UPSC Exam Pattern 2020

Union Public Service exam or in short UPSC exam is the toughest examination in India. Qualifying this exam will open doors to the most respectful government jobs for the aspirants. Despite being tough, this exam receives thousands of applications from all over the country every year. This exam will be conducted in 2020 and notification for the same has already been released. Most of the students take the help of the UPSC test series in order to crack this exam. These mock tests will help students in understanding and answering under stressful conditions too. The exam pattern of this UPSC is quite different from other competitive examinations.

It has three phases

  • Prelims exam
  • Mains
  • Interview


This exam is conducted offline only. Students will be given OMR sheets, and they have to mark the answers in those sheets with either a blue or black pen. Offline exams are a bit tricky when compared to online. It is impossible to correct any answer if you have marked it wrong. This is the reason why aspirants have to be very careful while they are marking a particular answer. Marking the wrong answer will get them negative marks too. The prelims exam is conducted on June 2,2019. This exam has a total of two papers, paper 1 has 200 marks, and paper 2 has 200 marks. The number of questions in paper 1 is 100, and the number of questions in paper 2 is 80. Students will have 2 hours for each paper, and twenty minutes extra will be given for the visually impaired candidates. Candidates should appear for both papers and the point to remember here is that this is for only screening purposes, and the marks scored in it will not be considered in the final evaluation of the exam.

Mains exam will be very different, and it has two papers. One paper will be in English, and the other paper will be in regional language that the candidate will choose. The second paper will have a total of 1750 marks, and there are 9 sub papers in it. For each of these sub papers, students have 3 hours of time. In these nine papers, two will be for qualifying and seven will be for merit marks.

Important Points

The candidates should gain at least 25% of marks in papers from I to VII. This is when they will get weightage marks in Mains. The candidates get to select any regional language that they want, which is registered under the 8th schedule of the constitution. The candidates who excel in these mains exam will be qualified for an interview.

Interview Process

This interview is the final stage of the UPSC exam, and the main aim of this is to check the personality of a particular candidate. A team of recruiters will interview the candidate depending upon his/her scores, area of interest and past experience. The main qualities that the recruiters will look at are mental alertness, clear and logical thinking capabilities, the balance of judgement, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership skills along with variety and depth of interest.