The Nature of UPSC Exam

UPSC (Union Public Service commission) holds civil services, IAS exam every year. The exam pattern mainly involves three stages: The prelims stage, the Mains Exam and the personality interview. All the three stages are carried out by UPSC.

Three Stages of IAS Exam


     The Prelims Stage     The Mains Examination      The Personality Interview


First stage of IAS Exam Pattern

The preliminary is the initial level of the civil service exam. It’s generally conducted around second or third Sunday of May every year. While, around one and a half lac of population, hoping to be an IAS takes part in the examination, a few of them are able to crack it. The prelims include two papers carrying two hundred marks. This paper is expected to cover the questions about GK, economics, history, Geography, political science, etc. Prelims results are announced during the second week of August positively and the passing students get eligible to appear in the second level of the examination.

Second stage of IAS examination

The second level of the examination is named as the Mains exam. This examination consists of 2000 marks. The candidate must bear in mind that the score of the first and second level of examination is not considered for the final merit list. The candidates are supposed to pick out any two optional papers for Civil Services Mains, whereas GS and Essay are general for all the candidates. Besides, one Indian language paper, English is also compulsory for the candidates.

However, the scores are not taken into account for merit determination.

Third stage of IAS examination

The third stage of IAS examination is the personality Interview round. Only the candidates who score well and pass the MAINS examination are eligible to appear in the final stage of the IAS Examination. A board of experts sits in the Union Public Service commission headquarters placed on Shahjahan Road, New Delhi. Generally, very few of the candidates are given a final call for this final stage. The personality interviews start almost in the last week of March and continue till the initial week of May.

The results for the same are out, when the next year exams of IAS are about to start, i.e. a few days before the preliminary examination. Thus, the whole procedure takes around a year.