UPSC Civil Services 2014 Exam Pattern – Union Public Service Commission has announced UPSC Civil Services 2014 Exam Pattern for the competitive exam, which comprises of two stages – Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) and Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview). UPSC Civil Services 2014 Paper Pattern is described below  for both stages of UPSC Civil Services 2014.

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UPSC Civil Services 2014 Exam Pattern – Preliminary Exam:

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam will be an Objective Type paper with 4-hour duration will carry a total of 400 marks. The exam will comprise of two papers, with 2 hours duration for each, carrying maximum 200 marks.

 Negative marking is applicable for both papers. For every wrong answer, one-third of the mark allotted to that question will be deducted. 


UPSC Civil Services 2014 Syllabus – Preliminary Exam:

The questions will be from various subjects including General Awareness, English Language, Numerical Aptitude, Reasoning, etc.


UPSC Civil Services 2014 Exam Pattern – Main Exam:

 The Mains exam will consist of written exam and personality test. The written exam will consist of:

Qualifying Papers:
•    Paper A – An Indian language selected by the candidates
•    Paper B – English

Papers to be counted for merit:
•    Essay (Paper I)
•    General Studies (Paper II-V)
•    Optional Subjects (Paper VI-VII)


UPSC Civil Services 2014 Syllabus – Main Exam:

The written examination will consist of the following papers:


Qualifying Papers:



Paper A: An Indian Language           


Paper B: English


Papers to be Counted for Merit:



Paper I: Essay


Paper II: General Studies-I

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)


Paper III: General Studies-II

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)


Paper IV: General Studies-III

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)


Paper V: General Studies-IV

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)


Paper VI: Optional Subject-Paper1


Paper-VII: Optional Subject-Paper 2


Sub Total (Written test)       


Personality Test


Grand Total


Paper A and Paper B are qualifying papers. The marks obtained in these papers will not be considered while counting the ranking. However, only those candidates who secure at least 25 percent in Paper A and 25 percent in Paper B, will be taken into consideration while making the ranking based on General Studies and Optional Subjects papers.


UPSC in its notification also announced Important Dates and Selection Process with declaring the UPSC Civil Services 2014 Test Pattern for the exam.


UPSC will conduct preliminary exam for UPSC Civil Services 2014 on August 24 to fill up around 1,291 vacancies in civil services including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Central Services (Group A and Group B).


Candidates, who qualify Prelims round, will be called for the Main Exam in September or October, 2014. Mains round includes written exam and personality test. Qualifying candidates in Mains round will be appointed as Civil Servants.


The exam will be conducted for total of 1291 vacancies. Out of the total vacancies, 26 vacancies are reserved for Physically Handicapped Category. The 26 reserved seats are further divided for 12 vacancies for LDCP, 2 Vacancies for B/LV and 12 Vacancies for HI.


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