UPSC conducts the exam in three phases: Preliminary, Main and Personality Test also called as Interview. At first we’ll learn about preliminary exam then about mains and finally about the Interview.
A. PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION:
( i ) This phase will have two compulsory Objective type Papers of 200 marks each, Paper-I (General Studies) as well as Paper-II (CSAT).
( ii ) It is only for the selection of the candidate for Main exam.
( iii ) Cut off will be on the basis of Paper-I and Paper-II will be only qualifying with 33% marks.
( iv ) Paper-II is equally important as Paper-I because your paper-I will not be checked if you fail in Paper-II with less than 33% marks in it.
B. MAIN EXAMINATION:
The written examination will consist of the following papers :—
Qualifying Papers :
(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the
Eighth Schedule to the Constitution, list is given below). 300 Marks
English 300 Marks
Papers to be counted for merit
Essay 250 Marks
General Studies-I 250 Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and
Geography of the World and Society)
General Studies -II 250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity,
Social Justice and International relations)
General Studies -III 250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development,
Bio-diversity, Environment, Security
and Disaster Management)
General Studies -IV 250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
8. Paper-VI ( List for optional subjects is given below )
Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks
Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
Personality Test 275 Marks
Grand Total = 2025 Marks
This is list of language that can be used for paper-A
It’ll be in Language-Script (letters) form:
Assamese – Assamese,
Bengali – Bengali,
Gujarati – Gujarati,
Hindi – Devanagari,
Kannada – Kannada,
Kashmiri – Persian,
Konkani – Devanagari,
Malayalam – Malayalam,
Manipuri – Bengali,
Marathi – Devanagari,
Nepali – Devanagari,
Odia – Odia,
Punjabi – Gurumukhi,
Sanskrit – Devanagari,
Sindhi – Devanagari or Arabic,
Tamil – Tamil,
Telugu – Telugu,
Urdu – Persian,
Bodo – Devanagari,
Dogri – Devanagari,
Maithilli – Devanagari,
Santhali – Devanagari or Olchiki.
Syllabus for Prelims and Mains is given below:
Paper I – ( Marks: 200 Duration: Two hours )
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy,
- Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
- Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not
- require subject specialization.
- General Science.
Paper II – ( Marks: 200 Duration: Two hours )
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
- Decision making and problem solving;
- General mental ability;
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data
- interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level);
B. MAIN EXAMINATION:
The Main Examination will assess your intellectual traits as well as depth of the understanding rather than just information and memory. Marks in MAIN Examination and Personality Test ( Interview ) will be considered for final selection and ranking.
UPSC Says “The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study.” It means, you don’t have to be a genius in those subjects but you should be thorough with the syllabus that UPSC has provided ( given below ).
The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honours degree 1evel i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree.