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UPSC Exam Pattern 2016 Exam Scheme for Preliminary/Mains

UPSC Exam Pattern 2016

Union Public Service Commission has organized the different civil service exams every year. Organization conducts following exams like IAS, CDS, NDA, Civil Services, SCRA and IES. Applicants those are willing to prepare for the UPSC 2016 Exams must check the complete details about UPSC Exam Pattern 2016. As we know that exam scheme is must for all appearing applicants if they want to qualify the Preliminary and Mains Exam followed by the Interview. We the team of www.govtjobsx.in has displayed the entire details regarding the UPSC Exam Pattern 2016 for Preliminary and Mains Exam. Please have a look in the details very carefully.

UPSC Exam Pattern

UPSC Exam Pattern 2016

UPSC Civil Services Exam is divide din “TWO” parts that is Prelims and Mains followed by the interview.

Procedure of Selection:

Applicants will be selected for the post on the basis of the following tests:

  1. Preliminary exam.
  2. Mains exam.
  3. Interview.

Complete details about Preliminary and Main Examinations:

This section consist two papers:

  1. General Studies.
  2. General Ability/Aptitude.

UPSC Exam Pattern for Preliminary Exam:

  1. In prelim exam there are “Two” mandatory papers.
  2. Exam of Civil Services Prelims is 200 marks.

Important Points:

Both Question Paper Format Objective type (multiple choice questions).
Exam Duration Two Hours each.
Question Paper Languages Will be set both in Hindi and English.
Topics Asked In Paper Related to English Language Comprehension skills would be provided only in English.
Time Relaxation For Blind Applicants Allowed 20 minutes extra of time   at each paper.

UPSC Exam Pattern for Main Exam:

Main written exam covers following papers:


Section 1 Essay 200 Marks.
Section 2 English Comprehension & English Précis.
Maximum Marks 100 Marks (The level of paper would be on Class 10th level.


General Studies I Maximum Marks 250 (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society).


General Studies II Maximum Marks 250 (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations).


General Studies III Maximum Marks 250 (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management).


General Studies IV Maximum Marks 250 (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude).


Optional Subject – Paper 1 Maximum Marks 250.


Optional Subject – Paper 2  Maximum Marks 250.

Total Marks

Maximum marks for written test 1800 Marks.
Maximum marks for Personality Test (Interview) 275 Marks.
Grand Total 2075 Marks.

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims and Main Exam:


1 Current Event of National and International importance.
2 History of India and Indian National Movement.
3 Indian and world Geography.
4 Indian polity and  Governance.
5 Economic and social Development.
6 General Science.


1 Comprehension.
2 Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
3 Logical Reasoning and analytical ability.
4 Decision making and problem solving.
5 General Mental Ability.
6 English Language comprehension skills.

Main Examination Optional Subject Syllabus:

1 Agriculture.
2 Botany.
3 Chemistry.
4 Civil Engineering.
5 Commerce and Accountancy.
6 Economics.
7 Electrical Engineering.
8 Geography.
9 Geology.
10 History.
11 Law.
12 Mathematics.
13 Mechanical Engineering.
14 Medical Science.
15 Philosophy.
16 Physics.
17 Political Science and international Relations.
18 Public Administration.
19 Statics.
20 Sociology.


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