Exam pattern of IAS

IAS conducts its examination for the recruitment of IAS(Indian Administrative Services) in the Indian Government. We will discuss the exam pattern of IAS. But, before we should start I want to head towards this exam. It is one of the most sought after examination in the country. Hence, the examination pattern of IAS is actually designed to test the student’s general awareness around the country. Here, you’ll get full information regarding IAS exam pattern (Prelims/Mains).

Along with this IAS aspirant must be aware of the latest important dates, which is mentioned in this article heading towards a separate page. In this article, you will also get information about IAS Exam Syllabus

UPSC IAS Exam patter 2020

Every IAS aspirant needs to be aware of the examination pattern of whichever he/she is going to appear. IAS Exam pattern is easy to understand through below mentioned tables and snippets.

The whole examination conducted in two steps and selection process in three steps. These two steps are:-

Prelims – It has 2 papers having the weightage of 200 marks each. 

Mains – It has 9 papers having the weightage of 300 marks for two papers and rest of 250 marks.

IAS exam pattern - prelims

  • It has 2 papers (General Studies-I and General Studies-II)
  • Weightage of each paper is of 200 marks
  • A number of questions allotted for the candidates in General Studies-I are 100 an for General Studies-II is 80.
  • Negative marking is applicable in both of these papers.
  • Candidates need to secure 33% marks to qualify the examination. As it is qualifying in nature.
  • Level of the Examination is up to 10th class.

Paper

Type

Marks

No. of questions

Duration

Negative marks

General Studies I

Objective

200

100

2 hours

Yes

General Studies II (CSAT)

Objective

200

80

2 hours

Yes

Marking Scheme for Prelims

  • General Studies comprises of questions having a weightage of 2 marks.
  • Civil Service Aptitude questions in the Test paper carry 2.5 marks of weightage.
  • For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  • If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and the penalty will be the same as mentioned above for that question.
  • If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
  • Paper-II (CSAT) in the IAS exam is of qualifying nature and candidates should score a minimum of 33% in this paper to qualify for the next stage of the IAS exam i.e. the Mains.

Negative Marking

The aspirants may get negative marks in the IAS Prelims Exam. More specifically, in the case of three incorrect answers, the aspirants will get a deduction of 1 mark. That is, the aspirants will get 1/3 mark deduction for every incorrect answer. On the other hand, there will be no deduction if the candidates will leave blank any of the answers.

IAS Exam Pattern - Mains

The UPSC IAS Main exam pattern consists of a total of 9 papers. These include two qualifying papers and seven merit-based papers.

Each paper has a time duration of three hours duration. Only those candidates who secure at least the declared cut off in General Studies I and 33% in General Studies II in Prelims are allowed to appear for the Mains Examination.

As per the exam pattern of UPSC Mains, all of the papers consist of descriptive answer type questions. All the papers except the Language papers A and B can be answered in English or any of the languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India.

The optional papers can be answered in English even if none of the other papers has been answered by the candidate in English.

Paper

Subject

Total marks

Duration

Paper A

Compulsory Indian language

300

3 hours

Paper B

English

300

3 hours

Paper I

Essay

250

3 hours

Paper-II

General Studies I

250

3 hours

Paper III

General Studies II

250

3 hours

Paper IV

General Studies III

250

3 hours

Paper V

General Studies IV

250

3 hours

Paper VI

Optional I

250

3 hours

Paper VII

Optional II

250

3 hours

Marking Scheme for mains

  • Mains Examination is having a total weightage of 1750 marks.

Interview Process UPSC IAS

  • To be the part of the Interview test, candidates need to qualify the mains exam. This is the last stage of the process of becoming an IAS.  The purpose of the interview is to evaluate a candidate’s personal rightness and decision-making ability in a career of public service by qualified boards and unbiased supervisors. 
  • The intention of the interviewer is to judge the mental ability of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an evaluation of not only his intellectual qualities. But, also social characteristics and his interest in general knowledge.
  • Some of the qualities to be judged are critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical analysis, mental sharpness, variety, and depth of interest, the balance of judgment ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral honesty. The candidate will be asked questions on matters of general consequence and industries as well.
  • The medium of language is the candidate’s choice. IAS exam has a total weightage of 2025 marks. The interview has a weightage of 275 marks. The overall marks will decide the ranking of the candidates and called for the final interview.

IAS Exam Syllabus UPSC

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