Exam Stages and Timeline

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

Paper – A
Indian Language -300 Marks
Paper – B
English -300 Marks

7 Core Papers 

Paper – I Essay – 250 Marks
Paper-II General Studies-I 250 Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture,History and Geography of the World and Society)4
Paper-III General Studies -II: 250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
Paper-IV General Studies -III 250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
 Paper-V General Studies -IV 250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Marks carried by General Studies papers are 4X 250=1000
Paper-VI  Optional Subject – Paper 1 -250 Marks
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper II -250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks


275 marks
Candidate can give preference of the language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.


Official Dates

Read More at UPSC Official PDF