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Faiz shaikh
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Answered   Wednesday 30th January 2019  


As you desire to become IAS, you need to appear in Civil Services Examination conducted every year by UPSC.

It is a 2-stage exam-plan

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination (Written + Interview)

Preliminary Examination is an objective-type test based timed test based on multiple choice questions.

It consists of two compulsory papers

  1. General Studies Paper I
  2. General Studies Paper II

General Studies Paper I decides your result as General Studies Paper II is qualifying.

It is a screening test and after cracking Prelims, you get eligible to appear in Main Examination Written.


Main Examination consists of total 9 papers

2 Qualifying Papers

  1. Indian Language
  2. English

7 Question papers that are counted for merit.

Paper 1 Essay                              250 Marks

Paper 2 General Studies I             250 Marks

Paper 3 General Studies II            250 Marks

Paper 4 General Studies III           250 Marks

Paper 5 General Studies IV           250 Marks

Paper 6 Optional Subject I            250 Marks

Paper 7 Optional Subject II           250 Marks                                     

Candidates who clear Main Examination are called for Personality Test (Interview)

Interview carry 275 marks.

Marks obtained by candidate in Main Examination (Written) as well as Interview determine their final outcome.

(Out of Total 2025 Marks)

Scheme for the Civil Services (Main) Examinations 

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