UPSC Mains is the next Stage of Civil Service Examination Following IAS Prelims. It's a written exam consisting of 9 papers including the optional subject. Out of the 9, the overall marks of seven papers i.e. is 1750 is considered for the final merit list. The language and English papers are qualifying in nature.

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Here are the details of 9 papers along with their maximum marks.
Paper. Subject. Mark
Paper A Indian languages (candidates should be select one of the Indian language listed in the Eighth schedule of Indian Constitution). (Qualifying) 300
Paper B English (Qualifying) 300
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, History  and Geography of India and the World) 250
Paper III General Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice and International relations)management) 250
Paper IV General Studies III (Technology, Economic Development, bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster management) 250
Paper V General Studies IV (ethics, integrity and aptitude) 250
Paper VI and VII Two papers on optional. Candidate should be opted subject from the list provided by UPSC. 500
Total Marks (excluding Language papers) 1750
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