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The Preliminary Examination for Civil Services Examination of Union Public Service. Commission  is also popularly called CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test. The CSAT is actually the second paper of General Studies that was introduced in 2011.

The preliminary examination of UPSC is for screening purpose only. The marks obtained in the UPSC prelims examination amount to a qualification to take the UPSC Main examination and will not be counted for determining a candidate’s final order of merit.



The Civil Services Main examination is designed to test the academic talent of the aspirant, also his/her ability to present his/ her knowledge in a clear and coherent manner.

Main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type, in which two papers are qualifying and only marks of seven are counted followed by a personality test (interview).

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This part of the exam comes only after the results of the mains exams are declared.
Candidates can give preference for the language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the translators. THE marks fetched in this stage of the exam is combined with the marks obtained in the UPSC mains.