UPSC CSE Main Admit Card 2023

UPSC Mains Exam – The Union Public Service Commission conducts the examination for the recruitment of various posts for Group A and B in the Indian Government. The Civil Services Examination is the most prestigious examination that is conducted by UPSC. For the year 2023,

UPSC CSE Main Admit Card 2023

the UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination will be conducted from September 15, 2023, onwards. Check out the latest updates regarding the UPSC Mains exam here on this page such as eligibility criteria, fees, exam pattern, etc. Also, the candidates can refer to the official website which is

UPSC Mains Exam Highlights

Candidates who are appearing for the UPSC Mains exam can check the important information from this article. Before getting into the details, the candidates can go through the below-mentioned UPSC exam highlights –

Full Exam Name UPSC Civil Services Exam
Short Exam Name UPSC CSE
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
UPSC Mains Exam Date 15 September 2023 onwards
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Languages English, Hindi
Mode of Application Offline / Online
Application Fee (General) 100 Rs [Offline]
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Counselling Offline
UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam – Duration 4 Hours +1 More

UPSC Mains 2023: Important Dates

Events Dates
UPSC Notification 2023 Release Date 1st February 2023
UPSC Registration Date Begins on 1st February 2023
Last Day to Apply for UPSC Exam 2023 21st February 2023
Withdrawal of Application To be Notified
Release of UPSC Admit Card 2023 8th May 2023
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2023 28th May 2023
UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2023 [Unofficial] 28th May 2023
UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2023 12th June 2023
UPSC Mains Exam, 2023 15th to 19th September 2023

UPSC Exam Eligibility Criteria

The candidate can check the UPSC Exam Eligibility Criteria from here. It is important for the candidates to fulfill the eligibility criteria in order to apply for the examination. In any case, if the candidates are not fulfilling the eligibility criteria for the UPSC exam, they won’t be eligible to appear for the same.

Nationality Indian
Age limit 21 to 32 years (age relaxation is given to reserved category candidates)
Educational qualification Graduation in any discipline from recognised university
Attempts limit General – 6

OBC – 9

SC/ ST – Till within the upper age limit

How to apply for UPSC Mains?

Once the UPSC Prelims result is declared the eligible candidates can apply for the Mains exam. The candidates can fill out the online Detailed Application Form (DAF) from the official website i.e.

While filling out the UPSC application form, the candidates need to fill the following 6 sections –

  • Personal details
  • Educational details
  • Employment details
  • Parental details
  • Upload the required documents
  • Make a final submission
  • WBCS 2023 Notification

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The candidates who are preparing for the UPSC Mains exam should be well versed with the UPSC Mains Exam Pattern. The candidates can get the study material from the official website i.e. The UPSC Mains exam pattern 2022 will consist of 9 theory-based papers (descriptive one). Out of these 9 papers, 7 will be counted for creating merit list. The candidates will have to choose 1 optional subject for the UPSC Mains.

The maximum marks for the UPSC Mains exams are 1750 (250 marks each). All papers will be of 3-hour duration.

The UPSC Mains exam pattern is as follows –

S.No Papers Subject Nature of Exam Total Marks
1 Paper A Indian Language Qualifying 300
2 Paper B English Qualifying 300
3 Paper I Essay Counted for Merit 250
4 Paper II General Studies (GS) I Counted for Merit 250
5 Paper III General Studies (GS) II Counted for Merit 250
6 Paper IV General Studies (GS) III Counted for Merit 250
7 Paper V General Studies (GS) IV Counted for Merit 250
8 Paper VI Optional Subject Paper-I Counted for Merit 250
9 Paper VII Optional Subject Paper-II Counted for Merit 250

UPSC Mains Syllabus

The UPSC Mains Syllabus 2022 has been divided into following parts –

Qualifying Papers –

Paper A

Paper B

Papers which are counted for merit ranking –


General Studies (Paper II to Paper V)

Check syllabus for Qualifying papers –

In UPSC Mains examination, the candidates need to score a minimum of 25% marks in Paper A and B. Check the syllabus and pattern for these qualifying papers below –

Paper Exam Pattern
Paper A (One Indian language mentioned in the 8th schedule of the Constitution)
  1. Comprehension of given passages.
  2. Precis Writing
  3. Usage and Vocabulary
  4. Short Essays
  5. Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa
Paper B – English
  1. Comprehension of given passages
  2. Precis Writing
  3. Usage and Vocabulary
  4. Short Essays

Papers which are counted for merit ranking – 

In the essay section of the paper, the candidates need to write two essays out of the given options for a total of 250 marks. According to the UPSC, the candidates are advised to arrange their idea in an orderly manner and then write the essay concisely.

General Studies –

Check the below-provided table to get the details on general studies syllabus –

UPSC Mains Paper II – General Studies I UPSC Mains Paper III – General Studies II UPSC Mains Paper-IV – General Studies III UPSC Mains Paper V – General Studies IV
Indian Heritage and Culture Governance Technology Ethics
History and Geography of the World Constitution Economic Development Integrity
Society Polity Environment, Biodiversity Aptitude
Social Justice International relations Security and Disaster Management

Preparation Tips to Crack UPSC Mains Exam

Here on this page, we have provided the preparation tips to crack UPSC Mains exam. Check the below-provided table –

  1. Set deadlines while preparing for the UPSC exam.
  2. A planned timetable will always help you to crack the exam with good marks.
  3. Reading newspapers will always help you out with comprehension and general awareness.
  4. Solve the previous year’s question papers and go through the solution once you complete the tests.
  5. Solve mock test series and then analyse your results and performance. Write down the gaps and work on them.

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