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UPSC CSE 2022 Mains Result (Soon), Answer Key, Cut off, Selection Process

Updated By Deepansh Sharma on 26 Sep, 2022 08:10

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About UPSC Civil Services 2022 (Mains Result Soon!)

UPSC CSE Mains Result 2022 will soon be released on the official website at All the candidates who appeared for the Civil Services Mains exam can visit the official website to check the UPSC CSE Mains Result 2022, once it is released. It is expected that the Mains result will be declared by the end of October 2022. Candidates who will obtain the minimum qualifying marks, also known as UPSC CSE Mains Cutoff 2022, will be shortlisted for the next round of selection. CSE cutoff is prescribed by the commission and is released on the official website on completion of the whole examination process. Candidates should also check the further UPSC CSE Selection Process to get a better view of what's next. This page will provide you every bit of information regarding UPSC CSE 2022 Mains exam, result, cutoff, selection process and so on.  

UPSC CSE Mains exam 2022 was conducted between September 16, 2022 to September 25, 2022. UPSC CSE mains exam comprises nine descriptive papers conducted in different shifts on different days.

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a competitive examination that is conducted at the national level by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruiting candidates to various Civil Services of the Government of India. The recruitment is done for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. The UPSC Civil Services examination consists of a Preliminary examination, followed by the Mains examination, and finally an Interview-cum- Personality Test.

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UPSC Civil Services Conducting Body

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India's central agency authorised to conduct the Civil Services Examination, Engineering Services Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, National Defence Academy Examination, Naval Academy Examination, Special Class Railway Apprentice, Indian Forest Service Examination, Indian Economic Service Examination, Indian Statistical Service Examination, Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination, and Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Examination.

UPSC Civil Services Important Dates 2022

All the important dates regarding the UPSC Civil Services (Mains) Exam 2022 are as follows - 

UPSC Civil Services 2022 (Prelims) Online RegistrationFebruary 02, 2022
Last Date to Submit the UPSC Civil Services 2022 Application FormFebruary 22, 2022
UPSC Civil Services 2022 Preliminary ExamJune 05, 2022
UPSC Civil Services 2022 Preliminary Admit CardMay 10, 2022
UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Result DeclarationJune 22, 2022
UPSC CSE 2022 Mains Admit CardAugust 30, 2022
UPSC Civil Services 2022 Mains ExamSeptember 16, 2022 to September 25, 2022
UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Result DeclarationOctober 2022 (tentative)

UPSC CSE Mains 2022 Exam Schedule

The table given below indicates the UPSC CSE Mains Exam dates, along with the timings. Candidates, who are to appear for the Mains exam, can check the schedule of the exam here.

Date & Day

Forenoon Session (9.00 A.M - 12.00 P.M)

Afternoon Session (2.00 P.M - 5.00 P.M)

September 16, 2022


Paper-I Essay

No Paper

September 17, 2022


Paper-II General Studies-I

Paper-III General Studies-II

September 18, 2022


Paper-IV General Studies-III

Paper-V General Studies-IV

September 24, 2022


Paper-A Indian Language

Paper-B English

September 25, 2022


Paper-VI Optional Subject-Paper-1

Paper-VII Optional Subject-Paper-2

UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria2022

The detailed eligibility criteria to appear for the UPSC Civil Service Examination is as follows:

Minimum Educational Qualifications:

  • Candidate should hold a Bachelor's degree from any recognised University.

Age Limit:

  • Candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August 2022 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August 1988 and not later than 1st August 2000.  

Age Relaxation:

  • Up to maximum five years of relaxation for SC/ST candidates;

  • Up to maximum three years of relaxation for OBC candidates;

UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims Exam Centres

The list of exam centres for the UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims exam can be checked below -


UPSC Civil Services Mains Admit Card 2022

UPSC CSE Mains Admit Card 2022 has been released on the official website at All the candidates who have applied for the exam can visit the official website to download UPSC CSE Mains admit card. The UPSC CSE Mains exams will start from September 16, 2022. The admit card for UPSC CSE Mains exam can be accessed by entering the Registration ID and Date of Birth, along with the security code provided on the portal. Candidates need to carry their CSE Mains admit card in each paper. Entry to the examination centre will be restricted for the candidates without the admit card.

UPSC CSE 2022 Mains Exam Centres

The exam centres for UPSC CSE Mains 2022 can be checked below -


UPSC CSE Pattern 2022

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.

All the latest highlights regarding the UPSC CSE 2022 exam are as follows - 




Exam Mode



Medium of Instruction

English & Hindi

English & Hindi

Number of Qualifying Papers



Maximum Marks



Type of Questions


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

UPSC CSE Syllabus 2022

The UPSC Civil Services 2022 Syllabus is decided by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. As part of the Prelims syllabus, candidates are evaluated based on their knowledge and aptitude in current affairs. In the Civil Services Mains exam, a candidate is evaluated based on his/her academic expertise in his/her specialised subject. It also looks at an individual's overall intellectual traits and understanding of concepts. Basically, the questions that are asked in the Civil Services examination tests the candidate’s understanding and clarity of concepts related to a variety of subjects, which is relevant for a career in Civil Services.

UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus 2022

Paper I Syllabus

  • Current events of National & International importance.
  • History of India & Indian National Movement.
  • Indian & World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India & the World.
  • Indian Polity & Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic & Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity & climate change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Paper II Syllabus

  • Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning & analytical ability.
  • Decision making & problem solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers & their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level)

UPSC CSE Mains Syllabus 2022

English Language:

  1. Comprehension of given passages.
  2. Precis Writing.
  3. Usage and Vocabulary.
  4. Short Essays.

Indian Languages:

  1. Comprehension of given passages.
  2. Precis Writing.
  3. Usage and Vocabulary.
  4. Short Essays.
  5. Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.

2. Paper-I: Essay

Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely.

3. Paper-II: General Studies-I

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  3. The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
  4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  5. History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.
  6. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  7. Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  8. Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  9. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  10. Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  11. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  12. Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

4. Paper-III: General Studies-II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

  1. Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
  5. Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  6. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  11. Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  12. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  13. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  14. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  15. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  16. Role of civil services in a democracy.
  17. India and its neighborhood- relations.
  18. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  19. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
  20. Important International institutions, agencies and fora - their structure, mandate.

5. Paper-IV: General Studies-III

Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

  1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.
  2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  3. Government Budgeting.
  4. Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, - different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  5. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System-objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  6. Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  7. Land reforms in India.
  8. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  10. Investment models.
  11. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  12. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  13. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  14. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  15. Disaster and disaster management.
  16. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  17. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  18.  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
  19. Security challenges and their management in border areas - linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  20. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

7. Paper-V: General Studies-IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

  1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics - in private and public relationships. Human Values - lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  2. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  3. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
  4. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  6. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  7. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  8. Case Studies on above issues.

8. Paper – VI & VII

Optional Subject Papers I & II.

A candidate may opt for any one Optional Subject from the following:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology
  26. Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

UPSC CSE Preparation Tips 2022

The Civil Services Examination (CSE), conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is a competitive and prestigious exam conducted on a yearly basis to fill-in various civil service vacancies for the Government of India. 

To be successful in a national-level examination like this, it is important to have a proper and effective preparation strategy in place. For those appearing for the exam this year, here are some tips and tricks that can be used to take Civil Services exam preparation to the next level. 

Be Acquainted with the Syllabus:

It is essential for all the candidates to be thoroughly acquainted with the entrance exam syllabus. If the candidates are familiar with the syllabus, it will reduce their mental burden by a great percentage. Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus thoroughly.

Know the Exam Pattern Well:

All the candidates should be fully acquainted with the exam pattern. If the candidates are familiar with the exam pattern, they will have a clear idea regarding the number and type of questions, total marks for every paper, the time duration for the exam, number of papers and number of sections in each paper.

Regular Practice from Sample Papers:

All the candidates are advised to regularly solve the CSE sample papers. This will help in improving your proficiency and speed level. 

Select the Right Preparation Material:

All the candidates should have quality preparation materials for all the subjects. It is advisable to choose one book per subject which will clarify all the basic concepts. If the candidates study from too many books on one topic, it will create much confusion and also waste a lot of time.  

Regular Revision:

All the candidates for UPSC CSE should regularly revise all the topics previously prepared. The revision will help to recall all the topics studied along with grasping new concepts. The revision process is an important part of the preparation as it helps to boost recalling and memorising power.

Don't be Stressed and Be Calm:

It is very necessary to remain calm while preparing for a competitive exam like CSE, for it is one of the toughest exams in the country. The candidates should not be stressed and should prepare well for the exam.

Making Short Notes:

The candidates appearing for the exam should make short notes which will make their revision much easier. This is one of the best ways to remember the topics easily.

UPSC CSE Cutoff 2022

UPSC Civil services 2022 Cut off will be released by the examination organising authority i.e., Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), after the declaration of the UPSC Civil services final result. The cut-off implies the minimum marks that a candidate must secure so as to qualify the exam and become eligible for the next round. The UPSC will release the Civil services 2022 cut-off marks for all three stages under its selection process.

How to Check UPSC Civil Services Cut off 2022?

Here are some simple steps to check UPSC Civil Services cut-off 2022:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC i.e.

  • On the homepage of UPSC, click on the tab 'Examination'.

  • Then, select the 'Cut-off' tab from the drop-down list.

  • A new page will appear in which cut-off marks for various years will be displayed on the screen.

  • Click on the link for which you want to see the cut-off marks.

  • The next page will display the cut-off marks for various categories.

  • You can check and compare your marks with that of the cut-off.

  • You may also take a printout of the cut-off marks for future reference.

UPSC Civil Services Expected Cut off 2022

The UPSC CSE 2022 expected cutoff details have been provided below - 







665 – 679

850 – 889



602 – 631

810 – 845


78-81598 – 610785 – 800



590 – 600

815 – 835



585 – 600

800 – 815



550 – 565

800 – 820

PH 2


530 – 540

780 – 835



450 – 500

690 – 726

Note: The above-mentioned UPSC Civil Services cut-off is based on the previous years' cut-off data. These are just an estimated cut-off and these may vary as per the difficulty level of the exams and such other factors.

UPSC CSE Answer Key 2022

The official UPSC Civil Services 2022 answer key is released after the whole UPSC CSE examination cycle for the year 2022 wraps up. However, the unofficial UPSC CSE Answer keys are released by different coaching centres across the country and the candidates can refer to any of the verified answer key to check the UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 score. This year the UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2022 was conducted on June 5, 2022 and the UPSC Civil Services  PRelims result 2022 has been declared on June 22, 2022, on the official website. The UPSC CSE Mains 2022 will be conducted from September 16, 2022 as per the official notification. Once each of these exams are conducted, the answer key will be released on the official website of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates will be allowed to download the answer key once it is issued by UPSC. 

Steps to Download UPSC Civil Services Answer Key 2022

  • Go to the official website of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • Go to the ‘Home’ page and click on the ‘Examination’ menu.

  • Click on the ‘Answer Key’ under the Examination menu.

  • Click on the link given below, denoting GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2.

  • A PDF file will open with the answers of the questions asked in the preliminary examination of UPSC Civil Services.

  • Download the PDF file and take a print out of it for future references.

How to Calculate Scores Using UPSC CSE Answer Key 2022?

CSE Answer key 2022 are the most important resource to calculate your marks and check one's performance in the examination. Candidates who have appeared in the examination can estimate their score even before the result is declared. Check the steps below to calculate CSE 2022 Prelims examination.

  • In the first step, candidates can download the answer key from the website or the link which will be provided on this page.
  • Once you have downloaded the answer key, aspirants can check through the answer key and cross-check with the ones they have marked during the exam.
  • Now, based on the marking scheme check no. of right and wrong answers and calculate your total marks.

Marking Scheme:

  • Correct Answer: + 2 marks
  • Incorrect Answer: -2/3 Marks

Formula to calculate CSE 2022 scores: Total scores of CSE 2022 = (Number of correct answers X 2 marks ) – (Number of incorrect answers X 2/3 marks)

UPSC CSE 2022 Result

UPSC Civil Services 2022 Final result will be announced after the conclusion of the whole examination process. UPSC CSE 2022 Mains result will be available soon on the official website. Mains exam was conducted from September 16 to September 21, 2022. It is expected that the result will be declared by the end of October 2022.

UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 exam was conducted on June 5, 2022 and the UPSC CSE Prelims result 2022 has been declared on June 22, 2022. The UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 result is available in PDF format for the candidates. Candidates can access their scorecards both directly from the official UPSC website and also from the link available on our website. The candidates will find out their UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 scorecards in the "What's New" section on the official website of UPSC. Based on the marks obtained in UPSC CSE prelims result 2022, candidates will be shortlisted for the main exam. 

The UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 result can be checked by clicking on the link given below:

UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Result

Steps to View UPSC Civil Services Result 2022

Candidates can view their UPSC Civil Services exam result by following the steps given below:

  • To check the result, visit the official website of UPSC.

  • A link to access the result will be available.

  • Click on the link and the result will be displayed on your screen in the form of a PDF file.

  • Download and save the UPSC result PDF for future use.

UPSC CSE Selection Process 2022

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services selection process comprises of three stages – Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type), Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written) and a Personality Test (Interview). 

Candidates qualifying in the UPSC Civil Services 2022 exams, will become eligible to appear for next round of selection process, and ultimately be selected for the recruitment in various posts of Indian Civil Services.

  • The first stage of UPSC CSE exam is Prelims.
  • The candidates who passed the Prelims exam will have to appear for UPSC CSE Mains exam.
  • The UPSC Mains exam is the second stage of the Civil Services Examination. IAS aspirants who clear the Prelims i.e. those who score above the cutoff in General Studies Paper I and more than 33% marks in General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) are eligible to appear for the UPSC Mains.
  • The candidates who qualify Mains exam will have to appear for interview process.
  • The results for UPSC Civil Services exam are declared within a week after the interviews, i.e. between April-June. After the candidates receive the allocation letter, they are given the fundamental training in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie for 15 weeks.

Contact Details

Address: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 10069

Phone number: 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543


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FAQs about UPSC Civil Services

What are the precautions to be taken while uploading candidates’ photographs and signatures?

Before filling up the Online Application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the “JPG” format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB and must not be less than 20 KB. The photograph and signature must be clearly visible.

Which is the most common mistake committed by a UPSC CSE aspirant?

The biggest mistake which most of the UPSC CSE aspirants commit, according to our UPSC experts, is they take the syllabus for the UPSC CSE exam very lightly. Such fatal assumption propels the candidates to delay their preparations.

I exhausted my last chance to appear in the UPSC CSE exam in 2020. Can I apply for UPSC CSE 2021?

According to the latest Supreme Court verdict, candidates who have exhausted their final chance of appearing in the UPSC CSE exam in 2020 will not be given another chance. So, you are not eligible to apply for UPSC CSE 2021.

Why has UPSC delayed the release of the Civil Services Exam (preliminary) 2021 application form?

The exact reason as to why the UPSC CSE 2021 (preliminary) exam application form release has been delayed is not known to us. However, UPSC has confirmed that it will release the notification regarding the same very soon.

When will UPSC conduct the Civil Services Preliminary Exam for the year 2021?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Exam (preliminary) 2021 exam will be conducted on 27th June 2021.

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