UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 (Prelims & Mains) - Subject Wise Civil Service Paper Pattern
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 (Prelims & Mains) - Union Public Service Commission releases UPSC IAS 2020 exam pattern in the official notification. The exam pattern of IAS 2020 contains a number of marks and questions, test duration, and more. 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. UPSC IAS 2020 preliminary exam will be held on October 4, 2020 whereas the main exam date is January 8, 2021. Candidates who will clear the prelims exam will be called for mains exam followed by an interview. Go through the complete article to get detailed information on the UPSC IAS 2020 exam pattern
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UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 (Prelims & Mains)- Overview
Name of the exam
Civil Services Exam- IAS
Union Public Service Commission
Mode of Exam
Number of Stages
Number of papers
Prelims marking scheme
Paper 1: +2 marks
Paper 2: +2.5 marks
Negative marking: One-third of marks allotted to each question
Prelims: 2 hours (Each paper)
Mains: 3 hours (Each paper)
Type of questions
Prelims: Objective type
Mains: Subjective type
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 for Prelims
- IAS Prelims 2020 comprises two papers - general studies 1 and general studies 2.
- Both papers will have multiple-choice questions.
- 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.
- The marks scored by candidates in the prelims exam will not be considered for the final selection. Below is the UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020
IAS Prelims Exam Pattern 2020
Number of papers
Language of paper
Duration of exam
4 hours (2 hours each)
Number of questions
General studies paper 1: 100
400 (200 each)
IAS Prelims 2020 Marking Scheme
- 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 the penalty will be the same as mentioned for the wrong answer.
- There will be no penalty for questions left unattempted i.e no answer is given by the candidate.
- Candidates will have to score a minimum of 33 % to qualify paper 2.
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 for Mains
- 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 prelims exam will be called for mains exam.
- As per the exam pattern of UPSC IAS 2020, all the questions will be descriptive in nature. Candidates have to score at least 25% in all remaining papers.
- All the languages covered in the 8th Schedule of the constitution will be considered for language paper. Candidates can check the UPSC IAS main exam pattern 2020 from the table given below.
IAS Main Exam Pattern 2020
Number of papers
Language of paper
Descriptive paper: Candidates can appear for language paper in 22 languages mentioned in schedule 8 of Indian constitution
Duration of exam
3 hours each
Compulsory Indian language
Number of questions
Part A and B: 300 each
General studies and optional paper: 250 each
IAS Main 2020 Marking Scheme
- 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.
List of UPSC IAS optional subjects
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Commerce & Accountancy
Political Science & International Relations
UPSC IAS 2020 Interview Stage
The final stage of UPSC IAS Exam pattern is the 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.
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 the best books for IAS preparations from the table given below.
Best book for UPSC IAS prelims
Best book for UPSC IAS mains
History, Indian Heritage & Culture
Polity & International Relations
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 (Prelims & Mains) - Subject Wise Civil Service Paper Pattern
Question: How many stages are there in UPSC civil services selection process?
The selection of UPSC IAS will be based on the performance of candidate in three stages - prelims exam, mains exam and interview round.
Question: What if I missed my one exam in the IAS Mains stage?
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.
Question: How many papers are there in UPSC IAS Exam Pattern?
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.
Question: What are the total marks for UPSC IAS 2020?
The total marks considered for the final selection in UPSC Civil Services is 2025.
Question: How many option subject do I need to opt for IAS Exam?
Candidates need to choose one optional subject from a list of 25 provided by UPSC.
Question: Can Candidates use Calculators in UPSC IAS exam?
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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Questions related to UPSC Civil Services Exam
i am become IAS officer so what degree will complete plz give suggetion
To become an IAS Officer you need to be graduate from any recognized university, then you need it qualify UPSC exam (3 rounds)
Now coming to your question most of the aspirants prefer humanities degree courses over any other courses due to the fact that it help them a lot during the preparations. You can do B.A, B.A Political science, B.A History etc.
Choose the option which satisfies you best. Anyways, you can also choose any other stream in which you are interested such as CSE, IT, ECE etc.
After graduation i.e b.sc can I prepare for ias and then when I clear my ias then can prepare for mbbs. After that how can manage both?????
You want to take couple of detours. First after B.Sc, you want to appear for IAS. For that you should be appearing for UPSC.
UPSC is a 3 stage selection process involving Prelims, Mains and Interview which tests your personality test. Prelims has 2 Papers namely General Studies and CSAT.
General Studies has Current Events, History of India and Indian National Movement, Indian and World Geography, Indian Polity and Governance, Economic and Social Development, Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change and General Science.
CSAT has Comprehension, Interpersonal skills including communication skills, Logical Reasoning and Analytical ability, Decision making and problem solving, General Mental Ability, Basic numeracy and Data Interpretation.
You will need atleast to start preparing ahead of 1- 2 years. If you are preparing at home, you need to keep yourself away from distractions and focus on the goal ahead. Gather as much as information as you can on each topic and keep yourself updated. Practise mock test papers.
Indian Polity for Civil Services bby M. Laxmikanth
Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Gog Cheng Leong
Oxford School Atlas by Oxford Publishers
Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
Economic Survey by Ministry of Finance
India Year Book
A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir
Now let's say you also crack UPSC, if you want to study MBBS, you should appear for NEET. As of now, there is no upper age limit for NEET and so if you have secured a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, you are eligible for NEET. It is 50% for General Category, 45% for PWD and 40% for OBC,SC,ST. Now the upper age limit has been put on hold. And we do not know how long that might be the case. But if you crack UPSC and become an IAS officer, you cannot study MBBS and work at the same time. You have to go on a student break, complete your MBBS and then come back and join your duties.
to become a IAS what can do after 12sci
I appreciate your choice,
To become an IAS officer, you have complete your 12th class and after that you also have complete your graduation from any stream (science, commerce,arts) . Then you are eligible for UPSC exam (IAS,IPS,IFS, OTHER POSTS) .
In upsc exam 3 rounds are conducted :-
1. In first round prelim exam will conduct.
2. In second round main exam will conduct.
3. In third round interview exam will conduct.
. In prelim exam 2 papers will be given.
. In main exam 9 papers will be given.
. After clearing 2 rounds then you are selected for interview round.
Sir i alerdy taken bsc(p. c. m). Is it help for upsc exam particularly IAS and KAS exam.
You are eligible for UPSC exam even after pursuing graduation from any degree, graduation is the minimum requirement to sit for UPSC exam. However it is said that arts is the best stream for preparing UPSC but it isn't true anymore. Aspirants from science stream can do very well in civil services exam as well. You just need to divide your syllabus and prepare accordingly.
Also science can really help you in general knowledge questions consisting of basic chemistry and physics. Maths can also sharp your reasoning question answer skills. Choose subjects according to your stream for UPSC mains exam.
Hope you find it helpful. Thankyou!
is taking triple degree a good path for crack ing IAS
Yes, you can do triple degree before cracking IAS but remember that you can't do all 3 simultaneously as it's illegal in India but yes, as per new changes in education policy by UGC, you can pursue two degrees simultaneously.
For cracking IAS, your 3 degrees won't make much difference but your prepration will be very much important as cracking exam depends upon your level of preparation.
Don't compromise with your prepration due to tripple degree.
Also there's no benefit given to the triple degree holder candidate on single degree holder candidate, both will be treated equally.
I hope this information would be helpful for you.
All the very best for your bright career ahead.