Civil Services Exam

Exam Pattern

CSE IAS/IPS Preliminary Exam Scheme

Paper I General Studies 100 Questions 200 Marks 2 Hours
Paper II – General Studies ,Aptitude 80 Questions 200 Marks 2 Hours
  • Paper I General Studies ( Compulsory ) – 100 Questions

Objective Type – multiple choice questions – 200 Marks ( 2 Hours duration )

  • Paper II – General Studies ( Compulsory )

Objective Type – multiple choice questions – 200 Marks ( 2 Hours duration )

The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

Negative Marking

There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

CSE IAS/IPS Main Exam Pattern

The Written Examination will consist of the following papers:

Qualifying Papers:

Paper‐A – 300 Marks

(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the
Eighth Schedule to the Constitution)

Paper‐B – 300 Marks


Papers to be counted for merit :

Paper‐I – 250 Marks


Paper‐II – 250 Marks

General Studies‐I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

Paper‐III – 250 Marks

General Studies ‐II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

Paper‐IV – 250 Marks

General Studies ‐III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster

Paper‐V – 250 Marks

General Studies ‐IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Paper‐VI – 250 Marks

Optional Subject ‐ Paper 1

Paper‐VII – 250 Marks

Optional Subject ‐ Paper 2

so main Exam will be totaled for 1750 Marks

Personality Test – 275 Marks

Civil Service Grand Total – 2025 Marks

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UPSC IAS IPS Interview Venue – Office of the Union Public Service Commission at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069

Download e-Admit card-Civil Service IAS/IPS Preliminary and Main exam e-Admit card can be downloaded from the website

Candidates must write the papers in their own hand-Mobile Phones Banned-Communication to the Commission

Civil Service IAS/IPS Preliminary exam Fee is Rs.100/-
Civil Service IAS/IPS Main Exam Fee is Rs.200/-


Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages-Preliminary-Main-Interview

Civil Service Vacancies for the year 2021 is expected to be 712-Posts included in Civil Service Exam

Optional Subject Papers I & II-Agriculture-Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science-Anthropology-Botany-Chemistry-Civil Engineering

Preliminary Examination-Paper I-Current events-History of India-INM-Geography-Polity-Economic and Social Development-Environmental ecology-General Science-Paper II-CSAT

Nationality-Age Limits-Minimum Educational Qualification-Number of attempts-Restricted Candidates-

Indian Civil Service Preliminary Exam Date – 27th June, 2021 rescheduled to 10th October, 2021

Online Application can be filled from 4th March, 2021 to 24th March, 2021