UPSC Mains Syllabus-Get the Complete IAS syllabus or civil services syllabus , subject wise in details from


The Main Examination aims to assess in-depth of understanding and overall intellectual traits rather than merely the range of their knowledge and memory. It comprises of 9 papers in total consisting of conventional essay type questions.


Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper)

300 Marks


English (Qualifying Paper)

300 Marks



250 Marks

Papers IV, V, VI & VII

General Studies (250 Marks for each paper)

1000 Marks

Papers VIII & IX

Any one Optional subject (which contains 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (250 marks for each paper)

500 Marks

Total Marks for Written Examination

1750 Marks

The duration of the course is 3 months. The academy prepares students for all the 4 papers of GS, optional paper and essay besides perfecting their writing skills and developing administrative traits in them. Good preparation starts with elimination of all doubts at elementary level, factoring in that we let aspirants undergo 6 hours of extensive teaching with emphasis on elucidating all the doubts at basic level. Participative learning allows students to get their doubts cleared up instantly and weed out all sorts of confusion.

Chanakya IAS Academy also provides preparation for ‘Only GS Subjects’ as per the requirement of the students. Only GS contains the following:

Civil Services Mains examination (GS)
Paper Subject
General studies I General Studies I ((Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
General Studies II General Studies II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
General Studies III General Studies III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
General Studies IV General Studies IV(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Chanakya’s ‘Mains Advanced programme’ is an intensive but consolidated program with special focus on writing practice. It aims at preparing a candidate for the main exam in advance much before the result of the Prelims is out. The important topics for the current year are covered by Lectures and Group Discussions which are further supplemented with model tests on the pattern of the Main Exam. The students have to undergo rigorous answer-writing practice while sticking to the word-limit and the time limit.

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