UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2022 - (Prelims & Mains) - Subject Wise Paper Pattern

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2022 - (Prelims & Mains) - Subject Wise Paper Pattern

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will provide the detailed UPSC IAS 2022 exam pattern in official notification of UPSC IAS 2022. The IAS notification containing IAS exam pattern 2022 will be released in online mode on the official website - According to the UPSC IAS exam pattern 2022, there are three stages of the UPSC IAS exam recruitment process - prelims, mains and interview. In the notification, UPSC provides the separate UPSC exam pattern 2022 separately as UPSC prelims exam pattern, UPSC mains exam pattern and UPSC IAS 2022 personality test. With the help of UPSC IAS exam pattern 2022, candidates can strategize their UPSC IAS preparation. To know more, read the full article below.Latest: To Download the UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2022 PDF - Click here

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UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2022 (Prelims and Mains) - Overview

Name of exam

Civil Services Exam (UPSC CSE)

Conducting body

Union Public Service Commission

Mode of Exam


(UPSC Paper Pattern for Prelims- MCQ-based)

(UPSC Paper Pattern for Mains - Descriptive)

(Personality Test - Interview in front of board members)

Number of Stages

  • Prelims exam

  • Mains exam

  • Interview

Number of papers in UPSC Exam

Prelims: 2

Mains: 9

UPSC Prelims exam pattern: Marking scheme

Paper 1: +2 marks

Paper 2: +2.5 marks

Negative marking: One-third of marks allotted to each question

Time Duration of UPSC CSE exam 2022

Prelims: 2 hours (Each paper) total 4 hours

Mains: 3 hours (Each paper) total 27 hours conducted across various days

Type of questions

Prelims: Objective type

Mains: Subjective type

UPSC CSE Exam Pattern 2022 - Benefits

  • With the help of Civil Services exam pattern, students will be able to understand the number of questions asked in prelims and mains exam.

  • The qualifying criteria to crack the prelims and mains stage of UPSC CSE exam 2022 will be mentioned in IAS paper pattern 2022.

  • According to the exam pattern of UPSC IAS, candidates will not be provided with any scribe to write the exam. However, the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities in the categories of blindness, locomotor disability (both arm affected – BA) and cerebral palsy will be provided the facility of scribe, if desired by the person under the Section 2 (r) of the RPWD Act, 2016.

  • Candidates must go through the detailed UPSC CSE exam pattern 2022 before starting their UPSC IAS 2022 exam preparation.

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UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2022 - Prelims

According to the CSE exam pattern, prelims is the first stage of UPSC IAS selection process which is qualifying in nature. According to the UPSC prelims exam pattern, there will be two papers in the preliminary exam. As per the IAS paper pattern, candidates need to meet UPSC IAS cut off 2022 for paper 1 whereas for Paper 2 which is CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test), it is mandatory to secure 33% to get qualified. Check the highlights of UPSC CSE prelims exam pattern here.

IAS Prelims Exam Pattern 2022

Number of papers

GS 1: Based on Indian History, Economics, Indian and World Geography, Science and Technology, Indian Polity, Current Affairs and Environment.

GS 2: Based on Reasoning, Aptitude and Quantitative

Language of paper



Duration of exam

4 hours (2 hours each)

Number of questions

General studies paper 1: 100

General studies paper 2: 80

Maximum marks

400 (200 each)

Qualifying marks

33% for Paper 2

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UPSC IAS prelims exam pattern 2022: Marking Scheme

  • As per the exam pattern of UPSC IAS 2022, each question in the prelims exam GS paper 1 will have 2 marks while in GS paper 2 will carry 2.5 marks.

  • As per the IAS paper pattern, one-third of the marks will be deducted for each wrong answer as the negative marking.

  • In case a candidate attempts more than one answer then it will also be considered as negative marking.

  • There will be no penalty for questions left unattempted.

  • Candidates will have to score a minimum of 33% to qualify GS paper 2.

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UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2022 - Mains

According to the UPSC IAS 2022 exam pattern, candidates who will get qualified in the prelims exam are eligible for the UPSC IAS mains 2022 exam. According to the UPSC mains exam pattern, there will be 9 papers in the IAS mains exam. Candidates need to secure at least 25% in their optional subject along with the remaining subjects. All languages covered in the 8th Schedule of the constitution will be considered for language paper. Check the highlights of UPSC CSE main exam pattern here.

UPSC IAS mains exam pattern 2022

Number of papers


Language of paper



Descriptive paper: Candidates can appear for language paper in 22 languages mentioned in schedule 8 of the Indian constitution

Duration of exam

3 hours each


Compulsory Indian language



  • General Studies I

  • General Studies II

  • General Studies III

  • General Studies IV

  • Optional I

  • Optional II

Number of questions

Part A and B: 300 each

General studies and optional paper: 250 each

Maximum marks


UPSC Main Exam Pattern 2022 - Marking Scheme

  • The IAS Mains exam carries a total of 1750 marks.

  • Each subjective paper in the mains exam carries 300 marks.

  • Candidates can choose two optional papers in the mains exam.

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2022 : CSE Interview

The interview round is the final stage of the UPSC IAS recruitment and one of the major alma maters to achieve if one wants to become an administrative officer of the Indian Government. Around lakhs of candidates applied for UPSC IAS exam, only few thousands can make it to the interview and only hundreds get qualified. According to the previous years trends , there is no specific IAS exam pattern for UPSC IAS interview round. Candidates need to have in-depth knowledge of their subject and current affairs. The panel of UPSC IAS interview round would assess the candidates' mental and social abilities by asking open-ended questions. Mental alertness, critical capacities of absorption, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgement, range and depth of interest, aptitude for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral purity are some of the attributes that the board looks for.

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UPSC IAS Syllabus 2022

UPSC provides the UPSC IAS syllabus along with the UPSC IAS exam pattern 2022 in the official notification. Candidates can check the UPSC IAS syllabus which is available separately for UPSC IAS prelims and IAS mains exam. It is important to go through the syllabus and exam pattern of UPSC IAS 2022 to plan the UPSC CSE preparation in a strategic way.

UPSC IAS Question Papers 2022

UPSC releases the official question papers of IAS on its official website a few days after the exam is conducted. UPSC releases the prelims and mains, both question papers in PDF format. Candidates preparing for the UPSC IAS exam 2021, must go through the previous year question papers to start their preparations. With the help of IAS previous year question papers, candidates will be able to know about the difficulty level of the exam, types of questions asked in the exam and most importantly the variation in questions of the IAS exam.

UPSC IAS 2022: Subject wise question paper links


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Ecology & Environment - UPSC-CSE/IAS Prelims Exam

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Current Affairs for UPSC Prelims Mock Test (MCQs with Ans. & Expl.)

UPSC IAS current affairs question paper download PDF

UPSC IAS CSE MCQ on Polity (MCQs with Ans. & Expl.)

UPSC IAS Polity question paper download PDF

UPSC Prelims History Questions (MCQs with Ans. & Expl.)

UPSC IAS history question paper download PDF

UPSC Prelims Economics Questions (MCQs with Ans. & Expl.)

UPSC IAS economics question paper download PDF

UPSC Prelims Geography Questions (MCQs with Ans. & Expl.)

UPSC IAS geography question paper download PDF

UPSC Prelims General Science Questions (MCQs with Ans. & Expl.)

UPSC IAS general science question paper download PDF

UPSC IAS Mock Test 2022

The UPSC IAS mock tests are one of the most important aspects to know the preparation level of the UPSC IAS 2022 exam. With the help of UPSC IAS mock test 2022,candidates will be able to understand the exam pressure and IAS paper pattern in a better way. Although the UPSC IAS exam is conducted in offline mode, IAS mock tests are proved to be the important aspects to crack the UPSC IAS exam by the IAS toppers every.