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UPSC releases IAS Mains 2016 Exam Schedule, Exam Pattern revised

Last Updated - April 10, 2017

The Union Public Service Commission, commonly known as the UPSC, has released the IAS (Mains) Examination 2016 Exam Schedule. The exam will be held between December 3-December 9, 2016. Candidates who have successfully qualified the UPSC Civil Services Prelims round, will be allowed to sit for the Mains. The UPSC IAS Prelims Results were declared on September 16, 2016. The UPSC Mains 2016 exam schedule was released on UPSC’s Official Website.

CheckUPSC Civil Services Prelims Result 2016

IAS-Exam

Talking about the statistics, nearly 4 lac students appear for this exam each year. This year, a total of 15,008 candidates have qualified the preliminary examination. Let us see how many turn up for IAS Mains 2016.

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UPSC IAS Exam Schedule

All the qualifying candidates must register themselves before filling up the Online DAF and submit it. The DAF can be filled from 7 October to 20 October 2016 till 6pm only. The DAF form will be available on UPSC’s Official Website. Candidates must go through the instruction booklet before filling the form.

Candidates appearing for the UPSC IAS (Mains) Exam 2016, must also keep in mind the important dates. The Mains Exam will be held in two sessions:

  • Morning- 9.30 AM- 12 PM
  • Afternoon- 2 PM-5 PM

Also, please make note that there will not be any exam on December 4, 2016 (Sunday) and December 8, 2016 (Thursday).

Candidates can refer to the below table for all the UPSC IAS(Mains) important dates:

Date/DayMorning Session (9.30 AM- 12 PM)Afternoon Session (2 PM- 5 PM)
December 3, 2016 (Saturday)Paper-I EssayNo paper
December 4, 2016 (Sunday)No Paper
December 5, 2016 (Monday)Paper II General Studies- IPaper III General Studies- II
December 6, 2016 (Tuesday)Paper IV General Studies- IIIPaper V General Studies- IV
December 7, 2016 (Wednesday)Paper-A Indian LanguagePaper-B English
December 8, 2016 (Thursday)No Paper
December 9, 2016 (Friday)Paper-VI Optional Paper-IPaper-VII Optional Paper-II

Important Note:

1. The Indian Language paper (Paper A) is for the following languages:

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi (Devanagari/Arabic Script), Tamil, Telugu, Urdu

Check  : IAS Exam Centers 

2. The Optional Paper I (Paper VI) is for the following subjects:

Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce & Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science & International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology, 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, San thali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English

3. The Optional Paper II (Paper VII) is for the following subjects:

Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce & Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science & International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology, 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, English

UPSC IAS Syllabus

Candidates who successfully qualified the IAS Prelims Round, must be gearing up for the Civil Services Mains round now. Following is the IAS Syllabus for Paper I to Paper VII for all the appearing candidates:

  • Paper I- Essay
  • Paper II- General Studies- I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
  • Paper III- General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
  • Paper IV- General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Paper V- General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
  • Paper VI and Paper VII- Candidate can select any of the following subjects as his/her optional subject:
AGRICULTUREELECTRICAL ENGINEERINGMEDICAL SCIENCE
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary ScienceGeographyPhilosophy
AnthropologyGeologyPhysics
BotanyHistoryPolitical Science and International Relations
ChemistryLawPsychology
Civil EngineeringManagementPublic Administration
Commerce and AccountancyMathematicsSociology
EconomicsMechanical EngineeringStatistics
ZoologyLiterature 

Check : IAS Result 

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern

From this year, there have been revisions in the IAS Exam Pattern. Now, candidates are supposed to appear for 7+2= 9 exams in the CS Mains 2016 Round. All questions are descriptive in nature. There are two qualifying papers:

  • Any modern language paper of 300 marks
  • English paper of 300 marks

The marks for these two papers will not be counted in the merit list of the main examination. The candidate is allowed to pick any one language from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium for writing the mains examination.

Also, the ‘FOUR’ IAS General Studies papers, each of 250 marks, have been made compulsory. The UPSC CS (Mains) Syllabus 2016 for General Studies papers has been of the Degree level.

Check : IAS Practice Papers

As for the question of Optional Subjects, candidates must choose only ‘ONE’ out of the list of subjects. This comprises of two papers of 300 marks each. Hence, the total of these optional paper becomes 600 marks. Candidates are allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “"without the condition of having the same at graduation level”. The scope of the syllabus of optional paper is higher than the bachelor's degree but lower than the master's level.

After the successful completion of the IAS Mains exam, candidates are called for the Interview round. The Interview/Personality Test round is of 275 marks. Candidates can give this interview in their preferred language and UPSC shall make arrangements for the translators. The total marks of the written examination are 1750 Marks.

Now that the IAS Exam Schedule 2016 is out, we are sure you all must be preparing hard for the first exam on December 3, 2016. The IAS Exam is one of the most competitive exams of our country and requires comprehensive understanding of the IAS Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Make sure you go through them thoroughly, so that the actual exam doesn’t give you any surprises. Good luck!

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