The Union Public Service Commission is India's Central Recruiting Agency. It is responsible for the appointments to and examinations for the All India Services and group A & group B of the Central Services. It is one of the most awaiting exams at the national level. The most prominent jobs include the IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, etc. UPSC not only recruits for the administrative services but also conducts examinations for several posts in the educational and health services. Every year UPSC releases its schedule for the examinations to be conducted in the upcoming year. The examination is divided into three phases the first one is the Preliminary Examination in which lakhs of students take part all around the nation, the second one is the written Mains examination and the third phase is the Personal Interview; all of which are mentioned elaborately in our UPSC section.
1. Preliminary Exam
2. Mains Exam
Acts as a screening process. It consists of two papers.
Paper 1:- 200 marks, 2 hrs,100 MCQs.(Objective).
Paper 2:- 200 marks,2hrs,100 MCQs (Objective )
Both the papers have 1/3rd negative marking.
Second paper is only qualifying, need to secure minimum 33% marks in second paper.
Merit list will be based on Paper 1- So paper 1 is most important for selection
One who qualifies Preliminary Examination has to go through Mains examination- which is a descriptive examination
Subjects of Mains Exam
7 papers- 250 marks each,3 hrs each(for calculating merit)
Paper 1:- Essay 2 essays-1000 words each
Paper 2:- General Studies I - History,Geography,Society
Paper 3:- General Studies II - Constitution,International Relations
Paper 4:- General Studies III - Economy,Science,Internal Security
Paper 5:- General Studies IV - Ethics
Optional Subject(There will be two papers of one subject .)
Paper 6:- (Optional Subject)-Paper I
Paper 7:- (Optional Subject)- Paper II
2 Qualifying papers (25% of 300 marks)
Paper 8 (Only Qualifying):- English
Paper 9 (Only Qualifying) : - Any language in 8th Schedul. eg. Hindi,Marathi etc
Once a person clears Mains Examination he/she has to appear for Personality test, i.e Personal Interview. It is of 275 marks.
Interview marks + Mains marks = Final Selection