Civil Service Examination

The pattern of Civil services examination has been designed to test the academic expertise of a candidate and that candidate’s ability to present himself/herself in a systematic and coherent manner. The examination pattern intends to assess the overall intellectual traits and understanding level of the candidates.

The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019 is directed in two phases in particular, Prelims and Mains, which are then trailed by an interview.

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations 2019 are as follows:

1. Preliminary Examination – (400 Marks)
(This is also called Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) and is a common test for all applicants)

a. The Prelims consists of two papers of 200 marks each
b. Both the question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions) of two hours each
c. The question papers will be set in both Hindi and English. However, questions related to English Language Comprehension skills would be provided only in 4. 4. 4. English. Blind candidates would be allowed an extra 20 minutes of time for each paper

2. Main Examination – (2025 Marks)
a. Candidates who qualify Preliminary exam are called for the Main exam and on the basis of marks secured in the Main exam, they will be called for Interview
b. The total marks of the Main exam and Interview sum up to produce the final result

The written examination consists of the following papers:

PaperSubjectTotal Marks
Paper AOne of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the
Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution
300 Marks
Paper BEnglish300 Marks
Papers to be counted for Merit (Ranking)
Paper-IEssay250 Marks
Paper-IIGeneral Studies-I
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
250 Marks
Paper-IIIGeneral Studies-II
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)
250 Marks
Paper-IVGeneral Studies-III
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
250 Marks
Paper-VGeneral Studies-IV
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
250 Marks
Paper-VIOptional Subject-Paper 1250 Marks
Paper-VIIOptional Subject-Paper 2250 Marks
Sub Total (Written Test)1750 Marks
Personality Test275 Marks
Grand Total2025 Marks