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I want to know the duration of Indian Administrative Service IAS Exam of UPSC so can you please tell me?
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Old January 24th, 2017, 09:19 AM
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Default Re: IAS Exam Duration

The duration of Indian Administrative Service IAS Exam is Two hours.

IAS Exam pattern-

Preliminary examination –

Serial Number Name of Paper Marks Allotted
Paper 1: General Ability Test (GAT) 200 Marks
Paper 2: English Language and Aptitude 200 Marks
Total 400 Marks

Main Examination

There would two types of Papers in the examination: Qualifying Papers and Papers to be counted for Merit formation.

The candidates will have to appear in both the parts.

Failing in the qualifying papers would lead to the canceling of the candidature of the aspirant.

There would be 7 papers in the Main Examination as per the IAS Exam Pattern 2016 of 250 marks each. There would be two optional papers which the candidates would have to select.

Qualifying Papers

Paper A: (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidates from the Language included in the 6th Schedule of the Constitution – 300 Marks. check here the list of the language in the sixth Schedule.

Paper B: English – 300 Marks

The papers on the Indian Language and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature.
The following table will enrich the candidates for the compulsory papers, the marks allotted in which would be added to calculate Merit:

Serial Number of Paper Title of the Paper Marks Allotted in the Paper
Paper 1 Essay writing 250 Marks
Paper 2 General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250 Marks
Paper 3 General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250 Marks
Paper 4 General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250 Marks
Paper 5 General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude) 250 Marks
Paper 6 Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks
Paper 7 Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks
Sub Total in the written Test 1750 Marks
Personal Interview 275 Marks
Grand Total ( for merit calculation) 2025 Marks

List of the Optional Subjects for Main Examination:

The candidates can choose any one of the following subjects and one literature paper from the language content in the 6th Schedule:

Political Science & International Relations
Commerce & Accountancy
Mechanical Engineering
Public Administration
Electrical Engineering
Medical Science
Animal Husbandry& Veterinary Science
Civil Engineering
Philosophy and
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