UPSC Prelims Exam: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Preliminary Examination for Civil Services is a kind of screening test only; the marks scored in the UPSC Preliminary Examination by the candidates will be declared to be qualified for the Mains Examination but will not count up for determining the final order of merit of the candidates.
The UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination comprises of two papers i.e., General Studies Paper-I and CSAT Paper-II with objective questions or generally called as multiple choice questions (MCQ).
Both the papers carry 200 marks each that sum up to 400 marks, the civil services preliminary exam is aimed to be as a screening test only. In the CSAT Paper 2 of Civil Services preliminary Exam, the candidates will have to score a minimum 33 percent of marks, whereas, the marks of General Studies Paper-I will be taken into account for ranking in the prelims based on which the candidates will qualify in UPSC Mains Exam (written).
The CSAT Paper-II covers the analytical or as commonly known as an aptitude test. In this paper, candidates have to score at least 33 percent to qualify for the Civil Services Mains Exam.
Candidates who qualify for UPSC Mains Exam of a particular year will be eligible to write the mains exam of that particular year only.
UPSC Main Exam: The Civil Services Main Examination is the second stage of the Civil Services Exam. Only those candidates who clear IAS Prelims are eligible to sit for IAS Mains. It comprises 9 papers, out of which marks for only 7 are taken into consideration while preparing the merit list & the remaining 2 are merely qualifying in nature. Each candidate who is eligible for taking the Main Examination has to choose an optional subject, in addition to General Studies & Essay Paper, which are mandatory for all candidates.
The UPSC Mains Examination is intended to assess the academic skills of the candidates and their capability to state their knowledge in a precise and reasonable way. The mains examination is to analyze the general intellectual persona and profundity of understanding of candidates instead of their extent of information and memory.
SSC Prelims Exams:
Tier I of the Online Examination will comprise of one paper of Objective Type with the following parts:
Exam Pattern of Tier-I
|Tier||Mode of Examination||Scheme of Examination||Marks||Syllabus||Time|
|I||Computer based||General Intelligence & Reasoning (25 Questions)||50 Marks||Click here||5 Minutes (Total) For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 100 Minutes|
|General Awareness (25 Questions)||50 Marks||Click here|
|Quantitative Aptitude (25 Questions)||50 Marks||Click here|
|English Comprehension (25 Questions)||50 Marks||Click here|
SSC Mains Exam:
SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2016 for Tier-II:
The candidates who qualify in the written examination would be taking the Tier 2 of the SSC CGL Exam 2016. Here also the marking scheme would be same.
Following table shows the exam pattern for the SSC CGL TIER-II exam
|Name of Subject||Number of Questions||Marks allotted in the section||Course Details|
|Quantitative Aptitude||100||200||Click here|
|English Language and Comprehension||200||200||Click here|
Highlights of Tier-II (Mains) Exam Pattern
- Tier-II of the examination would comprise four papers in total. Each paper would be for the duration of two hours. Of these four papers, two papers i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II is compulsory for all the candidates.
- Paper-I would be on Quantitative Ability (100 Questions) of 200 marks. Each question would carry two marks. Negative marks for each wrong answer would be 0.50 marks
- Paper-II would be on English Language and Comprehension (200 Questions) of 200 Marks. Each question would carry one mark. 0.25 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer.
- Paper-III would be on Statistics (100 Questions) of 200 marks. This paper will be for those candidates who have applied for the post of Statistical Investigator (now known as Junior Statistical Officer). Each question would carry two marks. 0.50 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer.
- Paper-IV will be for those candidates who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) in C&AG. The said paper would comprise two parts i.e., Finance and Accounts for which there would be 40 questions carrying 80 marks and Economics and Governance which would have 60 questions carrying 120 marks.
- In all there would be 100 questions carrying 200 Marks with each question carrying two marks. 0.50 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer. The paper will be for a duration of two hours.
- Paper-I would be of 10th Standard level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and Paper-III & Paper-IV of graduation level.
Scheme and Exam Pattern of Tier-III
Scheme of CGL Examination 2016: The examination will be conducted in 4 tiers as indicated below:
|Name of Test||Type of Test|
|Tier – I||Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice type)|
|Tier – II||Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice type)|
|Tier – III||Pen and paper Test (Descriptive paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay /Letter/Application Writing Etc.))|
|Tier-IV||Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification|
Bank PO & Clerk exam in two levels preliminary exam and mains exam. Bank Pre Exam Pattern contains fewer objective type questions with shorter duration.
Pre-Examination have some quick and multi-choice questions (MCQ) from both subjects reasoning, English, quantitative aptitude.
|Sr No.||Test Name||Syllabus||Qns.||Marks||Duration|
|1||Reasoning Ability Paper||Click here||35||35||01 hour|
|2||Quantitative Aptitude Paper||Click here||35||35|
|3||English Language Paper||Click here||30||30|
Mains Exam Pattern Basically Common written exam (CWE) for Clerical cadre have 200 Objective type questions (IBPS Clerk Syllabus) Contains five sections Reasoning, English Language, Numerical Ability Test, General Awareness Test & Computer Knowledge.
Both Sections have same marks with time duration of 135 Minutes, and Negative marking is also applicable with an effect of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. Check table below.
|Sr No.||(Objective) Test Name||Syllabus||Marks||(Separately timed)|
|1||IBPS Reasoning Test||Click here||50||30 Min.|
|2||IBPS English Language Test||Click here||40||30 Min.|
|3||IBPS Quantitative Aptitude Test||Click here||50||30 Min.|
|4||IBPS General Awareness Test||Click here||40||25 Min.|
|5||IBPS Computer Knowledge Test||Click here||20||20 Min.|
The UPSC mains (written) examination consists of nine papers, two qualifying papers and seven papers counted for ranking. As per the latest syllabus, the number of optional subjects to be selected is reduced to one, though the weightage of the optional paper is only 500 marks. As per Civil services mains new pattern general studies papers consisting 1000 marks and Optional paper consists of two papers of 250 marks each. This is the complete list of optional subjects for (UPSC)civil services main examination. You have to opt for any one subject. Click on the subject name to view its syllabus.
- Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
- Civil Engineering
- Commerce and Accountancy
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Science
- Political Science and International Relations
- Public Administration
Note: You can opt for the literatures of a language as an optional subject, only if you have graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject.
Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English