The examination schedule for the Civil Services Exam (CSE) Main has been released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at its official website, upsc.gov.in. Those candidates who have cleared the UPSC CSE Preliminary result 2019 are the ones who are eligible to appear for the Mains exam to begin from September 20.
The UPSC CSE Mains 2019 exam will be conducted from September 20 to September 29. On June 2, the preliminary exam was held and those who will clear the Mains will have to appear for the interview round. The interview will have 275 marks with no minimum marks for qualifying. The written examination will have nine papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature.
The UPSC CSE exams will be conducted in two sessions, forenoon and afternoon. The forenoon session will start from 9 am and continue till noon and afternoon between 2 pm to 5 pm. On day 1, i.e September 20, no examination will be held in the afternoon shift. During the morning shift, the Paper-I essay will be conducted followed by general studies I to IV (paper II to V), one in each session on the weekend.
The examination for Indian languages will be held on September 28 in the morning shift and English exam in afternoon shift. The examination for optional papers will be conducted on September 29.