IAS Main Exam

Main Examination is the second stage of Civil Services Examination and those candidates who qualify Preliminary Examination, get eligibility to appear at this stage.

It consists of total 9 Question Papers; 2 Qualifying papers and 7 Papers on which the evaluation is done.

To know more about each paper, please click on the following links:

Qualifying Papers On Indian Languages And English

Essay Paper

General Studies Main Exam

Optional Subject for Main Examination

Qualifying Papers On Indian Languages And English

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  These two Qualifying papers are back after some amendments as notified by UPSC on 26th March 2013. The syllabus for English and Indian Language is as follows:
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

What is the correct strategy to prepare General Studies ?

On Sunday 22nd April 2018  

Preparation for Civil Services Examination revolves around General Studies; be it Preliminary Examination or Main, General Studies importance can't be ignored.

As such, UPSC is in inventive mode and it is clearly visible in the quality of questions being asked in the examination.

While preparing for General Studies, the coverage of contemporary issues has made newspaper reading a must. Be it Prelims or Main examination, you cannot undermine the value of current events and contemporary developments.

Last Update Monday 23rd April 2018

Can we have a single source with which General Studies preparation can be done?

On Saturday 18th January 2014  

When candidates commence preparation, the first question that strikes their mind is about the books and study-material and the search begins for a single source for preparation that can serve the purpose.

Last Update Tuesday 5th July 2016

General Studies Preparation: Your observation, analyzing and interpretation skills are at test

On Tuesday 17th March 2015  

No doubt right now your eyes should be glued to Preliminary Examination but looking beyond immediate objectives, the right step is to look at Mains cum Prelims preparation.

Last Update Monday 4th July 2016

Understand the value of all Papers of General Studies

On Thursday 28th November 2013  In the new-format for Main Examination with the changes in domain of General Studies, it gets the might it deserved. While framing the new syllabus, UPSC has gone a step ahead and come out with highly structured syllabus defining it in detail. Some of the topics in General Studies syllabus are new; but, major portion is facets that are newly re-defined. Yes, GS Paper IV is new addition.
Last Update Sunday 29th December 2013

General Studies has got the maximum influence!

On Thursday 7th March 2013  With 4 papers and 1000 marks assigned to General Studies in new format of Civil Services (Main) Examination, it has the maximum weightage in total written examination marks.
Last Update Thursday 7th March 2013

Civil Services Exam favours Humanities background candidates but Science background candidate’s success-rate is higher, why?

On Sunday 22nd April 2018  

Science, Medical or Engineering background candidates although have very good success-rate but, majority of them achieve success by picking Humanities subjects as optional.

Last Update Wednesday 14th August 2019

Performance of optional subjects in CSE 2017 - An observation

On Saturday 5th May 2018  

With the Civil Services Examination 2017 results, Cut-off and marks details, aspirants’ curiosity converge at the Optional Subject that helped these candidates in accomplishment.

Picking only ‘ONE’ optional subject is a major decision, the result of that reflects clearly in your final results.

With no official data to back this observation at this moment of time, still candidates talk and sometimes make their choices looking at the current trends.

Last Update Saturday 22nd June 2019

Optional Subject Performance in Civil Services Exam 2018 - An Observation

On Sunday 26th May 2019  

In the whole set-up, one thing that is exceptionally crucial in any candidate’s Civil Services Exam result is overall performance and marks secured in Optional Subject is one of the most significant one that impacts the fortunes.

Looking at the successful candidates in Civil Services Examination 2018, Cut-off and marks details gives lots of insights and identifies the areas that helped in success.

When it comes to future aspirants, inquisitiveness about performance of optional subject is top of mind and many a time, the current trends helps them decide the most suitable optional subject for themselves.

It is just an overview and not authentic figures; the observations are based on information gathered from successful candidates and associates from teaching fraternity.

Last Update Sunday 26th May 2019

Should you overlook Optional subject preparation?

On Monday 9th December 2013  Although, the pattern for Main Examination has changed but, optional subject still has important role to play. Now, Main Examination 2013 has been conducted with new format, again Optional Subject's significance is being felt and it would come back on radar of the serious candidates.
Last Update Wednesday 1st January 2014


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