Prelims: This exam generally includes two types of papers: General Studies I and CSAT or General Studies II. A total of 400 marks.

Prelims PatternGeneral Studies ICSAT or General Studies II
Negative Marking Pattern0.66marks for the incorrect answers0.83 marks for the incorrect answers
Duration2 Hours2 Hours
LanguageHindi / EnglishHindi / English
Cut OffVaried every year33% of the qualifying criteria

Mains: The pattern for UPSC Mains was revised in the year 2015. This will consist of 9 theory papers, and from the 9 papers, only 7 will be eligible for counting or for the merit ranking. The maximum number of marks that can be attained by the students is 1750.

Sr. NoPaperSubjectDurationNature of ExamMarks
1AIndian Language3 HoursQualifying300
2BEnglish3 HoursQualifying300
3IEssay3 HoursMerit Assessment250
4IIGS I3 HoursMerit Assessment250
5IIIGS II3 HoursMerit Assessment250
6IVGS III3 HoursMerit Assessment250
7VGS IV3 HoursMerit Assessment250
8VIOptional Paper I3 HoursMerit Assessment250
9VIIOptional Paper II3 HoursMerit Assessment250

It is crucial to work properly and devote time accordingly for the preparation. Make sure you have created a plan chart, and you are devoting time accordingly. In today’s time, you can actually find it easy to prepare and work at the same time.