UPSC Exam Syllabus for IAS Prelims, Mains and Interview

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The UPSC examination is considered as one of the toughest exams in India . Every year UPSC conducts IAS exam under prescribed syllabus . Having a clear idea of the UPSC syllabus and proper methodology of study will help aspirants to tackle the dream of clearing Civil Service Examination. Here is the list of syllabus as per UPSC .

UPSC Syllabus

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims

Preliminary exams comprise of two papers and both are compulsory.  Each paper consists of 200 marks and of two hours duration.

Both these papers are objective type and it will be in two sets [English and Hindi].

These papers are considered as general studies-1 and general studies-2. General studies paper -2 is only qualifying paper also known as CSAT , aspirants should obtain 33%of marks.

UPSC Syllabus for prelims paper -1

  1. Current affairs : This includes matters relating to current events, both national and international importance.
  2. History : It consists of Indian national movement and history of India.
  3. Geography [Indian and world] : It comprises of physical, social, economic geography.
  4. Environment: Aspirants should include environment ecology,   biodiversity and general issues on climatic change and general science.
  5. Indian polity and governance : Constitution of India, political system, panchayati raj etc.
  6. Economics : It consists of social sector initiatives, sustainable development, inclusion, demographics poverty etc.
  7. General Science

Duration is of two hours and marks out of 200.

 UPSC syllabus for prelims paper-2 ( CSAT )

  1. Problem- solving and decision- making.
  2. General mental ability.
  3. Comprehension
  4. Analytical and logical reasoning.
  5. Data interpretation.
  6. Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

Duration is of two hours and marks out of 200 .This paper will not considered to pass prelims but u have to secure a  minimum of 33% of 200 marks,ie 66 marks .

UPSC Syllabus for mains exams

The marks you score for mains examination and interview session will decide your ranking. The UPSC mains consist of 1750 marks and interview consists of 275 marks. UPSC mains include nine papers out of which seven are considered for final ranking. The rest two are language papers in which aspirants should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC every year. But there is an exception for candidates residing in north eastern states. They only have to attempt English language only.

Paper –A(Indian Language) 

Candidates should select any one of the Indian languages included in the eighth schedule of Indian constitution.This paper is not compulsory for candidates coming from  the states of Mizoram,Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim,Meghalaya, Manipur,Nagaland.300 marks.

Paper-B : English language -syllabus

UPSC papers counted for final ranking

PaperSubject & ContentMarks
Paper 1Essay250
Paper 2GS 1-Syllabus :Culture and Indian Heritage, History and Geography of world250
Paper 3GS 2-Syllabus: Constitution, Governance, polity, social justice and international relations250
Paper 4GS 3-Syllabus: Economic development, Technology, Environment and biodiversity, Disaster management and security.250
Paper 5GS 4-Syllabus  : Aptitude, integrity and Ethics250
Paper 6Optional subject 1250




Paper 7Optional subject 2250

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C: Interview TestUPSC syllabus

  1. Interview conducted by an interview board, whom having a record of candidate’s career beforehand.  Questions are mainly on matters of general interest. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. Candidate mental caliber is judged through Personality test . In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. The qualities assessed include  are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which aims to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
  2. The  objective of interview test is not to test the specialized or general knowledge of the aspirants.Candidates already showed their excellence in general and  specialized knowledge through  their mains written examination .Candidates should view this as  an intelligent interest both academic sand events, but also in the events  happening around them.These events include that are nationally and internationally significant . Apart from this candidates should exhibit their intelligent interest in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth . 

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Sub total [written test]: 1750marks

Personality test              : 275marks

Grand total                      : 2025 marksghatters

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