upsc ias exam pattern

As you all know that UPSC will held IAS exam on 7th Aug, 2016. We are giving here the complete exam pattern with latest updates up to 2016. So without any further interruption, we give you an encompassing idea about the IAS Exam Pattern and its selection process.

The UPSC IAS Examination will consist of two successive stages (vide Appendix I Section-I)

  • Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and
  • Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts noted above.

The preliminary exam will be held on 7th Aug, 2016. The Main Examination is likely to be held in December, 2016.

UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam 2016

To begin with all candidates are first required to sit for Preliminary exam, which is a one day exam consisting of objective-types questions and carrying 400 marks.

There are two papers, each carrying 200 marks and candidates would be answer both the papers. The marks obtained in this exam will ascertain whether a candidate has qualified for the next round or not.

  • General Ability Test – 200 Marks
  • English Language & Aptitude – 200 Marks

UPSC IAS Main Exam 2016

After the preliminary exam is over and a candidate has been selected, it is time for the main exam or the written exam. The written exam consists of 7 papers and is hosted over a period of 5 days. The break-up of main examination is given below:

upsc ias exam pattern 2016

After clearing this level, the candidates would be required to go through one last barrier which is the Personal Interview round. This round carries 275 marks and the accumulated score of Main Examination and Personal Interview is taken together for selecting a candidate.

To sum up, the exam pattern for UPSC IAS Exam 2016 is:

Exam Total Marks Consideration
Preliminary Exam 400 For screening only
Main Examination 1750 For Final Selection
Personal Interview 275 For Final Selection

Thus, we find that the UPSC IAS Exam is an encompassing exam which test the potential of a candidate in various circumstances and is designed to handpick only the best in the nation. After having looked at the exam pattern, candidates can also take a look at the type of papers which have been put up infront of the candidates and the process of online application.

Appearing for exams like UPSC IAS required patience and potential to outperform about 98% of the participating candidates. Some of the best IAS Officiers in India have not come from big cities or from a wealthy family, they came from a simple family, but with a big dream and extraordinary talent to work hard for their dreams. As an aspirant of UPSC IAS 2016, do you have that potential in you?  If yes, then start working on it right from today!