UPSC Mains Paper Pattern 2023

By Ishika Satwika Singh

19th June, 2023

UPSC Exam pattern is set by the conducting body, i.e., the Union Public Service Commission. It is a yearly conducted examination and the paper pattern for the IAS Exam has been the same since 2013.


“Here’s all the important details you need to know for UPSC Mains paper pattern 2023”

– The UPSC exam pattern for the Mains stage consists of 9 papers conducted over 5-7 days. – Only those candidates who secure at least the declared cut off in General Studies I and 33% in General Studies II in Prelims can appear for Mains.

UPSC Mains Paper Pattern

UPSC Mains Paper Pattern

– As per the exam pattern of UPSC Mains, all of the papers consist of descriptive answer type questions. – It is an exhaustive phase and the total marks in UPSC mains can directly affect your final scores.

– 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 qualifying nature and candidates must score at least 25% in each for the marks from their Paper I – Paper VII to be given weightage.

UPSC Mains Paper Pattern

UPSC Mains Paper Pattern

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.

After the Prelims, a candidate hardly has three to four months for the preparation of the Mains Exam, so it is always suggested to prepare well in advance.