Entrance Exams in India : Information and Details of Entrance Exams

UPSC Engineering Services Examination, 2016

UPSC 2016: Paper Pattern

  • The IAS Preliminary exam (objective / multiple choice questions type) has two papers:

  • i. Paper - I (General Studies: duration - 2 hours; Marks - 200)

    ii. Paper - II (Civil Services Aptitude Test duration - 2 hours; Marks - 200)



      i. The minimum qualifying marks for Paper II is 33 percent.

     ii. In both Paper I and Paper II for each wrong answer there is a negative marking of 1/3rd of the allotted marks of that question.

    2. The second stage of the civil services is IAS Mains Exam (subjective or descriptive type) and it consists a total of 9 papers which is divided as given below:

     General Studies Paper I(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
    General Studies Paper II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
     General Studies Paper III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
    General Studies Paper IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
    Optional Subject Paper I
     Optional Subject Paper I
    Language Paper

    Those, who clear UPSC Mains exam with the prescribed cut offs will be called for personality test/interview round (the third and final round) by the commission which will be held only in the UPSC Bhawan in New Delhi.

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