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UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Syllabus

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

After qualifying the Preliminary Examination candidates are allowed to go for mains exam which consists of two parts –

UPSC Civil Service Exam Syllabus for Mains

It consists of nine paper and followed by a personality test (Total marks is 1750)

Qualifying Paper A One of the Indian language should be selected 300
Paper B English 300
Competitive Paper I Essay writing 250
Paper II Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World 250
Paper III Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations 250
Paper IV Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment 250
Paper V Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude 250
Paper VI, VII One subject is selected from the prescribed optional subjects 500 (250 x 2)
Personality Test Interview 275
Total 2075

You can choose any Indian Language that is mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

You can check the list of optional subject. here.

Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks


Paper A and B(Qualifying in nature)

The aim of the paper is to test the candidates’s ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian language concerned.


Indian Languages:-

Note 1 : The Papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking. Note 2 : The candidates will have to answer the English and Indian Languages papers in English and the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved)

Competitive in Nature

Paper I

Essay : Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Paper II

General Studies -I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society


General Studies -II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations



General Studies -III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management


General Studies -IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.

Paper VI, VI

Optional Subject of Your choice. That will conduct in two parts, Paper VI and Paper VI.

Marks of English and Language will not be counted so total marks for Written exam will be 1750 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 anyone language from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium of writing the examination.

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