UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2017

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern 2017UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2017 – Union Public Service Commission specifies exam pattern of UPSC Civil Services 2017 along with the recruitment examination notification. Candidates interetsed in appearing for the exam need to check here UPSC Civil Services 2017 exam pattern and syllabus for a better understanding of the paper pattern of the competitive examination. The UPSC CSE examination is administered in three stages namely Preliminary (Prelims), Mains and Interview. UPSC Civil Services aspirants can check here exam pattern and syllabus for each of the examination stage. In UPSC Prelims exam 2017, candiates will have to appear in two papers– General Studies (Paper I) and General Studies (Paper II), which carry 200 marks each. Those who qualify prelims exam of UPSC Civil Services exam 2017 will be allowed to appear in Mains exam of UPSC CSE. The UPSC Civil Services Mains paper will comprise as many as eight papers of which language papers will be of qualifying nature (600 marks) and the other seven papers to be counted for merit (1750 marks). Candidates can check more information on UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2017 including nature of questions, number of questions, marks, and marking scheme.

The Prelims round of UPSC Civil Services 2017 is a screening test held to shortlist candidates and that of Mains is of evaluative nature appeaed by the shortlisted candidates of prelims round. The candidates, who qualify in the UPSC Civil Servies Mains round, are summoned for personality development test and interview, after which the qualifying candidates are appointed in All India Services across the country.


UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus for Preliminary Exam 2017


Mode - The UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2017 will be administerd offline on June 18.


Number of Papers - UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2017 will have two papers. The Paper 1 will be General Studies I (GS I) comprising many sections including Economics, Geography, Political Science, and Science, and the Paper 2 is known as General Studies II (GS II) which will test the aptitude of UPSC IAS aspirants for Civil Services examination. The GS II paper is alos called as CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test).


Exam Duration - The candidates will be allowed to attempt each of the papers-General Studies I and General Studies II (Civil Services Aptitude Test/ CSAT) in a time duration of two hours each. Moreover, candidates will be given a three hours break in between each of the papers.


Number of Questions - Each of the papers will comprise 200 questions each.


Total Marks - The UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam will carry a total marks of 400, where each paper will have an equal share.


Marking Scheme - Union Public Service Commission follows a negative marking policy. Following the marking scheme of UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam 2017, candidates will be awarded 2 marks if attempting a question correctly and one-third of the marks allotted to the question will be deducted from the total scored marks, if the attempt for that question is wrong. Therefore, it means for every incorrect response 0.66 marks will be deducted from the total score. Moreover, no marks will be awarded for any question left un-attempted.


UPSC Civil Services Syllabus for Preliminary Exam 2017


Paper I – General Studies

  • 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 II – General Studies

  • 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) 

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus for Mains 2017


Paper A and Paper B of UPSC Civil Services Mains 2017 are qualifying in nature papers and the score secured in these papers is not considered while counting the candidates’ ranking. However, only those aspirants, who obtain at least 25 percent in Paper A and 25 percent in Paper B, will be taken into consideration while making of rank list on the basis of General Studies and Optional Subjects papers. Check below the details of the same.


Papers qualifying in nature:

  • 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)

Candidates appearing in the UPSC Civil Services 2017 Mains must check the deailed exam pattern & syllabus given below –


Papers qualifying in nature



Paper A: An Indian Language

300 Marks

Paper B: English

300 Marks

UPSC Civil Services Mains 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


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