Prelims: This exam generally includes two types of papers: General Studies I and CSAT or General Studies II. A total of 400 marks.
|Prelims Pattern||General Studies I||CSAT or General Studies II|
|Negative Marking Pattern||0.66marks for the incorrect answers||0.83 marks for the incorrect answers|
|Duration||2 Hours||2 Hours|
|Language||Hindi / English||Hindi / English|
|Cut Off||Varied every year||33% 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. No||Paper||Subject||Duration||Nature of Exam||Marks|
|1||A||Indian Language||3 Hours||Qualifying||300|
|3||I||Essay||3 Hours||Merit Assessment||250|
|4||II||GS I||3 Hours||Merit Assessment||250|
|5||III||GS II||3 Hours||Merit Assessment||250|
|6||IV||GS III||3 Hours||Merit Assessment||250|
|7||V||GS IV||3 Hours||Merit Assessment||250|
|8||VI||Optional Paper I||3 Hours||Merit Assessment||250|
|9||VII||Optional Paper II||3 Hours||Merit Assessment||250|
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.