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UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern 2018-19 Prelims, Mains: Latest Exam Structure

Civil Services Exam Pattern

To prepare well for UPSC CSE Exam, refer latest UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern from here. By going through UPSC Civil Services Prelims, Mains Examination Pattern, you will know structure of paper.

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam will be held from 28.09.2018 to 30.09.2018 and 06.10.2018 to 07.10.2018. In order to plan your studies for mains exam, get UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern 2018-19 from here.

UPSC Civil Services Latest Exam Pattern:

In Civil Services Mains Exam, questions will be from English, General Studies, Two papers on subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects. Go through detailed Civil Services Exam Pattern from below of page.

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UPSC Civil Services Main Exam Dates:

Forenoon Session 9.00 A.M. to 12.00 NoonAfternoon Session 2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.Exam Date
Paper-I EssayNo Paper28.09.2018
Paper-II General Studies-IPaper-III General Studies-II29.09.2018
Paper-IV General Studies-IIIPaper-V General Studies-IV30.09.2018
Paper-A Indian LanguagePaper-B English06.10.2018
Paper-VI Optional Paper-IPaper-VII Optional Paper-II07.10.2018

Civil Services Exam Pattern

Civil Services Exam is conducted in three stages:

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Main Exam
  • Personal Interview

UPSC Civil Services preliminary Exam Pattern

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Paper Pattern:

UPSC Prelims Exam DurationQuestionsMarks
Paper I – General Studies (Qualifying paper)2 Hours100200
Paper II – Aptitude (Qualifying nature)2 Hours80200
  • Type of Questions: According to civil services prelims exam pattern In UPSC civil services preliminary exam, objective type multiple choice questions are asked.
  • Division of MarksUPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2018 is of 400 marks (papers (200 marks for one paper and 200 marks for second paper).
  • Marking SchemeThere will be negative marking for any incorrect answer i.e. 33% marks or 0.83 marks for every wrong answer will be deducted for each wrong answer as per Pattern of Civil Services Exam.
  • Medium of ExamThe question paper will available in both set Hindi and English.
  • Time duration of Civil Services Prelims PaperCandidates will be allotted two hours for one paper. Blind candidates are allowed extra time of 20 minutes for each paper.
  • Eligibility of Next Round:The marks obtained in the Preliminary exam who are declared qualified for admission to Main Exam.

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UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Pattern 2018

UPSC Civil Services Mains Paper Pattern:

Contenders who qualify UPSC CS Prelims will undergo Main Exam.

  • Type of examMain exam comprise of two papers one is qualifying in nature and other one is counted for merit as per Exam Pattern of Civil Services.
  • Marking SchemePaper A & Paper B are of qualifying nature of 600 marks. Total of main exam is 1750.
  • Type of PapersAs per latest Civil Services Exam Pattern, Written test comprise of 9 papers of conventional essay type from which two papers are of qualifying nature.
  • Qualifying Papers consists of two papers which are An Indian language and English.
  • Papers to be counted for merit consists of Essay, General Studies-I, General Studies-II, III, IV and Optional Subject-Paper1 and 2
  • Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper–Ito Paper-VII) will be counted for ranking.
Paper AOne of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate (from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India) (Qualifying)300
Paper BEnglish (Qualifying)300
Paper IEssay250
Paper IIGeneral Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society)250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice and international relations)250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III (Technology, economic development, bio-diversity, environment, security and disaster management)250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV(ethics, integrity and aptitude)250
Papers VI, VIITwo papers on subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks for each paper)500
Sub Total (Written Test)1750
Personality Test (Interview)275

Total Marks


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Papers qualifying in nature:

  • Paper A – An Indian language selected by the candidates
  • Paper B – English

Papers to be counted for merit:

  • Essay (Paper I)
  • General Studies (Paper II-V)
  • Optional Subjects (Paper VI-VII)

Exam Pattern for Paper A & B:

Paper A: An Indian Language300 Marks
Paper B: English300 Marks

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 Civil Services Syllabus

List of Optional Subjects for main examination:

ChemistryCivil Engineering
Commerce and AccountancyAnimal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
AnthropologyElectrical Engineering
Mechanical EngineeringGeology
HistoryPolitical Science and International Relations
Public AdministrationPsychology
Medical ScienceLaw
ZoologyLiterature of any
one of the following

  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Bodo
  • Dogri
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Maithili
  • Malayalam
  • Manipuri
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Santhali
  • Sindhi
  • Tami
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • English

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Personal Interview

Those who qualify main examination will undergo Personal Interview. Questions of General interest are asked at time of interview by Board. The main purpose of organizing interview session is to evaluate Intellectual & Mental abilities of aspirants. Preliminary exam marks are not counted for ranking while mains and interview marks are counted for ranking. Be prepared with events happening in India as well as World while appearing for interview session.

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