The Civil Services examination is conducted by the UPSC in three stages:-

1. Civil Services Preliminary Examination-CSP (Normally held in mid of August every year)
2. Civil Services MAIN Examination-CSM (held in December every year)
3. Personality Test (held in April-May every year)
*Candidates who have passed Civil Services Preliminary Examination will be Eligible to appear in Main Examination

1. Phase 1: UPSC Prelims Exam

The UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination is composed of two components:
Paper Subjects Total Marks Duration
I General Studies I 200 2 Hours (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
II CSAT 200 2 hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

General Studies I

GS Paper I is the very first paper of the Civil Services Examination. This is to test the general awareness of a candidate in a wide range of subjects that include: Indian Polity, Geography, History, Indian Economy, Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology, International Relations and associated.

Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

The CSAT Paper is to assess the aptitude of the candidate in solving ‘Reasoning and Analytical’ questions. The ‘Decision Making’ based questions are generally exempt from negative marks.
* This Round is only meant for screening a candidate for the subsequent stages of the exam. The marks obtained in the Prelims will not be added up while arriving at the final rank list.

2.UPSC Mains Exam

This Round is to test the candidate’s academic talent in depth and his/her ability to present his/her understanding according to the requirements of the question in a time-bound manner.
The UPSC Mains exam consists of 9 papers, out of which two are qualifying papers of 300 marks each.
Two qualifying papers are-
. Any Indian Language Paper
. English Language Paper
Paper Subjects Marks
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II General Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society) 250
Paper III General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations) 250
Paper IV General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management) 250
Paper V General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude) 250
Paper VI >Optional Subject – Paper I

250

Paper VII Optional Subject – Paper II 250

IAS Interview/UPSC Personality Test

after clearing the Mains Round. These candidates will be interviewed by a Board appointed by the UPSC. This is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in the civil services. The Interview test will be of 275 marks and the total marks for written examination is 1750. This sums up to a Grand Total of 2025 Marks, based on which the final merit list will be prepared.