On 10th January 2021, UPSC Conducted General Studies 3 and General Studies 4 Paper for Civil Services Mains Examination 2020. 

Total Marks 250 each for GS 3 and GS 4 

Total Duration: 3 Hours each. 

  • The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory. 
  • The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper III to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. 
  • The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. 
  • The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyse, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates  are expected to give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

GS 4 Paper Comprises of following sections: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude


Analysis of GS 4  Paper: 

  • Overall the paper was on expected lines but a little tougher. Lately UPSC has been making the GS 4 paper a little bit trickier but still if you put in the hard work required GS 4 remains one of those portions where you can score a lot and it can go a long way in determining your rank. 
  • The paper was quite lengthy. Hence put some hours in doing writing practice too along with your study hours.
  • The coverage was comprehensive spanning across the syllabus covering questions from almost every section of GS 4  syllabus.


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