UPSC has divided the selection process into three different stages with different pattern of examination. Each stage is unique in itself to test different skills of a candidate.
Stage one – Preliminary Exam
- This stage consists of two papers – General Studies 1 and General Studies 2 (CSAT)
- This stage consists of objective type questions and will judge your factual knowledge along with dynamic societal awareness, by asking you questions from Subjects like History, Geography etc. and topics like Environmental pacts and International Relations.
- Each paper is of 2 hours in which you have to attempt 100 questions and 80 questions respectively.
- In paper 1, you get 2 marks for each correct answer and -0.67 for each incorrect answer.
- In paper 2, you get 2.5 marks for each correct answer and -0.83 for each incorrect answer.
- Paper 1 includes current events of national and international importance, history of India, Indian National Movement, Indian and World Geography, Indian Polity and Governance, Economic and Social Development, Environmental Ecology and General Science.
- Paper 2 includes Comprehension, Interpersonal skills including communication skills, Logical reasoning and analytical ability, Decision – Making and problem solving, General mental ability and Basic numeracy.
Stage Two – Mains Exam
- This stage consists of nine papers – Two being Qualifying and rest seven adding up in your total marks.
- Paper A and Paper B are qualifying papers, one being any Indian language you will choose while filing the examination paper and the other is English, which is compulsory for all.
- Paper 1 is of Essay and carry 250 marks. You will get to write two essays, 1000 words each.
- Paper 2 (General Studies 1) is of Indian Heritage, History and Geography of the world and Society. This paper is of 250 marks and you will get 20 questions in this paper.
- Paper 3 (General Studies 2) is of Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations. This paper is of 250 marks and you will get 20 questions in this paper.
- Paper 4 (General Studies 3) is of Technology, Economic Development, Bio – diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management. This paper is of 250 marks and you will get 20 questions in this paper.
- Paper 5 (General Studies 4) is of Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude. This is of 250 marks and you will get 20 questions in this paper.
- Paper 6 (General Studies 5) and 7 (General Studies 6)are of optional subject you will choose while filling for the exam. This combination is of 500 marks (250 each), so choose wisely.
List of Optional Subjects:
2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary
6. Civil Engineering
7. Commerce and Accountancy
9. Electrical Engineering
16. Mechanical Engineering
17. Medical Science
20. Political Science and
21. International Relations
23. Public Administration
27. Literature of any one following
language: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo,
Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada,
Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili,
Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi,
Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit,
Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu,
Stage Three – Personality Test
This is your personality test. You will be tested for your confidence, speaking skills and on choice of words you make while talking about a societal issue. You will be asked questions from diverse fields, varying from your subjective knowledge to your hobbies etc. Prepare for each hobby well.
Your personality test marks will be added to your Mains marks and accordingly you will get a rank on the final list.