UPSC CSE 2022 mains exam tomorrow; Know test timings and pattern here

UPSC IAS 2022 mains exam will be conducted on November 16, 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2022 in offline pen and paper-based mode. Check UPSC CSE 2022 exam pattern and timings.

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Prabakaran K | Sep 15, 2022 - 10 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Union Public Services Commission is scheduled to begin the UPSC Civil Services Main exam tomorrow, September 16. The UPSC IAS 2022 mains exam will be conducted in a pen and paper-based mode on November 16, 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2022. As per the UPSC IAS exam schedule 2022, the Civil Services exam will be held in two sessions every day.

The UPSC CSE 2022 forenoon session will be conducted from 9 am to 12 noon and the 2nd session will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm. As per the UPSC IAS mains exam pattern 2022, there is a total of 9 papers. Candidates need to secure a minimum of 25% score in their optional subject along with the other subjects.

UPSC IAS 2022 mains exam dates and timings

Morning session (9 am to 12 noon)

Afternoon session (2 pm to 5 pm)


Paper‐I Essay

No Paper

September 16, 2022

Paper‐II General Studies‐I

Paper‐III General Studies‐II

September 17, 2022

Paper‐IV General Studies‐III

Paper‐V General Studies‐IV

September 18, 2022

Paper‐A Indian Language

Paper‐B English

September 24, 2022

Paper‐VI Optional Subject-Paper 1

Paper‐VII Optional Subject‐Paper 2

September 25, 2022

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UPSC IAS 2022 exam pattern (mains)

Candidates can check the table below to know the detailed exam pattern of UPSC Civil Services exam 2022.



Number of papers


Language of paper



Descriptive paper - Candidates can appear for a language paper in 22 languages mentioned in 8th schedule of the Indian constitution.

Duration of exam

Three hours (each paper)


1. Compulsory Indian language

2. English

3. Essay

  • General studies I

  • General studies II

  • General studies III

  • General studies IV

  • Optional I

  • Optional II

Number of questions

  • Part A and B - 300 questions each

  • General studies & optional paper - 250 questions each

Maximum marks


About UPSC CSE exam 2022

The UPSC IAS 2022 selection process has three major stages - preliminary, mains and interview. Candidates qualifying in all the stages of the UPSC Civil Services 2022 exam will be recruited as Group A & B officers to different posts.

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