UPSC CSE Mains examination is conducted after Prelims examination and can be taken by canditates who pass the Prelims examination successfully.
There are total 9 papers, each of them being subjective in nature. There are two qualifying papers (Paper A & B) of a regional language and English, in which the candidate has to mandatorily pass, but the marks are not counted towards the final ranking.
The candidate is allowed to pick any one language from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium for writing the mains examination. There is one essay paper, four general studies paper, and two papers of an optional subject chosen by the candidate - each of the paper carried 250 marks. The marks of these papers as well as the personality test (of 275 marks) is added for the final merit list. The personality test is conducted for students who successfully qualify the Mains examination.
|Paper A - Language||300||Indian Language Paper (Qualifying nature)|
|Paper B - English||300||English Language Paper (Qualifying nature)|
|Paper 1 - Essay||250|
|Paper 2 - General Studies I||250||Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society|
|Paper 3 - General Studies II||250||Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations|
|Paper 4 - General Studies III||250||Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management|
|Paper 5 - General Studies IV||250||Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude|
|Paper 6 - Optional Paper 1||250||More details here|
|Paper 7 - Optional Paper 2||250||More details here|
|Internview/Personlity Test||275||Candidate can give preference of the language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.|
|Total||2025||250*7 + 275 = 2025|
The list of languages allowed to write the examination in, apart from English, are given below:
|Sindhi||Devanagari or Arabic|
|Santhali||Devanagari or Olchiki *|
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