The Union Public Service Commission conducts Civil Services examination for various departments. The examination is conducted at two levels such as preliminary and main examination. The preliminary is an objective type examination upon which the candidates are qualified for mains and the main examination comprises of written and interview process. For the year 2017, the exam is conducted for about 980 seats across the nation.

Schedule for UPSC Civil Services Mains 2017:

The UPSC publishes the schedule for the Civil Services Mains examination 2017. The examination will be conducted from October 28th to November 3rd. The prelims examination for the UPSC 2017 has been completed in the month of June in various centers across the country and the results were declared in July. All the candidates who are qualified from the prelims examination can be admitted for the mains examination and are requested to fill the Detailed Application Form (DAF) from 17th August. The DAF and the guidelines to fill the form will be available in the commission’s official website –

The detailed examination schedule is given below,

  • Paper 1will be the essay paper and will be conducted in the morning session on October 28 and there will be no paper in the afternoon session.
  • There are four general studies papers. The four papers will be conducted on 30th and 31st The exam will be conducted in two sessions.
  • The language papers are scheduled to take place on November 1st. The morning session is allotted for Indian language papers and the afternoon session is for English paper. There are about 22 languages listed in the constitution that can be opted as an Indian language paper.
  • The UPSC applicants have to attend two optional papers on November 3rd. The detailed list of optional papers will be available on the commission’s website.
  • The morning session will be held from 9 am to 12 noon and the afternoon session will be from 2 to 5 pm. There will not be any examinations on, 29th October and 2nd November, Sundays.

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