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IAS Exam Pattern 2017–2018 UPSC IAS (Prelims/Main) New Paper Pattern

IAS Exam Pattern

Candidates who are planning to prepare for IAS Exam; first they should know IAS Exam Pattern. Though, Indian Administrative Service is popularly known as Civil Services Exam (CSE), which is conducted every year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates who are going to prepare for exam can get the New UPSC IAS Exam Pattern for both Prelims/Main Exam through this page and follow it. You can also download the IAS Exam Pattern 2017 from official site through online mode. The IAS Paper Pattern includes marking scheme, distribution of questions, sectional weightage, total marks and time duration.

This Page Includes:

  • IAS Preliminary Exam Pattern
  • UPSC IAS Main Exam Pattern
  • Personality Test Requirement
  • IAS Eligibility
  • List of the Optional Subjects for Main Examination
  • Languages for Exam

Candidates are required to undergo three successive stages to qualify this competitive exam first is Preliminary Examination-Objective Type (Qualifier) then Main Examination-Written Test and after that Interview / Personality Test. Applicants need to qualify in Preliminary Examination first. Candidates can collect more details regarding IAS Exam Pattern 2017–2018, you need to go through the below section of this page which is well prepared by team of

About the Indian Administrative Service Exam:

The Prelims are held in August and the results are announced in Oct-November. The Main examination will held around December and the candidates who qualify at this stage will be interviewed in March-April / May next year. The final recruitment and posting of candidates depends on their ranking and the available vacancies for different posts to be filled during that particular year.

All such candidates who qualify to appear for the Civil Services Main Examination must produce proof of having passed the prelims examination along with their application for the Main Examination.

IAS Exam Pattern

IAS Exam Procedure:

Services (Preliminary) Examination:

This examination consist Objective Type Questions of 400 marks which will be based on General Studies and Aptitude Skills. This exam will be conducted by UPSC to short list candidates for main exam.

ExamPapersTotal MarksDuration
Preliminary ExamPaper 1: General Studies200 marks2 hours
Paper 2: Aptitude Skills200 marks

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Civil Services (Main) Examination:

Those applicants who will be qualified in prelims exam only they will be able to participate in mains exam that will be based on written exam which consist 9 papers that will be based on languages, English, Essay types questions of 1750 marks will be asked in this exam.

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IAS Main Exam Pattern:

Qualifying PapersMarks
Paper A300
One of the Indian language selected by candidates
Paper B300
English Language
Papers to be Counted For Merit List
Paper I250
Paper II250
General studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world of society)
Paper III250
General studies II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice And International Relations)
Paper IV250
General studies III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security And Disaster Management)
Paper V250
General studies IV (Ethics, Integrity And Aptitude)
Paper VI
Optional Subject Paper I250
Optional Subject Paper II250
Subtotal (Written Test)1750
Personality test275
Grand Total2025

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Personality Test

A personality test of 275 Marks would be taken of the candidates qualified in the mains Examination. This would include the psychometric Test, Assessment Test as well as the Personal Interview. The Marks obtained in the Personality Test would be added in the calculation for the declaration of the final Merit list.

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Papers which are counted for the Merit Calculation:

Serial Number of PaperTitle of the PaperMarks Allotted in the Paper
Paper 1Essay writing250 Marks
Paper 2General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)250 Marks
Paper 3General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)250 Marks
Paper 4General Studies –III  (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)250 Marks
Paper 5General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)250 Marks
Paper 6Optional Subject – Paper 1250 Marks
Paper 7Optional Subject – Paper 2250 Marks
Sub Total in the Written Test  1750 Marks
Personal Interview  275 Marks
Grand Total ( for Merit Calculation)2025 Marks

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nationality: As Indian Administrative Service (IAS) aspirant must be a citizen of India.
  • IAS Age Limit and Number of Attempts Criterion
CategoryAge LimitAttempts
General32 Years6
OBC35 years9
SC / ST37 YearsUnlimited
PHGen-42 Years OBC-45 years SC/ST-47 YearsUnlimited
J & K DomicileGen-37 Years OBC-40 Years SC/ST-42 Years PH-50 yearsdepending on the categories viz. Gen, OBC, SC / ST, PH
EX-ServicemenGen-37 Years OBC-40 years SC/ST-42 Yearsdepending on the categories viz. Gen, OBC, SC / ST, PH
Disabled Defence Services Personnel conditionalGen-37 Years OBC-40 years SC/ST-42 Yearsdepending on the categories viz. Gen, OBC, SC / ST, PH

List of the Optional Subjects for Main Examination:

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Zoology
  • Medical Science
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geology
  • Law
  • Philosophy and
  • Statistics

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Languages for Exam are as follows:  

According to the new IAS Exam Pattern aspirants will have to pass the qualifying paper in any of the language and must have to choose literature in any of the following languages:

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

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Important Note:

Aspirants are having the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers, viz, Paper-I and Paper-II, in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English.

Aspirants those who have opted for an Indian Language as language medium for the Main Examination also having the choice of being interviewed either in English or in the same language which they have opted for the Main Examination.


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