The UPSC Mains Examination is intended to assess the academic skills of the candidates and their capability to state their knowledge in a precise and reasonable way. The mains examination is to analyze the general intellectual persona and profundity of understanding of candidates instead of their extent of information and memory.
Revised UPSC Exam Pattern 2015 and UPSC Syllabus: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has revised the pattern of Civil Services Main examination from 2015.Currently, there are 7 + 2 = 9 papers to be answered in the IAS mains examination. Each paper is of descriptive type. There are two qualifying papers 1) any modern Indian language 2) English and are of 300 marks each. Anyhow, these marks are not counted in the main examination. The candidate can choose any one language from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium of writing the examination.
According to the new UPSC exam pattern, there are ‘Four General Studies Papers’ each of 250 Marks with a total of 1000 Marks. The mains syllabus of General Studies is of degree level. Candidates can choose only one optional subject from the list of subjects given below. Each optional subject comprises of two papers (Paper I and Paper II) each of 250 marks, making it a total of 500 marks. Candidates can also take literature subjects as an optional paper (without the condition that the candidate should be a graduate in language’s literature). Candidates can also take literature subjects as an optional paper (without the condition that the candidate should be a graduate in language’s literature).
The UPSC mains syllabus for optional papers is higher than the bachelor’s degree and lower than the master’s level. Here is a list of subjects for IAS/UPSC exams as per the UPSC Syllabus:
|UPSC Syllabus (Mains) for IAS Exam: General Studies Paper (I, II, III, & IV)|
|Optional Literature Subjects|