The UPSC Mains 2023 commenced on 15th September 2023 with the Essay Paper. The IAS Mains 2023 will conclude on 24th September 2023 with the optional papers. The UPSC Mains is the second step in the entire civil services exam process. Candidates who clear the mains exam will be called for the final leg of the exam, that is, the UPSC Personality Test or interview which will be held in January – March 2024.
Download the UPSC Mains Essay Paper from this link.
UPSC Mains Question Papers 2023
The UPSC mains exam consists of nine papers namely, the Essay Paper, four General Studies papers (GS-1, 2, 3 & 4), two optional papers, the English language paper and one Indian language paper. In the below table, we give you the schedule of the UPSC Mains 2023 exam.
(9.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon)
(2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.)
|15 Sep 2023 (Friday)||Essay Paper||No Paper|
|16 Sep 2023 (Saturday)||GS-1||GS-2|
|17 Sep 2023 (Sunday)||GS-3||GS-4|
|23 Sep 2023 (Saturday)||Indian Language||English|
|24 Sep 2023 (Sunday)||Optional Paper 1||Optional Paper 2|
The English and the language papers are of a qualifying nature while the remaining papers are counted for merit ranking.
Candidates will be provided with the UPSC Mains Question paper PDFs of both the qualifying papers and the merit ranking papers in the article.
Note – The exams are yet to take place. The PDFs will be available shortly.
If you are looking for the UPSC syllabus for Prelims, Mains and Interview and information on the Civil Services Exam as a whole, refer to the link above.
Download UPSC Mains 2023 GS Question Paper PDFs
In this section, candidates can download the general studies papers of the UPSC Mains 2023 exam from the table below. (Links will be provided as and when the papers are out).
|UPSC Mains GS 1 2023 Question Paper||UPSC Mains GS 2 2023 Question Paper|
|UPSC Mains GS 3 2023 Question Paper||UPSC Mains GS 4 2023 Question Paper|
UPSC Mains Language Question Papers 2023
Though the language papers are of a qualifying nature, they are important because the candidate has to clear these papers with the minimum marks if they want to clear the IAS mains exam. There is a list of languages the candidates can choose from for the compulsory Indian language paper.
The Indian language paper is called Paper A while the English language paper is called Paper B. Candidates can download the language papers from the table below. (Links will be provided once the papers are out).
UPSC Mains 2023 Compulsory Indian Language Question Papers
|UPSC Mains 2023 English Language Question Paper|
For tips to crack the English language paper, click here.
- The UPSC Essay paper segment consists of two sections A and B.
- Both sections have about four questions each.
- The candidates have to choose one topic from each section, thus having to answer 2 essay questions in total.
- The word limit for each question is to be within the range of 1000-1200 words.
- The marks for each question is 125, thus the total allotted marks are 250.
- The paper will be included for merit ranking and is not just for qualifying purposes.
The candidates are expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely.
UPSC Mains Question Paper PDF For Optional Papers
For the UPSC CSE Mains exam, applicants have to choose one optional subject from a list of 48. The optional subjects are divided into Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both papers carry 250 marks each. Candidates should choose optional subjects carefully as it is one of the most important factors that determines the rank of the candidate in the final merit list.
You can download the 2023 UPSC mains optional question papers from the table below:
You can download the literature of languages optional papers from the table below:
For more information about the best optional subject for UPSC, click the link.
Why Should You Go Through UPSC Mains Question Papers
In an exam as tough as the UPSC, it is important to be well-prepared and equipped with all the resources at hand. Apart from covering the UPSC syllabus, candidates should also practice mains answer writing and solve previous years’ UPSC question papers. It is not what you know but what you write on the answer sheet that will fetch you marks. Hence, it is important that you practice answer writing so that you will be able to write the correct answers within the stipulated time and word limit.
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|UPSC Previous Year Question Papers||IAS Salary|
|UPSC Interview Questions||IAS Questions & Answers for UPSC|
|UPSC Monthly Current Affairs Magazine||NCERT Notes For UPSC|