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UPSC Civil Services: Here’s everything you need to know about UPSC Mains Paper

The UPSC or Union Public Service Commission is a central agency approved by the government of India for conducting several highly prestigious exams like CDS (Combined Defense Services), SCRA (Special Class Railway Apprentice), ESE (Engineering Services Examination), NA (Naval Academy Exam), CSE (Civil Services Examination), IFS (Indian Forest Services), NDA (National Defense Academy), IES (Indian Economic Services), and CMSE (Combined Medical Services Examination).

UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in 3 Stages i.e. Preliminary, Mains and the Final Interview.

The Preliminary exam is an objective test and to qualify for the main exam, the candidates have to score above the cutoff marks in Paper 1 (General Studies) along with 33% of marks in CSAT. The candidates qualifying the mains exam will appear for the final interview. The candidates clearing all the 3 levels of the exam are offered services on the basis of their ranks in the final rank list.

The UPSC admit card has been released for civil services main exam 2017 on its official website. The main examination will be held from October 28, 2017.

There are total 9 papers in UPSC Civil Services Main exam:

Language papers (600 Marks): There are two language papers (300 Marks each) in UPSC Civil Services Main Examination (Qualifying Paper) and the marks scored in both the papers will not be included in calculating the final scores of the candidate. A minimum of 25 percentage of marks is required to qualify in the language papers.

Essay paper (250 Marks): This paper is divided into 2 Sections (125 marks each). The candidate has to write an Essay on any 1 of the topics out of 4 given topics from each section. The Essay must be written within a word limit of about 1000 to 1200 words.

General Studies (GS) Paper 1 (250 Marks): The paper contains questions from the topics related to the Modern Indian history, Indian culture, Geography of the world & Society, and the Ancient Indian history.

General Studies (GS) Paper 2 (250 Marks): The paper contains questions from the topics related to the Social justice, International relations, Constitution & Governance and Polity. The paper is designed to test the candidate's knowledge about current affairs and in order to score better marks you have to keep yourself updated with the current happenings across the globe.

General Studies (GS) Paper 3: The paper contains questions from Science & Technology, Disaster Management, Security, Environment Economy etc.

General Studies (GS) Paper 4 (250 Marks): The Paper contains questions related to Integrity, Aptitude, and Ethics. The paper is designed to test the candidate's approach towards solving various issues in the society & ethical dilemmas attached to it.

By going through newspapers or magazines regularly will keep you updated with the knowledge on topics important for the UPSC preparation like current affairs, economics and so on.

Optional Paper (500 Marks): The candidates must select any 1 optional subject or any regional language paper from the list of subjects provided by the UPSC. It is divided into 2 papers (250 marks each). The optional subject must be chosen very carefully as it constitutes a major chunk of your mains marks and could decide your rank in the final rank list.

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