What is the format of the UPSC exam?
The UPSC exam is conducted in three stages for most of the exams. Let me explain the format of the Civil Services Examination (CSE), which is the most popular exam conducted by UPSC, in detail.
The CSE exam consists of three stages:
Geography, Environment, and Current Affairs. General Studies Paper II (CSAT) tests the candidate’s aptitude and comprehension skills.
2. Main Examination (Descriptive Type): Candidates who clear the Preliminary Examination are eligible to appear for the Main Examination. The Main Examination consists of 9 papers, out of which 7 papers are compulsory, and 2 are optional. The compulsory papers are Essay, General Studies I, General Studies II, General Studies III, General Studies IV, Indian Language, and English Language. The optional papers are chosen by the candidate based on their specialization.
3. Interview (Personality Test): Candidates who clear the Main Examination are called for an Interview (also known as Personality Test). This stage tests the candidate’s overall personality and suitability for the services they have applied for. The Interview is conducted by a panel of experts, and the questions can be related to a candidate’s background, interests, and general knowledge.