UPSC CSE 2022 Exam Pattern
A. PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION :
The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.
(i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of
two hours duration.
(ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper
with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
(iv) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.
B. MAIN EXAMINATION :
The Written Examination will consist of the following papers:—
Qualifying Papers :
Paper-A : One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the
Eighth Schedule to the Constitution (300 Marks)
Paper-B : English – 300 Marks
Papers to be counted for merit :
Essay (250 Marks)
General Studies-I : Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society (250 Marks)
General Studies -II : Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations (250 Marks)
General Studies -III : Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management (250 Marks)
General Studies -IV : Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude (250 Marks)
Optional Subject : Paper 1 (250 Marks)
Optional Subject : Paper 2 (250 Marks)
Sub Total (Written test) = 1750 Marks
Personality Test = 275 Marks
Grand Total = 2025 Marks
1. The papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
2. Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates
would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and
‘English’ but the papers on Éssay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be
taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language’ and 25% in English as minimum qualifying
standards in these qualifying papers.
3. The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the
States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.
4. The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for Candidates belonging to
Persons with Benchmark Disability (only Hearing Impairment sub-category) provided that they have been
granted such exemption from 2nd or 3rd language courses by the concerned education Board/University.
The candidate needs to provide an undertaking/self declaration in this regard in order to claim such an
exemption to the Commission.
5. Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However,
the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.
List of optional subjects for Main Examination :
(ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
(vi) Civil Engineering
(vii) Commerce and Accountancy
(ix) Electrical Engineering
(xvi) Mechanical Engineering
(xvii) Medical Science
(xx) Political Science and International Relations
(xxii) Public Administration
(xxvi) Literature of any one of the following languages:
Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam,
Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.
(i) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
(ii) Each paper will be of three hours duration.
(iii) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language
Papers, Paper-A and Paper-B, in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the
Constitution of India or in English. Notwithstanding this, the Candidate will have the choice to write the
Optional Papers in English also if candidates opt to write Paper I-V except the Qualifying Language
Papers, Paper-A and Paper-B, in any one of the language included in the Eighth Schedule to the
Constitution of India.
(iv) Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the languages included in the
Eight Schedule to the Constitution of India mentioned above may, if they so desire, give English version
within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the
language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction 26
Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.
will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases; their
script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.
(v) Candidates should note that if any irrelevant matter/signages/marks etc. are found written in the
answer script(s), which would not be related to any question/answer and/or would be having the potential
to disclose the candidate’s identity, the Commission will impose a penalty of deduction of marks from the
total marks otherwise accruing to the candidate or will not evaluate the said script(s) on this account.
(vi) The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English
Personality Test/ Interview : The maximum marks for interview is 275 marks. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of his/ her career. The object of the Interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the Service. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his/ her subjects of academic study but also in events which are happening around him/ her both within and outside his/ her own state or country, as well as in modem currents of thoughts and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.