- Jan 16, 2021
- Blog, Blog English, UPSC,
The Civil Services Examination is considered to be the most prestigious examination in the country. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruiting Group A and some Group B posts in a variety of offices in the Government of India.
This exam is conducted in three phases, Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and Personal Interview. The Preliminary Exam for CSE 2020 was conducted on 4 October 2020. You can check the UPSC Exam Prelims Schedule here. CSE Prelim examination is qualifying in nature which means that the score you obtain in this phase will not add up in the final merit. However, only the candidates who score marks equal to the cutoff will be eligible to appear in the next phase of the examination – The CSE Mains Exam. The Mains is set to be conducted from 8 January till 17 January in two-time slots of the morning (9 AM – 12 PM) and afternoon (2 PM – 5 PM).
The students sitting in the exam must be aware of the complete schedule of the examination. The UPSC Mains Exam Dates are given below:
UPSC Mains Exam Schedule
|UPSC Mains Exam Dates||Time Slot (9 AM – 12 PM)||Time Slot (2 PM – 5 PM)|
|8 January 2021||Essay Paper||–|
|9 January 2021||General Studies-I||General Studies-II|
|10 January 2021||General Studies-III||General Studies-IV|
|16 January 2021||Indian Language Paper||English Language Paper|
|17 January 2021||Optional Paper-I||Optional Paper-II|
While preparing for the exam, it is crucial that the students know about the pattern of each subject in the mains exam. There are a total of 9 papers in the CSE Mains Examination. Two out of the nine papers are qualifying in nature while the score of the rest is counted in the merit. The complete UPSC Exam Pattern is tabulated below.
UPSC Mains Paper Pattern
|Papers||Name of Subject||Nature||Time Duration||Marks|
|Paper A||Any Indian Language||Qualifying in Nature||3 Hours||300|
|Paper B||English (Objective)||Qualifying in Nature||3 Hours||300|
|Paper I||Essay||Counted for Merit||3 Hours||250|
|Paper II||General Studies (GS) I||Counted for Merit||3 Hours||250|
|Paper III||General Studies (GS) II||Counted for Merit||3 Hours||250|
|Paper IV||General Studies (GS) III||Counted for Merit||3 Hours||250|
|Paper V||General Studies (GS) IV||Counted for Merit||3 Hours||250|
|Paper VI||Optional Subject Paper-I||Counted for Merit||3 Hours||250|
|Paper VII||Optional Subject Paper-II||Counted for Merit||3 Hours||250|
- The IAS Main exam will be both objective as well as subjective in nature.
- Two papers, Paper A and Paper B will be of qualifying nature which means that the students will have to obtain marks equal to or more than the cut off marks in order to qualify the exam.
- The cut off is decided on the basis of total vacancies, the difficulty level of paper and candidates appearing for the exam.
- There will be Negative Marking of 1/3 marks (0.66) for each wrong answer in objective paper only
The subjects that are covered under the General Studies Papers in Mains Exam are:
|General Studies I||General Studies II||General Studies III||General Studies IV|
|Indian Heritage and Culture||Governance||Technology||Ethics|
|History and Geography of the World||Constitution||Economic Development||Integrity|
|–||International relations||Security and Disaster Management||–|
The students have to choose one subject for Paper VI & VII of the mains exam from the list given below:
|Agriculture||Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science||Anthropology||Botany||Chemistry|
|Civil Engineering||Commerce and Accountancy||Economics||Electrical Engineering||Geography|
|Mechanical Engineering||Medical Science||Philosophy||Physics||Political Science and International Relations|
|The literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.|