UPSC Exam 2018- Exam and Question Paper Pattern

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UPSC Exam 2018 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts exams for various posts in the country. The examination schedule is announced during January – February after which the selection is done. Candidates are filtered at every stage through a process of elimination.

The UPSC exam 2018 is divided into 2 stages:

1. Civil Services (Preliminary Examination)- Objective Type (Qualifier).

2. Civil Services (Main Examination)- Written and Interview.

Stage 1: Preliminary Examination

According to UPSC Exam pattern 2018, Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type questions and each carry 200 marks. The prelims serve as a screening test only and the marks obtained will not be counted for declaring the final order of merit.

[mks_pullquote align=”center” width=”250″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#dd3333″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]Prelims consists of 2 objective papers of 200 marks each[/mks_pullquote]

Prelims syllabus for paper 1 (200 marks)

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Prelims syllabus for paper 2 (200 marks)

  • Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

Features of the preliminary examination:

  • There is a provision for the negative marking, it will be equal to 1/4th of mark allotted to a correct answer.
  • The questions will be set both in Hindi and English languages.
  • Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
  • The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
  • The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year for various Services and Posts.

[mks_pullquote align=”center” width=”250″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#8224e3″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]The prelims serve as a screening test only[/mks_pullquote]

Stage 2: Main Examination

The main examination consists of 9 papers of which two are qualifying papers and remaining 7 are counted for merit.

Paper A (Qualifying)One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India300
Paper B (Qualifying)English300
Paper IEssay250
Paper II
(General Studies I)
Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society.250
Paper III
(General Studies II)
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and international relations.250
(General Studies III)
Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security and disaster management250
Paper V
(General Studies-IV)
Ethics, integrity, and aptitude250
Paper VIOptional Subject -Paper 1250
Paper VIIOptional Subject – Paper 2250
Sub Total1750

List of optional subjects for UPSC Mains Examination:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Indian History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

[mks_pullquote align=”center” width=”250″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#dd3333″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]Total Marks: Main Examination 1750+ Personality test 275= Grand total: 2025 [/mks_pullquote]

Interview/ Personality Test

The interview will carry 275 marks. Marks thus obtained by the candidates (in the Main Examination as well as interview i.e Main Examination 1750+ Personality test 275= Grand total: 2025) would determine their final ranking of the UPSC Exam.

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