UPSC Syllabus, IAS Syllabus for Prelims and Mains Exam

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UPSC Syllabus - Prelims and MainsThe Civil Service Examination 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 2018 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 for Prelims

Preliminary exam 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.

Also read : IAS Books for Civil Services Exam Preparation

 UPSC syllabus for prelims paper-2 ( CSAT )UPSC Syllabus - 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 skill.

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.

Also read IAS Exam pattern, Eligibility, Attempt and Age Limit

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. However, 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

Paper Subject & Content Marks
Paper 1 Essay 250
Paper 2 GS 1-Syllabus :Culture and Indian Heritage, History and Geography of world 250
Paper 3 GS 2-Syllabus: Constitution, Governance, polity, social justice and international relations 250
Paper 4 GS 3-Syllabus: Economic development, Technology, Environment and biodiversity, Disaster management and security. 250
Paper 5 GS 4-Syllabus  : Aptitude, integrity and Ethics 250
Paper 6 Optional subject 1 250




Paper 7 Optional subject 2 250

Also read : How to select Optional Subject for IAS Exam ?

Sub total [written test]     : 1750 marks

Personality test              :  275 marks

Grand total                     : 2025 marks 

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