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UPSC CSE 2022 Exam Pattern and Selection Process

UPSC CSE 2022 Exam Pattern and Selection Process

UPSC IAS exam pattern 2022: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the UPSC IAS notification 2022 for the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2022 today i.e., on 02 Feb 2022. Interested and eligible candidates who want to apply for UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2022 can apply by visiting the official website of UPSC.


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In this article, we will discuss the UPSC civil services exam pattern and the UPSC CSE selection process provided in the UPSC CSE 2022 Notification. Candidates must understand the UPSC CSE prelims 2022 selection process in detail before applying for the UPSC CSE 2022.


UPSC CSE exam pattern 2022

UPSC Civil Services Examination is conducted in three phases—Prelims, Mains and Interview. Each phase demands a unique set of qualities that an aspirant must possess to wrap their preparation.



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UPSC CSE prelims 2022 exam pattern

UPSC CSE prelims 2022 exam pattern: The first target for you is to clear prelims. It is a one-day exam where you first give Paper 1 and then after 3 hours, Paper 2. Marks you get here are not important because they are not included in preparing the final merit list. This, however, do not, and cannot take away the importance of prelims.

The preliminary examination consists of two papers and each paper has objective questions (MCQs).

General Studies Paper 1 (General Awareness)

General Studies Paper 2 (CSAT)

General Studies Paper 1 (General Awareness): It consists of 100 questions and each correct answer fetches two marks for the candidate. The UPSC also penalizes candidates for incorrect answers to the tune of 1/3rd of the marks allotted to the question. There are no negative marks for questions that candidates did not attempt in the UPSC prelims selection process

General Studies Paper 2 (CSAT): It consists of 80 questions and each correct answer fetches 2.5 marks for the candidate. Like GS Paper 1, here also UPSC penalizes the wrong answers by deducting one-third of the marks allotted to the question. Left-out question fetches no marks to the candidate.


UPSC prelims 2022 selection process

It is mandatory for a candidate to appear in both the Papers of the IAS Prelim Exam for the purpose of evaluation.

Cut-off for Prelims of the UPSC IAS prelims 2022 selection process is prepared by UPSC based on the number of seats in that year and the candidate’s performance in the GS Paper-1, provided s/he has got at least qualifying marks (33% of the total) in the GS Paper 2. Candidates who qualify prelims are then invited by the UPSC for the mains examination.


Exam Total Marks Number of Questions Duration of exam Negative marking Nature Qualification benchmark
GS paper 1 200 100 2 hours Yes Marks counted for cut-off preparation UPSC prepares cut-off for qualified candidates
GS Paper 2 200 80 2 hours Yes Qualifying 33% (66/200)


UPSC exam pattern 2022: Mains

After you clear prelims, congrats, you have just cleared the first stage of the UPSC CSE selection process, and found a place in the top 13,000 of the candidates among the 3 lakh aspirants who have given this examination (Note: These are rough estimates and depend entirely on the number of vacancies). Finish your hangover, buy a lot of pens and prepare for the next battle.

When you come to the mains examination, be ready to sit for long hours. It is around a week process and has a total of 9 papers, distributed in the following manner.


Paper Subject Duration Total marks
Paper 1 Compulsory Indian language 3 hours 300
Paper 2 English 3 hours 300
Paper 3 Essay 3 hours 250
Paper 4 General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper 5 General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper 6 General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper 7 General Studies IV 3 hours 250
Paper 8 Optional I 3 hours 250
Paper 9 Optional II 3 hours 250


IAS selection process

The first two papers are qualifying in nature and are not included while calculating total mains marks. Next 7 papers, however, are crucial in a sense that you need to score well in these papers to not only clear mains but also to get a good rank in the exam.

As per the present examination pattern, the Mains exam is conducted in 5 days. Essay paper is conducted on the first day, GS 1 and GS 2 on the second day (in a gap of 2-hours), GS 3 and GS 4 on the third day (again in a gap of two hours). Then, there is a rest of 4-5 days (Yes! You heard it right, it is a rest and not a ‘holiday’). After this, both the qualifying papers are conducted on the same day, then, on the last day, both optional papers are conducted.



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UPSC CSE exam pattern: Interview

After clearing mains, you reach the interview phase, which is the last and the final phase of the UPSC process of selection. This, however, is an equally important phase, and no room for complacency is left here too.

Interview or the personality test is of total of 275 marks and getting good marks in this phase is as essential as the second phase. It is often referred as ‘maker or breaker’ due to its uncertainty and highly subjective nature.


Phase Marks
Mains 1750
Interview 275
Total 2025


So, the final merit list is prepared against 2025 marks.


Click here to know the UPSC CSE prelims 2022 eligibility.

UPSC CSE Prelims registration 2022: Important Dates

Activity Dates
Notification released 2nd February 2022
Online Registration begins 2nd February 2022
Last date for applying 22nd February 2021
UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Exam 5 June 2021
UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Result July 2021 (Tentative)
UPSC Exam Date 2022- CSE Mains Exam 16 Sep 2022
UPSC CSE Mains 2022 result December 2022 (Tentative)


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