UPSC Civils Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2021

UPSC Civils Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2021: Civil Services Examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Civils Exam is a prestigious exam in India. Every year around 5 lakh aspirants test their knowledge by applying for the civils exam.

Important Dates:

EventDate/Month of Release
Notification Release Date10th February 2021
Last Date for Submission of Application3rd March 2021
Hall Tickets Release Date8th June 2021 (Tentative)
Prelims Exam

(Objective Type)

10th October 2021 (Sunday)
Prelims Exam Result
Mains Exam Admit Card Release Date
Mains Examination (Descriptive Type)January 2022
Mains Exam Result
Final Interview
Final Result

UPSC Civils Exam Pattern 2021:

Below we are helping you get the latest exam pattern for the UPSC civils examination 2021.

UPSC has released the Exam Schedule for the upcoming Civils Exam to be held in the year 2021. The below table gives you clear information on the Exam Schedule.

The selection process is carried out in 3 stages

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Mains Examination
  3. Interview (Personality Test)

Prelims Exam Pattern:

  • All are objective type questions
  • Contains 2 papers, General Studies Paper 1 & General Studies Paper 2
  • Each paper carries 200 marks
  • So the prelims exam is conducted for 400 marks
  • Questions are set in Hindi and English

Mains Exam Pattern:

  • Mains Exam pattern is different from the prelims exam
  • All are descriptive type questions
  • Mains exam has a total of 9 papers and carries 1750 marks

The below table shows you the paper-wise marks in main exam

Type of PaperSubjectMarks
Paper AOne of the Indian languages chosen by the candidate (Qualifying)300
Paper BEnglish Language(Qualifying)300
Paper 1Essay250
Paper 2General Studies I250
Paper 3General Studies II250
Paper 4General Studies III250
Paper 5General Studies IV250
Paper 6Optional Subject selected by the candidate250
Paper 7Optional Subject selected by the candidate250
Total (Mains Examination)1750

Interview (Personality Test):

  • Personal Interview is conducted for 275 marks
  • The aim of this round is to test the candidate‚Äôs skills towards the administrative service

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FAQ on UPSC Civils Exam Pattern

Q1: When will UPSC release the notification for UPSC Civils 2021?

Ans: The exam schedule for the year 2021 was released on the 10th of February 2021. The prelims exam for this year is scheduled to be conducted on 10th October 2021.

Q2: How many marks does the prelims paper contain?

Ans: The Preliminary examination is conducted for 200 marks. All the questions are of objective type.

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