UPSC Prelims Exam 2024: Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Marking Scheme And More

By Ishika

16 Feb, 2024

Check this web story out for all the important details of UPSC prelims 2024.


“Here’s all you need to know about UPSC prelims exam 2024”

The Preliminary Exam is like a screening test where they ask objective type questions to select candidates for the next round. It's all about testing your basic knowledge and understanding. Then comes the Main Exam, which is more detailed. Here, they have written tests and interviews to pick candidates for different jobs. It's like the final round where they dive deeper into your knowledge and skills to find the best fit for the available positions.

UPSC 2024 Exam Plan

Exam Pattern UPSC Prelims 2024

The exam has two important papers, each worth 200 marks. Both papers are multiple-choice and last for two hours each. The second paper, called General Studies Paper-II, is needed to pass the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, but you only need to score at least 33% in this paper. You can choose to answer the questions in either Hindi or English since both languages are available.

Each question in the examination presents four possible answers. If a candidate selects the incorrect option, a penalty of one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted. Similarly, if a candidate chooses multiple answers, even if one of them is correct, it will be deemed incorrect, and the same penalty will be applied. However, if a candidate opts to leave a question unanswered, without providing any response, no penalty will be imposed for that particular question.

Marking Scheme

UPSC Prelims 2024 Syllabus

- Indian History and National Movement. - Geography of India and the World (Physical, Social, Economic). - Indian Polity and Governance (Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues). - Economic and Social Development (Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives). - General Environmental Issues (Ecology, Biodiversity, Climate Change). - General Science.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issued their notification for the UPSC CSE 2024 on 14 February, 2024. You can check the detailed notification on their official website.