UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Two Compulsory Papers General Studies Paper-I & General Studies Paper-II (CSAT)
Number of Questions asked in GS Paper-INumber of Questions asked in GS Paper-I 100
Number of Questions asked in CSAT 80
Total Number of Marks 400 marks
GS Paper-I – 200 Marks (Merit Ranking)
CSAT – 200 Marks (Qualifying)
Negative Marking 1/3rd of the total marks allotted to the question will be deducted for every incorrect answer
Time Allotted Two hours each;
GS Paper-I – 2 Hours
CSAT – 2 Hours

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Time Allotted Three hours each Paper

Interview: 275 Marks

Total: 2025 Marks
Paper Subject Marks
Paper-I Essay 250
Paper-II General Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society) 250
Paper-III General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations) 250
Paper-IV General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management) 250
Paper-V General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude) 250
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper I 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper II 250