UPSC Exam Pattern 2021 | Prelims | Mains | Personality Test

UPSC Exam Pattern 2021 | Prelims | Mains | Personality TestUPSC CSE 2021 is a three-tier Exam. There will be a preliminary examination followed by the main examination. Candidates who qualify for the main examination will go through a series of interviews. 

UPSC Exam Pattern 2021 | Prelims | Mains | Personality Test


Overview of IAS Exam Pattern

Name of the exam Civil Services Exam- IAS
Conducting authority Union Public Service Commission
Mode of exam Offline
Number of Stages Prelims
Mains Exam
Number of papers Prelims: 2
Prelims marking scheme Paper 1: +2 marks per question
Paper 2: +2.5 marks per question
Negative marking: One-third of marks allotted to each question
Duration Prelims: 2 hours (Each paper)
Mains: 3hours (Each paper)
Type of Questions Prelims: Objective type
Mains: Subjective type
Posts 900-1000 approximate (Tentative)

IAS Exam Pattern of Prelims 2021

Exam Mode Offline
Number of Papers 2- General Studies and Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT)
Number of Questions Paper 1- 100; Paper 2- 80
Question Paper Type Multiple Choice Questions
IAS Prelims Total Marks 400
Nature of Exam Qualifying
Exam Duration 2 hours each, +20 minutes for blind students
Exam Language English and Hindi

Marking Scheme of Prelims

  • Firstly, for every question in the paper, 1 is 2 marks. So, the question paper is a total of 200 marks.
  • Secondly, every question in the Civil Service Aptitude Test carries 2.5 marks. So, the question paper is a total of 200 marks.
  • Also, for every wrong answer by the student, 0.33 marks will be deducted i.E. 0.66 will be deducted from paper 1 and 0.83 marks will be deducted from paper II.
  • But, there is no negative marking from Q74 – Q80 because these are decision-making questions.
  • Moreover, if the candidate gives more than 1 answer, then it will be considered as wrong even if one of them is right.
  • However, if there is no penalty then no negative marking will be done.

UPSC CSAT Syllabus 2021 | CSAT General Ability Test Paper 2 Syllabus

IAS Exam Pattern for Mains 2021

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

Marking Scheme of Mains 2021 Exam

  • IAS mains is an offline exam. There are a total of 9 papers in the Mains exam.
  • Every paper is of 3 hours and extra 30 minutes extra is given to blind students.
  • Paper A and Paper B are 300 marks each and the remaining papers are 250 marks each.
  • On the other hand, the main exam is divided into 2 parts qualifying and merit exam. And it is compulsory to sit in for all the exams to go into the stage.
    Moreover, questions will be subjective.
  • And you can write in either Hindi or English language
  • Total Marks Of Mains Exam – 1750

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2021 Explained In Full Details In Table Format

UPSC Exam Pattern 2021 | Prelims | Mains | Personality Test


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