The Civil Services Exam is conducted by the UPSC every year and the exam is held in three stages .
Preliminary Examination(2 papers objective test):
Paper-I includes mainly the General Studies .This paper will be counted for qualifying to write the Civil Services Mains exam.(200 Marks ,2 hours)
Paper II is now of only qualifying nature and its mark is not counted while making the merit list. However, it is mandatory for the candidate to score minimum 33 per cent in this paper to qualify the Prelims exam.(200 Marks ,2 hours)
NOTE :There is “Negative Marking” in the Prelims exam. For every wrong answer, 1/3rd of marks allotted for every question will be reduced from the correct tally of score. So candidates need to be extra careful while making wild guesses in the prelim exams.
2.Main Examination( 9 papers written exam).
The UPSC IAS Mains Exam 2017 contains 9 Papers out of which 2 Papers are in the nature of Qualifying nature while the other 7 are based on merit Ranking. The Subjects in those Papers are described below.The total mark of the written examination is 1750 Marks.The Interview/Personality Test will be of 275 marks.
The Grand Total 2025 Marks
2 Qualifying Papers
7 Core Papers
Read More at UPSC Official PDF