UPSC aspirants always look for exam pattern or scheme before appearing in it. This blog gives all details like, no. of papers, marking pattern, duration and type of questions asked in UPSC Preliminary as well as in further stages of UPSC examination. 


UPSC conducts this exam in three stages. Let’s discuss each aspect of UPSC exam pattern one by one.


No. Of Papers in UPSC Prelims:

As per UPSC Exam Pattern, Stage-1 (Prelims exam) shall comprise of two compulsory papers. Both will be of 200 marks each i.e .total  400 marks. As per exam patter, all aspirants are appearing in same papers for stage one. Difference of optional selection will come in stage-two. So, clearing first stage must be made priority and time management for exam demands intelligent division of time for preparation of all stages of UPSC exam.

 Type of Questions in UPSC Prelims:

New UPSC Exam pattern gives opportunity to guess. Just kidding.Actually, papers will comprise of objective type of questions. There will be four alternatives for the answers to each question.If you have prepared your UPSC syllabus well, you can easily select correct answer out of given choice.

Duration of UPSC Prelims Paper:

UPSC kept two hours for each paper in first stage of its exam pattern. This is little bit tough task. You have to show your efficiency over here. Efficiency means your ability to attempt full paper in given time. This problem can be overcome by practicing. Read IAS preparation for prelims to know more about strategic part of preparation as per Prelims exam pattern.

The language of questions in UPSC Paper:

The Question Paper will be asked in Hindi and English both. Only, questions asked to judge English Language Comprehension skills would be given only in English. This is some thing very obvious.
Qualifying Paper of UPSC Prelims:
Paper-II of the Preliminary Exam has been kept as qualifying paper and minimum qualifying marks is 33%. If you will observe cut-off of other papers of different stages of overall exam pattern, you would find at-least 33%  is must for all papers.

Other Details related UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Negative Marking in UPSC :

In new exam pattern of UPSC, per question one-third of the marks assigned will be deducted for the wrong answer. Not only this, if you will give more than one answer for one question, it will be considered as the wrong answer. However, if a question is left unattended are not giving an answer, there will be no penalty. If you are not confident remember
Less is more

Provision in UPSC For Low Vision Candidates:

Low Vision Candidates with min. 40% impairment will be allowed to take help of a scribe. Guidelines given in exam pattern allows to give them an extra time @ twenty minutes per hour i.e. forty minutes for each paper.
Presence in both papers of UPSC Prelims:
It is mandatory to appear in both the Papers.If any candidate does not appear in both the papers of Prelim Exam, his/her candidature will be disqualified.This pattern of exam has been made to evaluate your overall knowledge and abilities, so take papers on a serious note.

SYLLABI of UPSC Prelims:

1.Current Events: National and International
1.Indian History
1.Indian National Movement
1.Geography: India and World (Physical, Social, Economic Geography)
1.In India Polity & Governance: Political System, Constitution of India, Panchayati Raj System, Rights, and issues related to Public Policy etc.
1.Development (Economic & Social): Poverty, Sustainable Development, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives etc.
1.General: Issues related to Environment, Biodiversity and Climate Change.
1.General Science
1. Comprehension Reading.
1.Interpersonal skills along with communication skills
1.Logical and analytical reasoning abilities
1.How to take decisions for efficient problem solving
1.Common mental ability
1.Relations among numbers and analysis of various types graphs for data.

UPSC Exam Pattern for-Stage-Two

Marks Scheme:

UPSC exam pattern divides this stage in two parts.
1. Main Examination – 1750 Marks
2. Personality Test generally called UPSC Interview – 275 Marks
Total= 2025 Marks.
Visit to know about UPSC Syllabus Mains and IAS preparation for Mains . However, as per exam pattern given by UPSC, this stage will be of essay type questions and it demands different style of preparation.
UPSC Mains exam also will have few compulsory papers to judge your awareness of surroundings and one optional paper of your choice.
Candidate is free to opt any language out of Languages given in the eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution. But, compulsory paper of English is to be prepared by all aspirants.
At last remember like the race depicted in the featured image,
an upsc exam is also a race, a race against time. So have a solid strategy up your sleeves.

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