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    What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    I want to apply for civil services exam but i have heard about the two -UPSC prelims and UPSC mains exam .so what is the difference between these two and what is the eligibility criteria to apply in these two exams.

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    Dear sir,There is a big difference between UPSC PRE AND UPSC MAINS.PRE PAPER has objective type while MAINS has subjective type.If you would qualify in PRE than you will be eligible to MAINS and than INTERVIEW.For maximum examinations of UPSC the eligibility criteria is GRADUATION.

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    UPSC prelims and upsc main are two phases of same upsc exam. if u are a graduate student and below 30 years of age then u can appear for UPSC prelims. and if u clear this then u will eligible to appear in UPSC mains exam.

    UPSC prelims is objective type aptitude test, common for all candidates
    but mains is subjective type and based on what subject u choose as optional subjects

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    Dear Guest,

    * Yes these two are different stages of exams.

    * Preliminary exam is objective type whereas Mains is a written exam.

    * Any person who qualified the eligibilty criteria; who is between 21-30 or has benefit of age relaxation and is graduate can apply for preliminary exam.

    * Only candidates who are qualified in preliminary and listed by UPSC for mains exam can apply and appear in Mains examination.


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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    UPSC prelims are conducted first which comprises of objective type questions based on general intelligence qualifying which you will be allowed to sit for the mains exams which is of descriptive type.So,to sit for mains,you got to pass prelims.Good Luck!

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    Hello,
    When you apply in UPSC Civil Services exam then first you have to give the UPSC Prelims exam. After Qualifying UPSC Prelims you can go for the UPSC Mains exam

    The UPSC Mains and Prelims exams syllabus are different. You should choose three optional subjects in UPSC Mains. For the Optional subjects you should go for this link CLICK HERE

    Otherwise you can also see at www.upsc.gov.in the mains optional subjects.

    The syllabus for the Prelims is same for all candidates. The syllabus is here:


    PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
    The Examination shall comprise two compulsory

    papers of 200 marks each.
    Paper I - (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
    1. Current events of national and internationalimportance.
    2. History of India and Indian National Movement.
    3. Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
    4. Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
    5. Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
    6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation
    7. General Science.

    Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
    1. Comprehension
    2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
    3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
    4. Decision-making and problem solving
    5. General mental ability
    6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation(charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
    7. English Language Comprehension
    skills (Class X level).

    Wish you all the best
    Homi Kohli
    homi.kohli@gmail.com

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    UPSC prelims is the preliminary or primary test taken by the government..those who pass these test gets chance to give the mains exam..the eligibility criteria for appearing in the preliminary is the candidate has to be graduate and of the age within 21-30 years..

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    to appear for UPSC IAS exam one must have a degree.

    CIVIL SERVICE EXAM has 2 parts

    PRELMINARY EXAM
    MAIN EXAM

    PRELIMS is objective type paper. it has 2 papers for 200 marks each.

    PAPER 1 relates to national & international issues (gk)
    PAPER 2 relaes to english, aptitude, reasoning.

    MAIN EXAM

    PAPER 3 has two optional subjects ( each 300 marks)
    PAPER 4 has general studies (each 300 marks)
    PAPER 5 essay (each 200 marks) totally 2000 marks
    also it has two language paper - one in any Indian language & one in general english.
    must clear this language paper but they wont consider this language marks for rank.
    there are 25 optional subjects.

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    Hai dear, the very basic difference is both are steps of a ladder if you cannot reach one you also cannot reach other, So for in-general test the prelim has been held, after passing of prelim you are qualify for main exam. And the Eligibility are same for both this two, just graduation in any recognized university of India. Best of luck.

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    upsc conisisty of 2 phases 1st of is preliminary test kind of screening,consist of paper 1 and paper 2 of 2hrs duration of exam objective type.and den wen u get through this preliminary u r eligible for mains notification will be given for this also eligible candidates can apply .n u must be a graduate in ant displine.

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    No , upsc preliminary and upsc main exam are not same. These are differente exam. upsc preliminary is conducted first. if you pass this exam then you can give upsc main exam.Eligibility 1 student must be indian 2.Number of AttemptsFour attempts for open, seven for OBCs and no limit for SCs/STs. If a person appears in the Preliminary Examination or even one paper is counted as an attempt.3 student must've completed his graduation , final year students are also eligible 4 age limit 21 to 30 years for general students maximum 33 years for OBC and 35 for SC ST students

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    upsc prelims is of objective nature.those who are successful in prelims can go for mains.mains is of descriptive nature. for mains syllabus visit www.upsc.gov.in Graduate from a recognized university can apply for upsc

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    upsc civil services examination is the top most exam conducted by upsc .

    the civil services exam is conducted in two stages .

    PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

    MAINS EXAMINATION

    the PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION and the MAINS EXAMINATION is totally different.

    according to the eligibility criteria for the civil services exam
    aspirant should have completed graduation or engineering from a recognized university under ugc.

    all graduate students who apply for the upsc civil services examination become
    directly eligible for the upsc civil services preliminary exam.it is the first stage of this exam.

    the candidate who clear the preliminary examination stage are eligible for the mains examination.
    and thus called by upsc for the mains examination.


    apart form that the examination pattern for
    the preliminary examination and the mains examination is different in various respects .

    all the best

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    all candidates who apply for civil services exam and who meet the eligibility criteria can write UPSC preliminary exam.
    Eligibilty criteria:
    age: 21-30 years for general category
    for OBC candidates upper age is relaxable by 3 years
    for SC/ST upper age is relaxable by 5 years
    number of attempts 4 (general) , 7 (OBC), SC/ST - no limits
    educational qualification is a bachelor's degree
    preliminary exam is of multiple choice type with 2 papers and 200 marks for each. There is a penalty for wrong answers too. Paper 1 is general studies which tests the general knowledge of the candidate, his understanding of the environment around him, its various implications, history of the country, freedom movement etc. Paper 2 is CSAT, which tests the candidates mental ability, language skills, time management skills etc
    Mains exam is completely descriptive type with 9 papers and total of 300 marks. All candidates who have cleared preliminary exam can write mains examination. The marks of preliminary is of qualifying nature only,it is not added further in the process. In mains candidate has to choose, 2 optional subjects from the list. apart from this there is also 1 Essay paper and 2 general studies paper

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    DEAR FRIEND ,

    THERE IS NO ANY DEFERENCE IN PRELIMINARY EXAM OR MAINS EXAM IT IS A PART OF

    UPSC EXAM .BECAUSE UPSC EXAM HAVE THREE MAJOR STEPS OF EXAM . IN THAT STEPS FIRST STEP

    IS

    PRELIMINARY EXAM AND SECOND EXAM . YES BOTH PATTERNS ARE DIFFERENT BUT NOT A VERY BIG

    DEFERENCE IN BOTH EXAM'S STEPS .






    CS (Preliminary)



    (A) Tentative Schedule
    (i) Notification of Examination November/December of previous year
    (ii) Conduct of Examination May

    (B) Age - limits: 21-30 years as on 1st August of the year of Examination.
    Certain categories of persons as specified in the Commission's Notice as published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar are eligible for age relaxation.

    (C) Educational Qualification
    Degree of a Recognised University or equivalent.
    Candidates appearing in the requisite Degree qualification are also eligible for appearing in the examination, however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with with Detailed Application Form for Civil Services (Main) Examination.

    Scheme of CS (Preliminary) Examination
    The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type (multiple-choice questions) carrying a maximum of 400 marks.
    The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi
    General Studies Paper - I 200 Marks
    General Studies Paper - II 200 Marks

    Statistical Data CS (Preliminary)
    Year of Exam No of Candidates
    Applied Appeared
    1997 2,65,761 1,30,198
    1998 2,71,517 1,22,363
    1999 3,09,501 1,35,086
    2000 2,25,555 1,19,398
    2001 2,56,673 1,38,240
    2002 3,01,585 1,57,486

    Note : For further details, please refer to the Commission's Notice when it is published in the Employment News and some of the leading newspapers.
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    CS (Main)

    Tentative Date of Examination : October - November

    Scheme
    List of Optional Subjects
    List of Optional Subjects (Literature)
    Statistical Data
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    Scheme - CS (Main)
    Paper-I One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the VIIIth Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
    Paper-II English (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
    Paper-III Essay 200 Marks
    Papers IV & V General Studies (300 Marks for each paper) 600 Marks
    Papers VI, VII, VIII & IX Any two subjects (each having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (300 marks for each paper) 1200 Marks
    Total Marks for Written Examination 2000 Marks
    Interview Test 300 Marks
    Grand Total 2300 Marks


    List of Optional Subjects - CS (Main) - (Total 25)
    See Note below List of Optional Subjects (Literature)
    Agriculture Management
    Animal Husbandry & Vetinary Science Mathematics
    Anthropology Mechanical Engineering
    Botany Medical Science
    Chemistry Philosophy
    Civil Engineering Physics
    Commerce & Accountancy Political Science & International Relations
    Economics Psychology
    Electrical Engineering Public Administration
    Geography Sociology
    Geology Statistics
    Indian History Zoology
    Law
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    List of Optional Subjects (Literature) - CS (Main) - (Total 26)
    Arabic Gujarati Manipuri Sanskrit
    Assamese Hindi Nepali Sindhi
    Bengali Kannada Oriya Tamil
    Chinese Kashmiri Pali Telugu
    English Konkani Persian Urdu
    French Marathi Punjabi
    German Malayalam Russian

    Note : Total Optional Subjects : 51


    Note (i) : Candidates have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers, viz, Paper-I and Paper-II, in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English


    Note (ii) : Candidates who have opted for an Indian Language as language medium for the Main Examination have an option of being interviewed either in English or in the same language which they have opted for the Main Examination


    Statistical Data - CS (Main)


    Year Of Exam Vacancies Candidates Recommended
    SC ST OBC GEN TOTAL SC ST OBC GEN TOTAL
    1995 98 49 165 333 645 101 49 192 303 645
    1996 125 57 174 383 739 138 59 212 330 739
    1997 89 43 166 323 621 94 46 215 266 621
    1998 53 28 114 275 470 60 30 142 238 470
    1999 53 27 97 234 411 63 30 127 191 411
    2000 54 29 100 244 427 58 34 128 207 427
    2001 47 39 97 234 417 52 42 131 192 417
    2002 38 22 88 162 310 38 22 88 138 286

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

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    I want to apply for civil services exam but i have heard about the two -UPSC prelims and UPSC mains exam .so what is the difference between these two and what is the eligibility criteria to apply in these two exams.
    Dear Friend,

    UPSC conducts 2 examinations for Civil Services Cadre.
    Prelims Examination
    Main Examination.

    Prelims examination is conducted to pick out the eligible candidate who can appear in Main Examination.
    It is competitive in nature designed to select the best candidates who have scored higher in prelims so they are in position to apply for Main examination.
    Prelims is mostly held to select the best from rest.
    Either you qualify for main or get disqualify, It is as simple as it is.

    Main examination is conducted to select the Best Intellectuals who can work with Government, To Serve the nation.
    This examination will have varied types of examination from objective type to essay type to using your own intellectual ability to answer a particular question.
    It is said UPSC Main examination is one of the toughest examination in the whole Asia.
    so you can imagine how important and tough this examination will be.

    So start preparing yourself now for the examination.

    All the best.

    Regards.

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    Re: What is the difference between UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains exam? Are they same and who can appear in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

    dear friend

    There is a big difference between UPSC prelims and upsc mains examinations.

    UPSC is the union public services commission which conducts the Civil services examinations for the prestigious post like IAS,IPS and IPS etc.

    The Civil services examination is conducted in three stages :

    >>Preliminary test

    >>Mains examination

    >>personal interview


    So,dear ,aspirants who qualify for prelims and are eligible to appear for the UPSC mains examination.

    The eligibility criteria for the Civil services examinations:

    >>Bachelor's degree in any stream from a recognised univeristy.

    >>Final year students are eligible for the examinations.

    >>only passing % of marks is required.

    >>However better % of marks will improve your impression in personal interview.


    Age limitations:

    >>General:21-30 years

    >>OBC: 21-33 years

    >>sc/st: 21-35 years.

    Hope the information helps you.

    all the best

    aashisranjan784



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