Civil Services Main Examination

Union Public Service Commission

Civil Services Examination

Stage 2: Main Examination

  • Eligibility Criteria: The candidate should be 21 years of age and should have graduated in any discipline from a recognized university. Students in their final year of graduation can also apply.

  • Applying for the Exam: The candidate should log on to and follow the instructions given on the website.

  • E-Admit Card: Candidates have to download the e-admit card from the website The admit cards can be downloaded three weeks before the examination.

The Main examination is subjective in nature and comprises of 9 papers. A candidate has to face 7 compulsory papers which include 4 papers of General Studies, A paper on Essay, A paper on any of the Regional Languages and English. The other two papers deal with an optional subject which a candidate has to choose out of 26 optional subjects.

The Main exam is conducted for a total of 1750 marks out of which General Studies carries 1000 marks, which comprises 4 papers each of 250 marks. Optional subject carries 500 marks which comprises two papers each of 250 marks. Essay carries 250 Marks. The results of Main exam are announced usually in the month of February.

Detailed Syllabus

List of Optional Papers


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