UPSC CSE 2019 : Eligibility, Optional Subjects, Interview

The civil services examination is the most important and exclusive exam that has been conducted under the authority of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

The CSE which is largely known by UPSC(IAS) Mains is attended by a large number of aspirants for the post in various Indian Service Organizations. The aspirants who clear the preliminary CSE examination which is to be conducted in June 2019 will join the Mains.

They can get admitted in Mains filling in the application form accompanied by eligibility criteria. They must pay attention while online registration which takes two

Eligibility Criteria: 

An entrant registered for the preliminary examination result will be considered able for DAF for CSE Mains examination. From time to time, a contender who possesses professional and technical credentials are appropriate to gain an admission in the Mains examination.

Civil Services Mains Format

Paper Subject Marks
Paper A (One of the Indian languages listed below, to be selected by the candidate (from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India) (Qualifying) 300
Paper B English (Qualifying) 300
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society) 250
Paper III General Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice and international relations) 250
Paper IV General Studies III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security, and disaster management) 250
Paper V General Studies IV(ethics, integrity, and aptitude) 250
Papers VI, VII Two papers on subjects to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks for each paper) 500
Sub Total (Written Test) 1750
Personality Test (Interview) 275
Total Marks 2025


The preliminary examination, now widely known by way of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is consisting of General Studies Paper-1 and Paper-2), with the aim to put emphasis on analytical abilities and understanding instead of the ability to remember. The pattern comprises two papers with timing set by two hours 200 marks each. The both of the papers have objective type questions.

  • Paper I includes the current events, history of India and Indian national movement, Indian and world geography, Indian polity Panchayati Raj system and governance, economic and social development, environmental ecology, biodiversity, climate change and general science, Art and culture.
  • Paper II puts students to test on the subject of comprehension, interpersonal skills, communication, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision making, problem-solving, basic numeracy, data interpretation, English language comprehension skills and mental ability

The optional subjects 

Public administration is one of the furthermost preferred optional subjects in Mains examination as per contents partly matching to other subjects including Current Affairs, History, Polity. The standards of Optional papers.

Paper I is theoretical but Paper II is frequently covered by Current Affairs and questions will be application orientated.

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature of any one of the non-English languages listed above
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology


The Personality Test is named as Interview is conducted with the purpose of estimating the personal suitability of the entrant public service by the board and impartial viewers. The test is proposed to gauge the mental skill of an entrant. The abilities to be referred are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion and leadership, and intellectual and moral integrity.