Reena Saini Updated On: 24 Apr, 2019 13:20 IST
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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.
|Medium of Instruction||English & Hindi||English & Hindi|
|Number of Qualifying Papers||2||7|
|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|
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.
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.