UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern 2019

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 25 Feb, 2019 12:56 IST

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UPSC Civil Services 2019 Exam Pattern

It is important for candidates to have a complete understanding of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam pattern beforehand to be better prepared for the competitive examination. The UPSC Civil Services examination is divided into three stages including Preliminary (Prelims), Mains and Interview. The paper pattern of UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern includes details related to the number of questions, nature of questions, and marking scheme.

Highlights of Civil Services Paper Pattern

Features Prelims Mains
Exam Mode Offline Offline
Medium of Instruction English & Hindi English & Hindi
Number of Qualifying Papers 2 7
Maximum Marks 400 1750
Type of Questions Objective Both Objective & Subjective
Negative Marking 0.33 (one-third) One-third (for objective type questions only)
Exam Duration 2 hrs per paper 3 hrs per paper

Civil Services Preliminary Exam Pattern

The preliminary examination is just a screening test for candidates to qualify for the Mains examination. The marks secured by the qualified candidates in the Prelims are not considered for determining their final order of merit.

  • The preliminary examination comprises of two compulsory papers (General Studies Paper-I & General Studies Paper-II) of 200 marks each. 
  • Both the question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
  • The General Studies Paper-II is a qualifying paper and candidates have to secure minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • The medium of instruction for the question papers is set both in English and Hindi.
  • The time duration for the papers is two hours each.
  • Extra time of 20 mins per hour for each paper will be given to blind candidates and those with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy.
  • Negative marking is applicable on incorrect answers. For every incorrect response, one-third (0.33) of the marks is deducted.
  • In cases where a candidate marks more than one answer, the same penalty will be applicable even if one of the given answers happens to be correct.
  • There will be no penalty in cases where a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate.

Civil Services Mains Exam Pattern

As part of the Mains exam, candidates shortlisted after qualifying the Preliminary examination have to take another written examination and a Personality Test. There are a total of 9 papers in the written test of the Mains exam. Marks secured by candidates in the qualifying papers of the Mains exam and marks obtained in the Interview round are considered for preparing the final UPSC Civil Services Rank List.

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