UPSC

About UPSC

IAS - CIVIL SERVICES SYLLABUS & EXAM PATTERN

The Civil Services examination is one of the most prestigious examinations in India. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).The three types of services recruited through the Civil Services Examination are All India Services, Central Services, and State Services.

1. Basic Eligiblity

Qualification : Any Degree (Recognized by UGC / AICTE)

Age: Minimum age 21 years for all

Sl.No Category Upper Age Limit No. of Attempts
1
General
32
06
2
OBC
35
09
3
SC/ST
37
Till Age limit
4
Physically Disabled
(Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)
42
General & OBC = 09 SC/ST = Till Age limit

2. UPSC Exam Cycle

CSE Notification
FEBRUARY
Phase I Preliminary Exam
Online Application
FEBRUARY - MARCH
Preliminary Exam
JUNE
Preliminary Exam - Result
JULY
Mains Exam
SEPTEMBER
Phase II Mains Exam
Mains Exam - Result
DECEMBER
Personality Test / Interview
FEBRUARY / MARCH
Phase III Personality test
Final Result
APRIL

3. Exam Overview

Step Paper Paper Nature Marks
Step 1 - Prelims
1 Merit + 1 Qualifying
Multiple Choice Question
200
Step 2 - Mains
2 Qualifying + 7 Merit
Descriptive
1750
Step 3 - Interview
One to One
Interactive
275

4. Detailed Analysis of the Exam

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

 
Sl. No Name of the Paper Nature of the Paper Exam Duration Mode of Answer Marks
1
Paper I (General Studies)
Decides Preliminary Result
2 hours
Multiple Choice Question
(0.67) -ve marks
2
Paper II (CSAT)
Qualifying Nature
2 hours
Multiple Choice Question
(0.83) -ve marks

MAINS EXAMINATION

 
Sl. No Name of the Paper Nature of the Paper Exam Duration Mode of Answer Marks
1
Paper A (Indian Language)
Qualifying Nature
3 hours
Descriptive
300
(Atleast 75 Marks)
2
Paper B (English)
3
Paper I (Essay)
Merit Ranking Nature
3 hours
Descriptive
250
4
Paper II (General Studies I)
250
5
Paper III (General Studies II)
250
6
Paper VI (General Studies III)
250
7
Paper V (General Studies IV)
250
8
Paper VI (Optional - Paper I)
250
9
Paper VII (Optional - Paper II)
250

PERSONALITY TEST

 
Sl. No Name of the Paper Nature of the Paper Exam Duration Mode of Answer Marks
1
Paper VII (General Studies VI)
Upto 90 minutes
Interactive
275

TOTAL MAINS

1750 Marks
GRAND TOTAL
2025 Marks

PERSONALITY TEST

275 Marks
Students have to choose 1 Optional subjects from the list of 26 Optional subjects offered by UPSC. Subjects offered as Optional at KingMakers IAS Academy are Geography, Public Administration, Tamil Literature, Political Science, History Sociology and Psychology, Anthropology, Mathematics, Commerce, Management and Economics.