IAS Exam Pattern Syllabus 2016


ias exam pattern syllabusIAS Exam Pattern Syllabus 2016: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Exam. IAS exam is the toughest exam in India. IAS exam conducts every year it has 3 stages – Preliminary exam, main exam and interview. Those candidates who preparing for IAS exam 2016 must be aware about exam pattern and it also help in better preparation of IAS exam.

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Exam Pattern of IAS 2016

  1. Preliminary Examination – preliminary exam consists 2 papers, both paper is objective type. Each paper is carry 200 marks. Preliminary exam is for the selection of the candidate for the Main Examination.

2. Main Exam – main exam consists nine papers, in which 2 papers are qualifying Papers and 7 papers are counted for merit.

3. Interview – Interview carry 275 Marks, the Marks obtained in the interview would be added in final Merit list.

1) Preliminary Exam Pattern of IAS 2016

  • Civil Services Preliminary exam/CSAT comprises of two compulsory papers, namely general studies paper 1 and general studies paper 2. Each paper carries 200 marks. Preliminary not counted for the merit rank but a qualifying Paper.
  • Both papers are objective in nature with multiple options. The candidates will have to tick one option out of 4 given option.
  • There is a negative marking for wrong answers & 1/3rd marks deduction will be made from correct answer; there will be no negative marking for the unanswered questions.
  • The medium of question paper is both English and Hindi.

Summary – Exam Pattern 2016 for the IAS preliminary examination.

S.No.Name of PaperMax MarksTime duration
Paper- 1General Studies paper 1200 marks2 hours
Paper- 2General Studies paper 2200 marks2 hours

2) Main Exam Pattern of IAS 2016

  • Main exam having nine papers, in which 2 papers are qualifying papers and 7 papers are counted for merit.
  • The marks obtained in the qualifying papers will not be counted for Merit.
  • If candidates fail in main qualifying papers they would be rejected.
  • There are 7 papers which count for merit, each paper carries 250 marks. Out of 7 papers there are two optional papers which chosen by candidates.

Qualifying papers pattern of IAS 2016

  • Paper-A: Candidate has to choose one Indian Language from the Language included in the 6th Schedule of the Constitution and Paper- A carry 300 marks.
  • Paper-B: English, carry 300 marks.

Summary – Exam Pattern 2016 for the IAS Main Examination

Number of papersPaper nameMarksTime Duration
Paper-1Essay writing250 marks3 hours
Paper-2General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)250 marks3 hours
Paper-3General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)250 marks3 hours
Paper-4General Studies –III  (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)250 marks3 hours
Paper-5General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250 marks3 hours
Paper-6Optional Subject–Paper 1250 marks3 hours
Paper-7Optional Subject- Paper 2250 marks3 hours

3) Interview

  • The candidate will be interviewed by a Board; they will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The purpose of interview is to test candidate’s critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
  • Interview carry 275 Marks, The Marks obtained in the interview would be added in final Merit list.

IAS Exam Syllabus 2016

1 ) Preliminary Examination Syllabus

Syllabus of GS Paper -1

  • Current affairs/events of national and international.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography, Physical, Social,  Economic.
  • Indian polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, human rights issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, Climate Change, General Science.

Syllabus of GS paper-2

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General psychological ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc. – Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

2) Main examination Syllabus

Paper A – Indian Languages

1. Comprehension of given passages
2. summing-up Writing
3. Usage and Vocabulary
4. Short Essays
5. Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.


1. Comprehension of given passages
2. Summing-up Writing
3. Usage and Vocabulary
4. Short Essays.

Paper 1 – Essay

  • Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in arranged manner and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Paper 2 – General Studies I

  • Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

Paper 3 – General Studies II

  • Governance, Constitution, Politics, Social Justice and International relations.

Paper 4 – General Studies III

  • Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

Paper 5 – General Studies IV

  • Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude.

List of the Optional Subjects for Paper 6 and Paper 7

The candidates can choose any one of the following subjects:

1) Agriculture
2) Anthropology
3) Chemistry
4) Geography
5) History
6) Political Science & International Relations
7) Commerce & Accountancy
8) Economics
9) Management
10) Mathematics
11) Mechanical Engineering
12) Psychology
13) Public Administration
14) Sociology
15) Electrical Engineering
16) Physics
17) Zoology
18) Medical Science
19) Animal Husbandry& Veterinary Science
20) Botany
21) Civil Engineering
22) Geology
23) Law
24) Philosophy
25) Statistics and
26) Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

Candidates may choose any one of the optional Language (Paper A)

1) Assamese
2) Bengali
3) Bodo
4) Dogri
5) Gujarati
6) Tamil
7) Hindi
8) Kannada
9) Kashmiri
10) Konkani
11) Maithili
12) Malayalam
13) Manipuri
14) Marathi
15 Nepali
16) Oriya
17) Punjabi
18) Santhali
19) Sindhi
20) Telugu
21) Urdu and
22) English

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