IAS Exam, also known as Indian Administrative Service, is a national level competition exam conducted by UPSC annually to recruit candidates for civil services like IPS, IFS (Foreign), IAAS, IRS, IDAS, CAPF-AF, and others. Nearly 3 lac candidates appear for the Civil Services Examinations each year.

Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) is conducting the IAS Mains Exam from September 20 - 29, 2019. To help candidates know about the difficulty level of the paper, we are providing detailed UPSC IAS Mains Analysis here.

  • The UPSC IAS Mains Exam is conducted in offline mode.
  • Each paper consists of 250 marks and there is 3 hours time for completing the exam.
  • There are a total of 9 papers. Candidates will be tested 
  • Going through the analysis will help candidates to know what is the difficulty level of the paper, how many questions appear from each topic, and the number of good attempts.

UPSC IAS Exam Analysis 2019

We will keep updating the analysis of each subject after completion of each shift. Check out the IAS Mains 2019 Exam Analysis for all papers here.

  • We provide the live analysis as per the feedbacks and reviews received by students.
  • Know the analysis and prepare accordingly. 

IAS Mains Exam Analysis for September 22, 2019

Check out the below PDF to know the difficulty level of the GS 3 and GS 4 question paper. Candidates appearing for IAS exam must go through these questions and practice more.

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IAS Mains Analysis of September 21, 2019 (Afternoon Session)

Here is the GS 2 analysis. Check out the IAS Mains General Studies 2 question paper below.

Check IAS Mains General Studies 2 Paper

IAS Mains Exam Analysis September 21, 2019 (Morning Session)

Here is Today's exam analysis. Go through the below General Studies 1 paper. Practice these questions and enhance your preparation for the next papers. 

Check IAS Mains General Studies 1 Paper

UPSC IAS Exam Analysis 2019 - Essay Paper 1

Here is the Essay question paper below. Go through the questions and know the different types of questions.

Date Morning Session (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Difficulty Level / No. of Questions Afternoon Session (02:00 PM - 05:00 PM) Difficulty Level / No. of Questions
20.09.2019 (Friday)

Paper-I; Essay

 Moderate / 8 questions - -

21.09.2019 (Saturday)

Paper-II; General Studies-I

Moderate / 20 Questions

Paper-III; General Studies-II


22.09.2019 (Sunday)

Paper-IV; General Studies-III


Paper-V; General Studies-IV


28.09.2019 (Saturday)

Paper-A; Indian Language    Paper-B; English  

29.09.2019 (Sunday)

Paper-VI - Optional Paper-I   Paper-VII; Optional Paper-II  

UPSC IAS Mains Exam Analysis 2018

Take a look at the previous year analysis to know the difficulty level of the paper. Here is the glimpse of UPSC IAS Mains Exam Analysis for 2018

  • The GS Paper 1 is broadly divided into four categories: Indian Heritage, Art & Culture, History, Indian Society, World Geography
  • Here is the overall exam analysis table that tells you how many questions are asked from each topic and what are the questions.
Topic No. of Questions
Indian Heritage and Culture 1
History of Modern India and World 5
Indian Society 7
World Geography 7

Questions Appeared from GS Paper 1

1. importance of the accounts of Chinese and Arab travelers in the reconstruction of the history of India.

2. traditional fact-based question related to Bhakti Movement

3. British era Indian history

4. caste, eradication of poverty and secularism 

5. traditional questions on Geography related to mantle plume and dead zones

IAS Exam Pattern for UPSC Mains

The UPSC exam pattern for the Mains stage consists of 9 papers conducted over a period of 5-7 days.

Only those candidates who secure at least the declared cut off in General Studies I and 33% in General Studies II in Prelims will be allowed to appear for the Mains Examination.

As per the exam pattern of UPSC Mains, all of the papers consist of descriptive answer type questions. The details of UPSC Mains Exam are given below: 

Paper A Compulsory Indian Language 3 HOURS 300
Paper B English 3 HOURS 300
Paper I Essay 3 HOURS 250
Paper II General Studies I 3 HOURS 250
Paper III General Studies II 3 HOURS 250
Paper IV General Studies III 3 HOURS 250
Paper V General Studies IV 3 HOURS 250
Paper VI Optional I 3 HOURS 250
Paper VII Optional II 3 HOURS 250

Points to Remember about IAS Prelims:

  • The exam has been conducted Offline i.e. the pen and paper mode.
  • 1/3rd Negative Marking is there for every wrong answer.
  • IAS Prelims is qualifying in nature. Candidates have to get a minimum of 33 % to be qualified for the Mains.
  • All questions will be objective in nature. Candidates will be required to choose any one of the 4 answer choices given for each question.
  • The number of candidates to be admitted to Mains will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.


  • The questions were well above the difficulty level of the common UPSC IAS aspirants.
  • The paper asked a variety of questions and the options made the questions trickier.
  • One important noticeable change that has been seen in the paper, was the increased number of applied questions.
  • UPSC always plays this type of games with the mind of aspirants to confuse them.

In this post, we are providing the complete exam analysis of UPSC Civil Services exam that will give you a brief idea of the questions asked in the exam.

IAS Prelims Analysis for General Studies

Given below are the topics asked in the general studies section for IAS Prelims:

  • Current events of national and international importance,
  • History of India and Indian National Movement,
  • Indian and World Geography
  • Indian Polity and Governance,
  • Economic and Social Development,
  • General issues on Environmental ecology,
  • Bio-diversity and Climate Change and
  • General Science.

IAS Exam Analysis for GENERAL STUDIES (CSAT) | Exam-2

The second paper is of qualifying nature and included questions from the following subjects:

  • Comprehension;
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
  • Decision making and problem-solving;
  • General mental ability;
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level),
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level)