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UPSC Syllabus

UPSC CSE Exam Pattern

Prelim Exam

Paper NameDurationNo. Of QuestionMarksNature Of Paper
GS Paper I2 Hours100200Marks considered for Prelim Merit
GS Paper II (CSAT)2 Hours80200Qualifying in Nature (with 33% Marks)

Main Exam

Paper NameDurationMarksNature of Paper
Paper A – Compulsory any Indian Language Paper3 Hours300Qualifying in Nature
Paper B – English Language Paper3 Hours300Qualifying in Nature
Paper I – Essay3 Hours250Considered for Merit
Paper II – General Studies I3 Hours250Considered for Merit
Paper III – General Studies II3 Hours250Considered for Merit
Paper IV – General Studies III3 Hours250Considered for Merit
Paper V – General Studies IV3 Hours250Considered for Merit
Paper VI – Optional Paper I3 Hours250Considered for Merit
Paper VII – Optional Paper II3 Hours250Considered for Merit
Total 1750 
Interview/Personality Test 275 
Grand Total 2025