The objective of the Civil Services (Main) Examination is to select candidates for the various A-Grade services and posts of the Union Government.
To achieve this U.P.S.C. has mentioned that the main examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.
So, to evaluate candidate’s this trait, the main examination will consist of written examinations on various subjects. Written examination will consist of 9 papers, which carries total 2000 marks. In Main Examination General Studies papers carries 600 marks (Two papers), along with two optional subjects which carries 600 marks each (Two papers for first & second optional subjects, total four papers), plus one Essay paper comprises 200 marks. So the total marks of the Main Exam is 2000 marks. Moreover candidates must qualify the Compulsory papers for evaluation of their Mains Optional papers, Hence Compulsory papers are qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking purpose.