Main Examination Syllabus

The phase 2 tests candidate’s academic talent in depth and his/her ability to present understanding in a reasonable way. The IAS mains examination is designed to analyse the comprehensive intellectual quality and the understanding of candidates rather than just determining their information and memory.

The UPSC mains exam consists of 9 papers, in which two are qualifying papers of 300 marks each:

I. Any Indian Language

II. English

These two papers just need to qualify which is compulsory and marks obtained will not be considered or counted.

And the rest of seven papers can be written in any of the languages mentioned as in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or in English. Below given the remaining seven papers:

Paper

Subject

Marks

Paper – I

Essay

Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice

250

Paper-II

General Studies- I

(Indian Heritage and Culture,

History and Geography of the World and Society)

250

Paper-III

General Studies- II

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

250

Paper-IV

General Studies- III

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

250

Paper-V

General Studies- IV

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

(Marks carried by General Studies was 4X250=1000)

250

Paper-VI

Optional Subject – Paper 1

250

Paper-VII

Optional Subject – Paper II

(Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject ” and candidate need not to be a graduate in that language’s literature.)

250

Candidates may choose any one of the ‘Optional Subjects’ from the list of subjects given below:

 Optional Subjects

 Literature Language

Agriculture

Assamese

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

Arabic

Anthropology

Bengali

Botany

Bodo

Chemistry

Dogri

Civil Engineering

French

Commerce and Accountancy

German

Economics

Gujarati

Electrical Engineering

Hindi

Geography

Kannada

Geology

Kashmiri

History

Konkani

Law

Maithili

Management

Malayalam

Mathematics

Manipuri

Mechanical Engineering

Marathi

Medical Science

Nepali

Philosophy

Oriya

Physics

Persian

Political Science and International Relations

Punjabi

Psychology

Russian

Public Administration

Sanskrit

Sociology

Santhali

Statistics

Sindhi

Zoology

Tamil

Telugu

Urdu

English

Main Exam:

Papers

Topics

Total Marks

I

One Of The Indian Languages Chosen From The Prescribed List

300

II

English

300

III

Essay

250

IV/V/VI/VII

General Studies (250 Marks For Each Paper)

1000

VIII & IX

Optional Subject 1

500

Total Marks For Written Examination

1750

Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the UPSC Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion enters the next and final phase that is the ‘personality test’ or ‘Interview’ round.

Phase 3 – Interview:

  • Candidates who qualify the UPSC Mains Exam will move to the next and final phase called ‘Personality Test/Interview’ who will be interviewed by a Board who will have candidates resume. The interview round is held by a Board of competent and unbiased intended to assess social traits and his interest in current affairs and analyze the personal aptness of the candidate for a career in public service. Some of the qualities evaluated during the personality test are mental alertness, clear and logical exposition, critical powers of assimilation, variety and depth of interest, balance of judgement, intellectual and moral integrity ability for social cohesion and leadership,.

  • The interview is more of purposive conversation intended to divulge the mental qualities of the candidate.

  • Candidate can give interview in their preferred language as UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.

c) Interview Test:

The Interview test will be of 275 marks.

The total mark of the written examination is 1750 Marks.

The Interview/Personality Test will be of 275 marks.

 The Grand Total 2025 Marks



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