UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 - Union Public Service Commission releases UPSC IAS 2020 exam pattern in the official notification. The detailed exam pattern of UPSC IAS 2020 with a number and type of questions is provided in the article given below. UPSC IAS exam pattern 2020 for prelims comprises two papers from General Studies of 200 marks each. On the basis of performance in the prelims stage of UPSC IAS, candidates will be shortlisted for the Mains exam. UPSC IAS 2020 exam pattern for mains 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 considered for the final selection of UPSC IAS 2020. Go through the complete article to get detailed information on the UPSC IAS exam pattern 2020.The written exam of UPSC IAS 2020 is slated to be held on May 31, 2020 in pen and paper mode. Candidates can download admit card of UPSC IAS two weeks before the commencement of the exam. Candidates who will clear the prelims exam were called for mains exam followed by an interview.
The selection of candidates will be done on the basis of three stages.
Name of the exam
Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Exam
Mode of Exam
Number of Stages
Prelims examMains examInterview
Number of papers
Prelims: 2Mains: 9
Prelims: 2 hours (Each paper)
Mains: 3 hours (Each paper)
Type of questions
Prelims: Objective type
Mains: Subjective type
The preliminary stage of UPSC IAS comprises two papers - general studies 1 and general studies 2. Both the papers will have multiple choice questions and will be conducted on the same day. Each question will carry two marks in prelims exam while each question in paper 2 will carry 2.5 marks. The prelims stage is qualifying in nature and qualified candidates from prelims exam will be called for mains examination. The marks scored by candidates in the prelims exam will not be considered for the final selection. Candidates can check UPSC IAS 2020 exam pattern from table below.
Language of paper
Duration of exam
4 hours (2 hours each)
Number of questions
General studies paper 1: 100General studies paper 2: 80
400 (200 each)
Each question in prelims exam paper 1 carries 2 marks while in paper 2 each paper carries 2.5 marks..
For each wrong answer there one-third marks will be deducted as penalty.
In case candidate gives more than one answer then penalty will be same as mentioned for the wrong answer.
There will be no penalty for questions left unattempted i.e no answer is given by candidate.
Candidates will have to score a minimum of 33 % to qualify paper 2.
The exam pattern for UPSC IAS 2020 mains comprises 9 papers. Candidates who will score at least cut off marks in general studies paper 1 and 33% in general studies paper 2 in preliminary examination will be called for mains examination. As per the exam pattern of UPSC IAS 2020, all the questions will be descriptive in nature. Paper A and paper B are qualifying in nature and candidates have to score at least 25% in all remaining papers. Paper A is not compulsory for candidates belonging to Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim. Also, paper A is not compulsory for candidates with hearing impairment. All the languages covered in the 8th Schedule of the constitution will be considered for language paper. Candidates can check the UPSC IAS mains exam pattern from the table given below.
Descriptive paper: Candidates can appear for language paper in 22 languages mentioned in schedule 8 of Indian constitution
3 hours each
Compulsory Indian languageEnglishEssayGeneral Studies IGeneral Studies IIGeneral Studies IIIGeneral Studies IVOptional IOptional II
Part A and B: 300 each
General studies and optional paper: 250 each
Mains exam will carry a total of 1750 marks.
Each question will carry 2.5 marks in objective type paper.
Each subjective paper in mains exam carries 300 marks.
Candidates can choose two optional papers on which they will be questioned.
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Commerce & Accountancy
Political Science & International Relations
The final stage of UPSC IAS Exam pattern is interview round which is also called personality test. Interview will be of around one hour and total marks allotted to the interview stage is 275, and the total marks considered for the final merit list will be 2025 marks. While preparing for the interview candidates have to work on their optional subjects and read newspaper regularly.
Union Public Service Commission prescribes the official UPSC IAS syllabus 2020 in the official notification. Candidates can check UPSC IAS 2020 syllabus for history, geography, general science and others from the official notification. Candidates preparing for UPSC civil services can go through the important concepts and topics through the UPSC IAS syllabus 2020. With the help of syllabus students appearing for UPSC IAS can plan their studies and focus on topics that will require more time and concepts which can be mastered easily.
It is very important to select the right book and study material for UPSC IAS preparations. There are variety of books available in the market for preparation. Candidates can find best books for IAS preparations from the table given below.
Best book for UPSC IAS prelims
Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
NCERT VI to XII
India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
CSAT II – Arihant
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal
Best book for UPSC IAS mains
Geography of India by Majid Husain
World Geography by Majid Husain
Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
History, Indian Heritage & Culture
An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1: Textbook in Fine Arts for Class XI
India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
Ancient India by R.S Sharma
Polity & International Relations
Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary
Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
The selection of UPSC IAS will be based on the performance of candidate in three stages - prelims exam, mains exam and interview round.
If any candidate misses one exam in mains stage then UPSC will not consider you for the final selection. It is compulsory to attempt all papers and make it to the cutoffs for the final selection.
The prelims of UPSC Civil Services comprise two papers which are qualifying in nature. In mains, examination candidates need to clear 9 papers followed by an interview round.
The total marks considered for the final selection in UPSC Civil Services is 2025.
Candidates need to choose one optional subject from a list of 25 provided by UPSC.
UPSC doesn’t allow to use calculators in prelims exam. However, candidates can make use of scientific calculators in mains exam for calculation purpose.
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4. Vision IAS
First let's see the basic difference between BSc. LLB and B.A. LLB. Both of them are integrated courses and the general duration for these courses across the universities and colleges on India is of 5 years as they are an integration of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts respectively and with that the subject matter of law is also imparted to the candidates. The subjects for the law remain the same but in BA LLB, arts, humanities and social sciences subjects were also integrated. In BSc LLB, Physics, Chemistry etc. such subjects are integrated. One major problematic aspect of this is that only B.Sc. LLB can only be pursued by those students who have studied science in 10+2 as their main subject. Owing to this, if you are a science student and you wish to apply for this, the option is available but otherwise it is not so that naturally pitches BSc LLB out of the picture.
Subjects like History, Geography, Polity, Public Administration, Economics, Ecology, Environment, Science & Tech, Philosophy and Psychology are a part of General Studies paper which are all humanities subjects. So it will give you a upper hand in the paper and you would not have to utilise your time in understanding the subject later. So BA LLB works for people from any academic background and also aids the subjects that are to be studies in IAS.
Though this doesn't mean the BSc. LLB is not a good option as it can also aid you in your optional subject. Nevertheless, Take something which interests you more and fits your understanding of the same.
Hope this helps. All the best!
First of all, you need to obtain adequate qualification for IAS. Basically any graduate can apply for this test. Candidates must have completed 21 years to apply. After graduation, you can apply for the selection test through the portal of UPSC. UPSC portal contain adequate information on selection test (CSAT and mains).
For this exam Number of Attempts:
four attempts for General
seven attempts for OBC
No limit for SC/ST
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