UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2022: Prelims & Main Exam Pattern

Last Modified: 12 May 2022

Indian Administrative Services (IAS), one of the wings of the Civil Services Examination, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The Exam Pattern of IAS is designed to test candidates’ academic knowledge and understanding levels.

The IAS exam pattern 2022 has been released in the official notification which is expected to be declared on 2nd February 2022. No major changes in the exam pattern are to be expected. So, here is the UPSC IAS exam pattern based on the previous year’s question papers.

UPSC IAS 2022 Exam Pattern

The UPSC IAS Exam is conducted in three stages:

Preliminary Exam: It is an objective type test that shortlists the candidates for Mains exams.

Main Exam: It is a descriptive test that further shortlists the candidates for the interview round.

Interview round/Personality Test: This is the last stage of the selection process. It is done to select candidates for various posts.

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern: Prelims Exam

  • The Preliminary exam consist of two papers –
    • General Ability Test (GAT) and
    • Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT)
  • Both these papers are compulsory but their marks are not considered to prepare the final result.
  • The questions are of objective type with 4 answer choices. Candidates have to select the correct answer.
  • There is a provision of negative marking where ¼ of the total marks allotted to the question are deducted for incorrect answers.
  • The question papers will be in two languages – Hindi and English. The question on reading comprehension will be only in English.

IAS Preliminary Exam Pattern: Quick Overview

Paper Name

Time Duration

Marks Allotted

Paper 1: General Ability Test (GAT)

2 Hours

200

Paper 2: English Language and Aptitude

2 Hours

200

TOTAL

 

400

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IAS Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

  • UPSC Civil Services & IFS Preliminary Solved Papers (E-Book) Download
  • IES 2009 - 2018 Previous Year Papers E-Book Download

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern: Main Exam

Only those candidates who qualify Prelims are eligible to appear for the Main exam.

  • IAS Mains consist of 9 papers:
    • 2 papers of qualifying nature
    • 7 papers to be considered for merit formation
  • Candidates have to appear in all 9 papers. Failing in any of the qualifying papers will result in the cancellation of candidature.

IAS Main Exam Pattern – List of Papers

Paper Name

Marks

Qualifying Paper

Paper 1 (Candidates have to select one of the Indian languages included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution)

300

Paper 2 (English)

300

Papers Considered for Merit

Paper 1 – Essay

250

Paper 2 – General Studies I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

250

Paper 3 – General Studies II (Constitution, Governance, Social Justice, Polity and International Relation)

250

Paper 4 – General Studies III (Economic Development, Technology, Environment, Bio-diversity, Security and Disaster Management)

250

Paper 5 – General Studies IV (Integrity, Ethics and Aptitude)

250

Paper 6 – Optional Subject 1

250

Paper 7 – Optional Subject 2

250

TOTAL

1750

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Each paper is of 3 hours time duration.

List of Optional Subjects

S. No.

Subject Name

1

Agriculture

2

Anthropology

3

Chemistry

4

Geography

5

History

6

Political Science & International Relations

7

Commerce & Accountancy

8

Economics

9

Management

10

Mathematics

11

Mechanical Engineering

12

Psychology

13

Public Administration

14

Sociology

15

Electrical Engineering

16

Physics

17

Zoology

18

Medical Science

19

Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

20

Botany

21

Civil Engineering

22

Geology

23

Law

24

Philosophy

25

Statistics

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UPSC IAS Pattern: Personality Test/Interview

Candidates who get through Mains are called for Interview round/Personality Test. It is of 275 marks and includes a psychometric test, assessment test and Personal interview. The marks obtained in this round are added to prepare the final merit list.

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