UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2018-19

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2018-19, UPSC IAS exam is the most popular test in India. Every year UPSC organize Civil Services test for applicants aspiring to be Grade ‘A’ officers. UPSC IAS test is organized into three mandatory parts name are- Preliminary test Main test and Interview round.

Here we are providing UPSC IAS proper syllabus 2018 session for Preliminary test and Main test and how to prepare for IAS examination. Those who quality preliminary test of IAS will be allowed to appear in UPSC IAS Main test 2018.

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2018-19

IAS (Civil Service) Exam Pattern 2018

UPSC IAS consists of three mandatory parts which are Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The exam pattern varies according to the mandatory parts.

IAS Prelims Exam

  • IAS Prelims exam will have two papers of 100 and 80 questions respectively for two hours each
  • Paper-1 will be General Studies-1 (GS-I) comprising many sections including Geography, Economics, Political Science and Science
  • Paper-2, GS-II General Studies-II also known as Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) will test the aptitude of UPSC IAS candidates
  • Applicants are given three hours break in between each of the papers.

IAS Main Exam

  • IAS Mains test will constitute of 9 papers and the Interview round. Each paper will be of three hours
  • Out of the 9 papers, 4 papers come to General Studies. Apart from Indian and English Language, applicants can choose two papers out of the list available to applicants during IAS registration.
  • Paper-A and Paper-B of UPSC IAS Mains 2018 will be of 300 marks each and will be qualifying in nature
  • The score of these papers will not be considered while preparing IAS Merit list. However, only those candidates, who obtain at least 25% in Paper-A, and 25% in Paper-B, will be taken into consideration while making the IAS Rank list on the basis of General Studies and Optional subjects papers.
Interview Round (UPSC IAS Exam)

Only the IAS Main test qualified candidates will be eligible for the Personality test (Interview). Applicants will be interviewed by Board members, who will be aware of applicants’ career so far. The objective to this interview is to assess applicant’s personal suitability for their future. 


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