UPSC Civil Services Syllabus Pdf & Exam Pattern


Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has recently issued a notification for conducting Civil Services Examination. This test will be conducted to recruit the candidates for various vacancies. Every candidate who is looking to crack this test should know UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern and Syllabus. We are giving here complete details regarding UPSC Civil Services Exam 2016. We all know that UPSC Civil Services Examination will be conducted in two stages i.e., Preliminary and Main Examination. All the applicants are advised to go through the following to know more about this exam.

UPSC Civil Services Examination comprises two successive stages.

  • Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination
  • Civil Services (Main) Examination

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Pattern

  • UPSC Preliminary Test will consists of two Papers for 400 marks
  • This paper will be considered by the authority as screening test.
  • Candidates who cleared this examination will be invited to appear for the main examination
  • Each Paper consists of 200 marks
  • Both papers will have objective type questions
  • General Studies Paper II of the Civil Services will be a qualifying paper of 33%
  • Paper will have questions in Hindi/ English
  • Duration: 2 hours

Candidates who are wishing to know the UPSC Civil Service Syllabus for Paper I & II can go though the following

UPSC Civil Services Main Exam Paper Pattern

Preliminary test will be objective based type where as main exam is written based test i.e., written and interview.

This test will have two papers i.e., Paper A and Paper B.

Paper A: Applicants have to choose one of the Indian Language

Paper B: English for 300 Marks

Main exam consists of written exam and an interview test

Written test will consists of 9 Papers of conventional essay type.

Candidates who will obtain marks in Main examination will be invited for an interview for a personality test.

The interview will be carry 275 marks

Papers to be counted for Merit

Paper Subject Name Marks
Paper-1 Essay 250
Paper-2 General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250
Paper-3 General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250
Paper-4 General Studies –III  (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250
Paper-5 General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250
Paper-6 Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper-7 Optional Subject – Paper 2 250
Sub Total (Written test) 1750
Personality Test 275
Grand Total 2025

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UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus