The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examination every year for recruitment to various prestigious positions in the Government of India. This article aims to give the reader an overview of the UPSC exam pattern and syllabus for CSE 2020.
The UPSC Civil Services Examination, commonly known as the IAS/IPS/IFS exam due to the high visibility and popularity of the Indian Administrative Service as a career option, is considered to be the toughest examination in India. It has earned this moniker partly due to the intense competition and partly due to the vast UPSC Syllabus. Apart from that, the exam pattern for UPSC CSE is quite complicated and a typical examination cycle lasts for almost a year from the preliminary exam till the final results are declared.
The pattern of UPSC examination is officially divided into two stages called Preliminary and Main Examination while in practice, it is a three-stage exam.
As per the IAS/IPS/IFS exam pattern, candidates who clear the Prelims are eligible for Mains and candidates who clear the Main reach the interview stage. The three stages of the IAS/IPS/IFS exam are Prelims, Mains and Personality Test.