UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2019

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2019 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) prescribes the exam pattern and syllabus of UPSC Civil Services 2019 along with the notification. UPSC Civil Services exam is conducted in three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview. UPSC Civil Services Prelims comprises two papers from General Studies of 200 marks each. On the basis of performance in the Prelims stage, candidates will be shortlisted for Mains exam. UPSC Civil Services Mains exam consists of nine papers of which Paper A and B are qualifying in nature. Marks obtained in the remaining seven papers and Interview will be calculated while preparing the merit list. UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2019 contains information including the total number of papers, sections, topics, units, duration and marking scheme of the exam.

 

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern 2019 for Prelims

 

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Prelims exam is qualifying in nature and marks obtained in this stage will not be considered while preparing the merit list. The exam comprises two papers – General Studies 1 and General Studies 2. Both the papers will contain only objective type questions. The Commission has prescribed the minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies 2. Prelims exam is conducted to select candidates for Mains and Interview. The exam pattern of UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam has been provided below.

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Exam Pattern for Prelims

Name of paper

Number of Questions

Total marks

Duration

General Studies 1

200

200

2 hours

General Studies 2

200

200

2 hours

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern 2019 for Mains and Interview

 

The Mains exam will consist of a written exam and interview. The written test will contain nine papers and questions asked in the exam will be conventional type questions. As per the exam pattern of UPSC Civil Services 2019, Paper A and B are qualifying in nature. Merit list of candidates will be prepared on the basis of marks secured in the seven compulsory papers and Interview. The exam pattern of UPSC Civil Services 2019 has been given below.

 

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern 2019 – Mains and Interview

Papers

Name of paper

Number of Questions

Total marks

Duration

Paper A

Indian Language

300

300

3 hours

Paper B

English

300

300

3 hours

Paper 1

Essay

250

250

3 hours

Paper 2

General Studies 1

250

250

3 hours

Paper 3

General Studies 2

250

250

3 hours

Paper 4

General Studies 3

250

250

3 hours

Paper 5

General Studies 4

250

250

3 hours

Paper 6

Optional subject

250

250

3 hours

Paper 7

250

250

3 hours

Total

 

1750

 

 

Personality Test

275

275

3 hours

Grand Total

 

2025

 

UPSC Civil Services 2019 – Marking scheme

 

As per UPSC Civil Services exam pattern, one mark will be awarded to candidates for each correct response. One-third of the marks allotted for each question will be deducted for every incorrect answer marked by candidates in the exam. However, no marks will be deducted if a question is left unattempted by candidates.

 

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Syllabus

 

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) prescibes the syllabus of UPSC Civil Services 2019. The syllabus provides the list of subjects, sections, topics and units required for the exam. With the help of UPSC Civil Services syllabus, candidates can plan their preparation for the exam well in advance. Using UPSC Civil Services 2019 syllabus, candidates will also be able to identify their weaker areas and work on them for improvement. The syllabus of UPSC Civil Services 2019 has been provided in the table below.

Part A - Prelims

Papers

Topics

Paper 1

General Studies 1

Current events of national and international importance

History of India and Indian National Movement

Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization

General Science

Paper 2

General Studies 2

Comprehension

Interpersonal skills including communication skills

Logical reasoning and analytical ability

Decision making and problem solving

General mental ability

Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level

Part B - Mains

Papers

Name of paper

Paper A

 

Indian Language

Paper B

 

English

Paper 1

 

Essay

Paper 2

General Studies 1

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

Paper 3

General Studies 2

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

Paper 4

General Studies 3

Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

Paper 5

General Studies 4

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Paper 6

Optional Subject

 

Paper 7

 

 

UPSC Civil Services 2019 syllabus for Interview

 

In the Personality Test/ Interview, candidates will be asked questions pertaining to matters of general interest. The aim of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of candidates for a career in public service and evaluate their mental capability. Through the interview, the Commission will also determine candidates’ social traits. The Interview, therefore, will test candidates’ mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

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