(IAS PLANNER) Mains Examination


B. Mains Examination

Mains examination comprises two stages:

B. Main Examination

The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Qualifying Papers:

Paper : A - (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution). 300 Marks

Paper : B English 300 Marks

Papers to be counted for merit

Paper Subject Name Marks
Paper-1 Essay 250
Paper-2 General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250
Paper-3 General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250
Paper-4 General Studies –III  (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250
Paper-5 General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250
Paper-6 Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper-7 Optional Subject – Paper 2 250
  Sub Total (Written test) 1750
  Personality Test 275
  Grand Total 2025

NOTE (i) The papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature; the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

NOTE (ii) Evaluation of the papers, namely,'Essay, 'General Studies' and Optional Subjects of all candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on 'Indian languages' and English' but the papers on 'Essay', General Studies' and 'Optional Subjects' of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of as attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on 'Indian language' and 'English' and, therefore, the marks in 'Essay' 'General studies and Optional subjects' will not be disclosed to those candidates who fail to obtain such minimum qualifying standard in 'Indian language and 'English'.

NOTE (iii) The paper-I on Indian Languages will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.

NOTE (iv) For the Language papers, the script to be used by the candidates will beas under :–

Language Script
Assamese Assamese
Bengali Bengali
Bodo Devanagari
Dogri Devanagari
Gujarati Gujarati
Hindi Devanagari
Kannada Kannada
Kashmiri Persian
Konkani Devanagari
Maithili Devanagari
Malayalam Malayalam
Manipuri Bengali
Marathi Devanagari
Nepali Devanagari
Oriya Oriya
Punjabi Gurumukhi
Sanskrit Devanagari
Santali Devanagari or Olchiki
Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil Tamil
Telugu Telugu
Urdu Persian

NOTE : For Santali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

List of optional subjects for Main Examination (two subjects need to be chosen from the list given below)

Agriculture Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Anthropology Botany
Chemistry Civil Engineering
Commerce and Accountancy Economics
Electrical Engineering Geography
Geology History
Law Management
Mathematics Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science Philosophy
Physics Political Science and International Relations
Psychology Public Administration
Sociology Statistics
Zoology Literature any one (given below)

Literature of one of the following languages :

Arabic Assamese Bodo Bengali Chinese Santali
Dogri English French German Persian Sindhi
Gujarati Hindi Kannada Kashmiri Punjabi Tamil
Konkani Maithili Malayalam Manipuri Russian Telugu
Marathi Nepali Oriya Pali Sanskrit Urdu

NOTES: (i) Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subjects:

1 Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration;
2 Commerce & Accountancy and Management;
3 Anthropology and Sociology;
4 Mathematics and Statistics;
5 Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
6 Management and Public Administration;
7 Of the Engineering subjects, viz., Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering
8 and Mechanical Engineering–not more than one subject.
9 Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science.

(ii) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.

(iii) Each paper will be of three hours duration. Blind candidates will; however, be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.

(iv) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers viz. Papers I and II above in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English.

(v) Candidates exercising the option to answer papers III to IX in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them.
Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases, their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.

(vi) The question papers other than language papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

(vii) The details of the syllabi are set out in Part B of Section-III.

Compulsory Subjects Syllabus

Optional Subjects Syllabus