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All You Need To Know About UPSC

All You Need To Know About UPSC

UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission, which conducts the Civil Service Examination along with some other examinations. Via the Civil Services Examination, the UPSC recruits candidates for various Central and All India Civil Service posts in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), etc.


  • Must be a citizen of India, a person of Indian origin or a subject of Nepal, Bhutan or Tibet settled in India before 1st January 1962.
  • Education Qualification: Candidate must hold a Graduate Degree from a recognised University.
  • Exam Age Limit: Candidate must be a minimum of 21 years of age and must not be more than 32 years of age.

UPSC Exam Pattern

UPSC Civil Services examination is a yearly exam, the pattern is officially divided into two stages called Preliminary and Main Examination while in practice, it is a three-stage exam. The third is the Personality Test/Interview.

Candidates who clear the Preliminary exam, which is only qualifying in nature, are eligible to write the MAINS exam and candidates clearing MAINS to reach the interview stage.


This stage consists of two objective-type papers, conducted on the same day. Marks secured at this stage are not counted towards the final merit list.

Civils Exam Pattern – Prelims

Paper Type No. of questions UPSC Total Marks Duration Negative marks
General Studies I Objective 100 200 2 hours Yes
General Studies II (CSAT) Objective 80 200 2 hours Yes
Total UPSC marks for Prelims 400 (where GS Paper II is qualifying in nature with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%)


The UPSC exam pattern for the MAINS exam consists of 9 papers conducted over 5-7 days. All of the papers consist of descriptive answer-type questions.

UPSC CSE Exam Pattern – Mains

Paper Subject Duration IAS Total marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian language 3 hours 300
Paper B English 3 hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 hours 250
Paper II General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper III General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper IV General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper V General Studies IV 3 hours 250
Paper VI Optional I 3 hours 250
Paper VII Optional II 3 hours 250


The total marks of the UPSC Interview stage are 275, thus bringing the total marks for UPSC Mains and Interview for the merit list consideration to 2025.


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What should beginners do for UPSC?

Read the Detailed Syllabus Carefully.
Make a Planner weekly or Month-wise.
Zero Down your Resources.
Make short Notes for Last Minute Revision.
Make Revision a Habit.

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