UPSC Prelims Paper Pattern 2023

By Ishika Satwika Singh

21st 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 Prelims paper pattern"

– The UPSC CSE Prelims comprises two objective-type papers (General Studies I and General Studies II or CSAT) for a total of 400 marks. – Both papers are usually held on the same day in two sessions via offline mode (pen-paper).

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

– GS1 has 100 questions and GS2 has 80 questions. – The duration of both exams are 2 hours each. – Language of both the exams are English/Hindi.

– In GS1 -0.66 marks for every incorrect answer. – In GS2 -0.83 marks for every incorrect answer. – Maximum marks of both exams are 200 marks each.

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

– Cutoff varies every year for GS1 and 33% qualifying criteria for GS2. – All the questions in prelims are objective type questions.

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.