Main Examination

The written examination will consist of the following papers

Summary of the Latest Pattern of Civil Services (Mains) Examination
Paper – I
Language -300 Marks
Candidate can take any Modern Indian language
but this paper is of qualifying nature
Paper – II
English -300 Marks
This paper is of qualifying nature
Paper – III
Essay – 250 Marks
Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice
General Studies-I 250 Marks (Indian Heritage and Culture,
History and Geography of the World and Society)
General Studies -II: 250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
General Studies -III 250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
General Studies -IV 250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Marks carried by General Studies was 4X 250=1000
Optional Subject – Paper 1 -250 Marks
Optional Subject – Paper II -250 Marks
Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “without the conditionality of having to do his/her graduation in that language’s literature.
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
Marks of English and Language will not be counted so total marks for Written exam will be 2000 Marks Only
Interview/Personality Test – 275 marks
Candidate can give preference of the language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.
Grand Total 2025 Marks
A candidate is allowed to use any one language from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium of writing the examination.
Qualifying Papers:
(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution).300 Marks
Paper : B English 300 Marks
Papers To Be Counted For Merit

 Candidates May Choose Any One Of The Optional Subjects From Amongst The List Of Subjects Given Below:

Language                         Script
Assamese                        Assamese
Bengali                             Bengali
Gujarati                           Gujarati
Hindi                                Devanagari
Kannada                          Kannada
Kashmiri                         Persian
Konkani                          Devanagari
Malayalam                     Malayalam
Manipuri                        Bengali
Marathi                          Devanagari
Nepali                             Devanagari
Oriya                               Oriya
Punjabi                           Gurumukhi
Sanskrit                         Devanagari
Sindhi                             Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil                               Tamil
Telugu                            Telugu
Urdu                               Persian
Bodo                              Bodo
Dogri                             Devanagari
Maithilli                       Devanagari
Santhali                        Devanagari or Olchiki
List Of Optional Subjects For Main Examination:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology
  26. Literature of any one of the following languages:

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.