focus , then you can succeed.