Remember how I mentioned the Himalayan valley, reminding me of the UPSC syllabus? It was the UPSC Mains
syllabus that came to me at the time. The enormity of the UPSC Mains syllabus is capable of sending even the most experienced applicants into nervous chills.
This is due to the fact that only those applicants who pass Phase 1, or the Prelims, are eligible to take the Phase 2 or Mains exam. In other words, only those applicants who pass the UPSC Prelims exam with a score higher than
the UPSC cut-offs are eligible to take the Mains exam.
Fundamentally, the UPSC 2022 Mains exam is designed to evaluate your grasp of the many subjects covered by
the UPSC 2022 Mains syllabus, and it is designed to do so in a timed manner.
It’s worth noting that, with the exception of the two language papers in the UPSC Mains curriculum, all of the
papers can be written in any of the languages listed in Schedule 8 of the Indian Constitution.
Okay, now that we’ve covered the two language papers, it’s time to look at the UPSC Mains exams’ seven main papers. To help you better understand, I have provided a table listing all the subjects of the 7 papers comprising the UPSC Mains syllabus along with their weightage:
|Paper A||Any Indian Language (compulsory) – qualifying paper||300|
|Paper B||English – qualifying paper||300|
|Paper 1||Essay (you can choose to write it in a medium of your choice)||250|
|Paper 2||General Studies 1 (Indian and World History, Culture, Heritage, & Geography)||250|
|Paper 3||General Studies 2 (Polity, Constitution, Governance, International Relations & Social Justice)||250|
|Paper 4||General Studies 3 (Economic Development, Technology, Disaster Management & Security, Biodiversity)||250|
|Paper 5||General Studies 4 (Aptitude, Ethics, & Integrity)||250|
|Paper 6||Optional Subject: Paper 1||250|
|Paper 7||Optional Subject: Paper 2||250|