UPSC Mains 2023 Question Papers- Essay | GS Papers | Language Papers | Optional Papers

As we all know that UPSC CSE Mains examination is going on and all the future aspirants will be looking for the question paper everywhere. Therefore, for your convenience, we are creating a single post, where we will list out all the UPSC mains 2023 Question Papers. You will be able to access all the related posts released by us, in the below given list.

UPSC mains 2023 was started on 15th September 2023 and the last paper will be conducted on 24th September.

Following is the list of the released papers.

UPSC Mains 2023 Question Papers List 


UPSC CSE Main exam 2023 schedule

DateForenoon sessionAfternoon session
September 15Paper I EssayNo paper
September 16Paper -II

General Studies-I


General Studies-II

September 17Paper -IV

General Studies-III

Paper -V

General Studies-IV

September 23Paper- A

Indian Language

Paper B


September 24Paper-VI

Optional Subject paper-1


Optional Subject Paper -2

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What is the pattern of UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination?

The UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination is a comprehensive examination that assesses a candidate’s knowledge, analytical abilities, and suitability for a career in the civil services. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the Mains examination pattern:

The Civil Services Mains Examination consists of a written examination and an interview.

Written Examination:

The written examination comprises nine papers, two of which are qualifying in nature, and the remaining seven are ranked. Each paper lasts for 3 hours. Here’s the format:

  1. Qualifying Papers:
    • Paper A: One of the Indian languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying) – 300 marks.
    • Paper B: English (Qualifying) – 300 marks.
  2. Papers for Merit:
    • Paper I: Essay – 250 marks.
    • Paper II: General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history, and geography of the world and society) – 250 marks.
    • Paper III: General Studies II (Governance, constitution, policy, social justice, and international relations) – 250 marks.
    • Paper IV: General Studies III (Technology, economic development, bio-diversity, environment, security, and disaster management) – 250 marks.
    • Paper V: General Studies IV (Ethics, integrity, and aptitude) – 250 marks.
    • Paper VI: Optional Subject Paper I – 250 marks.
    • Paper VII: Optional Subject Paper II – 250 marks.

The total marks for the written test are 1750.

Optional Subjects:

Candidates can choose one optional subject for Papers VI and VII from a list that includes subjects like Agriculture, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce and Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Literature of any one of the languages listed above, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, and Zoology.

UPSC Mains 2023 question paper

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