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UPSC CSE Exam Pattern - Complete Details

UPSC CSE exam is regarded as one of the most prestigious government exams in India, and for the candidates, it is beneficial to know the exam pattern which is helpful in exam preparation. In this section, we will be discussing the UPSC CSE exam pattern in detail.

UPSC CSE Exam Pattern

UPSC CSE exam is held in three phases in order to arrive at a merit list for the available vacancies. The three phases are:

  • UPSC Prelims
  • UPSC Mains
  • Interview

The exam pattern of each exam is presented in a tabular format as follows

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2022

PaperNo. of Qs.MarksExam Duration
General Studies Paper-I (GS Paper 1)100200 Marks2 Hours
CSAT- Paper–II80200 Marks2 Hours

Note: UPSC Prelims Paper 1 marks will be counted to determine the merit list whereas the CSAT Paper-II will be of qualifying in nature (33% marks required).

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

PaperUPSC Mains Exam PapersDurationMarks
Paper – ACompulsory Indian Language (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution)3 Hours300 Marks
Paper – BCompulsory English3 Hours300 Marks
Paper – IEssay3 Hours250 Marks
Paper-IIGeneral Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – IIIGeneral Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – IVGeneral Studies– III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – VGeneral Studies– IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – VIOptional Paper– I (Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – VIIOptional Paper-II3 Hours250 Marks
Total1750 Marks

Note: Paper A & B is of Qualifying in Nature (25% i.e. 75 marks required). Whereas marks of Paper I to VII will be counted to determine the final order of merit.

Read on for more details: UPSC CSE 2022 Notification, UPSC CSE 2022 Syllabus,UPSC CSE 2022 Application Form, UPSC CSE 2022 Exam Date, UPSC CSE 2022 Cut off, UPSC CSE 2022 Vacancy

UPSC Interview

TestMarks
Personality Test/Interview275 Marks
  • Candidates who have cleared the UPSC Mains Exam are called for an interview or a personality test, here the candidates are interviewed by a board that is appointed by the UPSC.
  • The candidate will be interviewed by a board based on the details and interests updated by him/her in the Detailed Application Form (DAF).
  • The objective of the interview is to assess the suitability of the candidate for civil services
  • In the personality test, the candidates must be very well versed with their field of study as well as the current affairs both at the national and international level.
  • This interview is more of a conversation that is aimed at gauging the mental as well as the analytical ability of the candidate.
  • The grand total is arrived at by adding the marks obtained in the mains exam and the interview out of a maximum possible marks of ( 1750 +275 = 2025). Based on this number, the merit list is prepared.

FAQs

1. What is the last date to apply for UPSC CSE 2022 Examination?

A. The last date to apply for UPSC CSE 2022 Examination is 22nd February 2022 till 6 pm.

2. Where can I apply for UPSC CSE 2022 Examination?

A. Click on the link here to apply for UPSC CSE 2022 Examination.

3. What is the exam pattern of UPSC CSE 2022 Examination?

A.  The three phases of UPSC CSE 2022 Examination are: UPSC Prelim, UPSC Mains and Interview

4. What is the total marks of UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims and Mains Examination 2022?

A. The total Marks of Prelims exam is 400 and that of Mians examination is 1750 in UPSC CSE 2022 Examination.

FAQs

What is the age limit for general category candidates in UPSC CSE?

Minimum age 21 years and Maximum age 32 years. Age relaxation for other categories is applicable.

What is the application fee for UPSC CSE? +

Male candidates from General and OBC categories need to pay Rs.100, while candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD & Female candidates are exempted from paying the UPSC application fee.

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