UPSC Mains 2019


The Notification for UPSC Civil Services 2019 is due to be published in February 2019. The UPSC Prelims is combined for the Civil Services and the Indian Forest Services. The UPSC Mains 2019 Examination will be conducted for the candidates who are successful in the Prelims exam. The IAS Mains is tentatively scheduled for the month of September 2019. The UPSC Mains examination is usually conducted over a period of five days. The following information will be useful during preparation of UPSC Civil Services Examination 2019.

Important Dates for UPSC Notification on IAS Mains 2019

The following are the important dates to be kept in mind while applying for the Civil Services Exam for 2019:

  • Notification Date for Civil Services (prelims) and IFoS (Prelims) 2019: 19 February 2019
  • Receipt of applications(Last Date): 18 March 2019
  • Date of Preliminary Examination: 02 June 2019
  • Date of Release of Prelims Result: To Be Declared
  • Last Date for Filling Detailed Application Form: To be Declared
  • Date of Mains Examination: 20 September 2019

The Civil Services Mains Examination is an exhaustive examination which covers a vast syllabus. The scheme of examination for Mains 2019 is 9 papers conducted over a period of 5 days. The Papers are the following:

  • English
  • Indian Language
  • Essay
  • General Studies I
  • General Studies II
  • General Studies III
  • General Studies IV
  • Optional Paper I
  • Optional paper II

Out of these 9 papers candidates need to score at least 25% in English and Indian Language papers for their marks in other papers to be considered for ranking. The marks secured in the rest of the Mains Papers are accumulated and considered for merit ranking.

Pattern of Examination and Syllabus for Civil Services Mains 2019

The UPSC Mains exam pattern consists of 9 papers conducted over a period of 5 days. Only those candidates who secure at least the declared cut off in General Studies I and 33% in General Studies II in Prelims will be allowed to appear for the Mains Examination. All of the papers consist of descriptive answer type questions. The details of UPSC Mains Exam are given below:




Total marks

Paper A

Compulsory Indian language

3 hours


Paper B


3 hours


Paper I


3 hours


Paper II

General Studies I

3 hours


Paper III

General Studies II

3 hours


Paper IV

General Studies III

3 hours


Paper V

General Studies IV

3 hours


Paper VI

Optional I

3 hours


Paper VII

Optional II

3 hours


All of the mains papers except for the language papers A and B are of a merit ranking nature. Paper A and B are of a qualifying nature and candidates must score at least 25% in each for the marks from their Paper I – Paper VII to be given weightage. Paper A is not compulsory for candidates from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim as well as candidates with hearing impairment provided they can prove that they have been exempted from such 2nd or 3rd language courses by their concerned board or university. The Indian Language paper covers any of the languages included in the 8th Schedule of the constitution.

The subjects which are covered by the General Studies Papers in Mains Exam are:

General Studies I

General Studies II

General Studies III

General Studies IV

Indian Heritage and Culture




History and Geography of the World


Economic Development






Social Justice


International relations

Security and Disaster Management

The Optional subject for Paper VI and VII of the mains examination has to be any one of the subjects from the following list:


Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science




Civil Engineering

Commerce and Accountancy


Electrical Engineering







Mechanical Engineering

Medical Science



Political Science and International Relations


Public Administration




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.

All the papers except the Language papers A and B can be answered in English or any of the languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. The optional papers can be answered in English even if none of the other papers have been answered by the candidate in English.

The UPSC Syllabus for Mains 2019 is designed to test candidates understanding of the subjects in question as well as their ability to answer to the point in a clear and concise manner.The level of understanding required for the Civil Services Mains Examination for general studies is such that a well educated person would be able to answer the questions confidently. The standard of questions for the other subjects is at an honours degree level. The language papers are of a standard equivalent to matriculation.

To register for the mains examination, candidates who are successful in prelims will be asked to fill in the Detailed Application Form and submit it after the prelims results are declared.

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