UPSC IAS Marking Scheme 2020

UPSC IAS Marking Scheme 2020- The Civil Services Exam is being conducted by UPSC in three stages, namely, the UPSC Prelims, the UPSC Mains, and the UPSC Interview (Personality Test).
To pass this prestigious exam and become a civil servant the aspirants must go through a year-round journey. It is essential that the aspirant has clarity about the UPSC Exam Pattern and UPSC Marking scheme.

The first step to this whole journey is UPSC Prelims which is a screening test. An aspirant cannot write the Mains exam without passing the Prelims. Let’s look at the marking scheme of all the three stages of the UPSC IAS Examination.

UPSC IAS Marking Scheme 2020 for Prelims 

Number of Papers

2

Type of Questions

MCQs

Number of Questions in GS Paper 1

100

Number of Questions in GS Paper 2

80

Total Marks

400

Exam Duration

2 Hours

Negative Marks

1/3rd marks will be deducted for wrong answers

Medium of Exam

English and Hindi

Mode of Exam

Offline - Mark answers on OMR Sheet

Cut off Marks based on

GS Paper 1 alone (GS Paper 2 Qualifying in nature)

The UPSC Prelims consists of 2 papers  

Paper-I- General Studies

Paper-II- Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

UPSC Prelims Paper-I: General Studies

Paper I consists of 100 questions of 200 marks i.e. 2 marks for each question. There is negative marking of 1/3 for each wrong answer.

UPSC Prelims Paper-II: CSAT

Paper-II - CSAT consists of 80 questions carrying 200 marks in total. It is qualifying in nature and you have to score 33% marks in this. In this paper, there is also a negative marking of 1/3 for each wrong answer.

Subjects

Total Marks

Duration 

Total number of questions

Negative marking

Cut-off marks

Paper- I (GS)

200 

2 hours

100 ( 2 marks per question)

1/3rd of the marks allotted to a question i.e 0.66 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

As per decided by UPSC every year. The candidate has to attain the marks equal to or more than the cut-off marks. 

Paper-II (CSAT)

200 

2 hours

80 ( 2.5 marks per question)

1/3rd of the marks allotted to a question i.e 0.83 will be deducted for each wrong answer.

It is qualifying in nature. It is mandatory to score 33% of the total marks to pass this exam.

NOTE:

  • For CSAT, by saying qualifying in nature, it means the marks of it will not be counted for the final cut-off.
  • So in short, to clear UPSC Prelims you have to secure cut-off marks in Paper I (usually 100-125 marks) and 33% marks in Paper-II as well. 
  • The whole marks of the Prelims will not be counted for the final merit list. It’s just a screening test to determine the aptness of the candidate for UPSC Mains.

UPSC IAS Marking Scheme 2020 for Mains

Paper

Subject

Marks

I

Essay

250

II

General Studies-I (Indian History & Culture, History & Geography of the World and Society)

250

III

General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)

250

IV

General Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

250

V

General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

250

VI

Optional Subject- Paper 1

250

VII

Optional Subject- Paper 2

250

 

Total (Written Test)

1750

UPSC IAS Marking Scheme for Interview

IAS Interview Marks

275 Marks (Maximum)

UPSC IAS Final Merit List

Exam Stage 

Total Marks

UPSC IAS Mains Examination

1750

Personality Test (Interview)

275

UPSC IAS Final Merit List prepared out of

2025

UPSC has already declared UPSC calendar 2020 and announced the IAS prelims date as on October 4, 2020. It is the right time now to become assiduous towards your preparation.

Hope this article has helped you.

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