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 examCivil Services Exam- IAS
Conducting authorityUnion Public Service Commission
Mode of examOffline
Number of StagesPrelims
Mains Exam
Number of papersPrelims: 2
Prelims marking schemePaper 1: +2 marks per question
Paper 2: +2.5 marks per question
Negative marking: One-third of marks allotted to each question
DurationPrelims: 2 hours (Each paper)
Mains: 3hours (Each paper)
Type of QuestionsPrelims: Objective type
Mains: Subjective type
Posts900-1000 approximate (Tentative)

IAS Exam Pattern of Prelims 2021

Exam ModeOffline
Number of Papers2- General Studies and Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT)
Number of QuestionsPaper 1- 100; Paper 2- 80
Question Paper TypeMultiple Choice Questions
IAS Prelims Total Marks400
Nature of ExamQualifying
Exam Duration2 hours each, +20 minutes for blind students
Exam LanguageEnglish 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

PaperTitle of the PaperMarks Allotted
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 Test1750 Marks
Personal Interview275 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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