UPSC CSE Exam Pattern 2023

The conducting body, i.e., the Union Public Service Commission, sets the UPSC Exam format. It is a yearly test that is administered in three stages. Every year millions of candidate apply for the exam. This article attempts to provide the reader with a general information of the UPSC exam format and CSE 2023 syllabus.

This examination is considered as one of the toughest and challenging government examination and takes full dedication, concentration and time for the preparation of the tricky format of paper. Here given is the updated exam pattern of upsc cse which will help the candidate in best possible way to study for UPSC IAS, IFS, IPS, IFOS, IRS exams.

Exam is conducted the three parts:

  • Stage I : Preliminary Examination
  • Stage II : Mains Examination
  • Stage III : Personality Test (interview)

UPSC CSE - An Overview

Conducting body Union Public Service Commission
Numbers of paper in exam Prelims (2 papers) Mains (9 papers)
Duration of the paper Prelims: 2 hours (each paper) total 4 hours Mains: 3 hours (each paper) conducted in different days
Question paper type Prelims: objective type Mains: subjective types
Marking scheme for prelims exam Paper 1: +2 marks Paper 2: +2.5 marks Negative marking: one third of marks allotted to each question
Eligibility creteria Must be graduated, and be citizen of India
Restriction on attempts 6 for (general) 9 for (OBC and PwBD- general) No age limits for SC and ST candidate

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

The UPSC Prelims are the first step toward realising this goal, hence thorough preparation is essential. The secret is to read each topic thoroughly because each subject and toipc has a significant weight to it. The prelims exam is schedule for 28 May,2023.

Preliminary Examination is the first step taken toward the UPSC examination. Prelims exam is conducted in two phase. Both the paper consist of multiple choice of questions and objective questions. Topics which candidate has to cover in first paper of prelims are current affair, economics, histroty, science and technology and in paper two logical reasoning, comprehension, basic numeracy, data interpretation. Both the paper are conducted on the same day and time duration is 2 hours for each paper and 4 hours in total. Candidate should prepare best for the prelims because the prelims exam serves as a screening test to select students for the main exam. Language

Preliminary Exam Subjects

Paper No. of questions Total marks Time duration Type Negative marking
General Studies paper 1 100 200 2 hours objective yes
General Studies paper 2 80 200 2 hours objective yes

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The upsc mains exam is to be held on september 15, 2023 for candidates who pass the preliminary exam successfully. Only those applicants will be permitted to sit for the Mains Exam if they achieve at least the announced cutoff in General Studies I and 33% in General Studies II in the preliminary round. Mains exam consist of 9 subject paper also candidate can choose two optional paper as well, and the full exam procedure is completed in 5-7 days. Candidates from the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim, as well as candidates with hearing impairment, are excluded from taking Paper A if they can prove that their respective board or university has exempted them from taking such second- or third-language courses. Any language included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution is covered by the Indian Language paper.

Mains Exam Subjects

Paper Subject Total marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian language 300
Paper B English 300
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II General Studies I 250
Paper III General Studies II 250
Paper IV General Studies III 250
Paper V General Studies IV 250
Paper VI Optional I 250
Paper VII Optional II 250

The following are the subjects that are covered by the General Studies Papers in the Mains Exam

General Studies I General Studies II General Studies III General Studies IV
Indian heritage and culture Governance Bio-diversity Aptitude
History and Geography of the World International relations Environment Integrity
Society Polity Economic Development Ethics
  Constitution Technology  
  Social Justice Security and Disaster Management  

There are 2 optional subject included in 9 subject which candidate can choose according to their will. Each optional paper worth 250 marks and the time given is 3 hours per paper. Candidate should choose optional according to their interest as this subject help candidate to score well. List of optional subject are given below:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Psychology
  • Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • History
  • Commerce and Accountacy
  • Medical science
  • Public Administration
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statics
  • Zoology
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • The literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Manipuri, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Urdu and English.

Pattern of Personality Test (interview)

This is the last and final stage of the UPSC, where candidates has to sit for interview for the final selection. The UPSC interview stage carries a total score of 275 points.This interview can change the dynamics of candidates life if he performs best in it. The specific board constituted by the UPSC takes the interview. Board consist of experienced, intellectual, and observed people who judge the candidate. A few characteristics the selection committee looks for include intellectual and moral integrity, as well as mental alertness, critical capacities of absorption, clear and logical presentation, a balance of judgement, diversity and depth of interest. Candidate should wear clean and comfortable clothes as dressing sense is also considered as the first impression as the candidates enter the room.Finally, be completely confident and avoid placing too much pressure on yourself while going into the interview.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Q1. What are the total marks for UPSC CSE Mains?

Ans. The total marks for UPSC CSE mains are 1750

Q2. What is the syllabus of UPSC CSE mains?

Ans. The syllabus of UPSC mains is quite lengthy and tricky and for detailed information of syllabus check the linked article.

Q3. What is the prelim exam pattern in UPSC exam?

Ans. Prelim exam is the first stage of the upsc and candidate has to give two exams of General Studies on one day. Both the paper are objective type.

Q4. What is the exam pattern for the interview round in UPSC examination?

Ans. Interview round is the last stage of the examination. Candidate has to clear their mains exam to sit in the interview round. Its basically personality check test where specific board, questions candidates. This stage is of 275 marks.

Q5. What are 9 paper of UPSC Mains?

Ans. The 9 paper pf UPSC mains are Compulsory Indian Language, English, General Studies 1, General Studies 2, General Studies 3, General Studies 4, Optional paper 1, Optiona paperl 2.

Q6. Can I crack UPSC CSE without coaching?

Ans. Yes, candidate can clear exam without coaching, its all depend on person to person and their strategies, self studies, and confidence. Though its quite difficult but possible as well.

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