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UPSC Syllabus 2021 PDF – Download IAS Syllabus 2021 for Prelims and Mains Exam

UPSC Syllabus (IAS Syllabus) for Prelims and Mains

UPSC Syllabus for Civil Services (2021) Prelims, Mains Exam is provided as PDF here. Download IAS Syllabus by using the Print PDF option given on the right bottom of the page.

Every year UPSC conducts the IAS Exam under the prescribed UPSC Syllabus. However, having a clear idea of the UPSC Syllabus and proper methodology of study will help aspirants to tackle the dream of clearing the Civil Service Examination. Here is the list of UPSC Syllabus for Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

UPSC Syllabus for Civil Services Prelims Exam

Firstly, the Preliminary exam comprises of two papers and both are compulsory.  Each paper consists of 200 marks and of two hours duration.  In fact, both these papers are objective type and it will be in two sets [English and Hindi].

These papers are also considered as general studies-1 and general studies-2.  Although general studies paper -2 is only a qualifying paper, aspirants should obtain 33%of marks.  General studies -2 is also known as CSAT ( Civil Service Aptitude Test).

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims General Studies Paper 1

  1. Current affairs: This includes matters relating to current events, both national and international importance.
  2. History: It consists of the Indian national movement and history of India.
  3. Geography [Indian and world]: It comprises physical, social, economic geography.
  4. Environment: Aspirants should include environmental 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 –  Basic Science and Technologies which are is useful in our daily life

The duration is of two hours and marks out of 200.

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims – GeneralStudies 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.

The duration is of two hours and marks out of 200. Presently, this paper will not consider passing prelims. However, you have to secure a  minimum of 33% of 200 marks, ie 66 marks.

UPSC Syllabus for Civil Services Mains Exam

The marks you score for mains examination and interview sessions will decide your ranking. The UPSC mains consist of 1750 marks.  Moreover, the interview consists of 275 marks. UPSC mains consists of nine papers out of which seven are count 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 northeastern states. As a result, they only have to attempt the English language only.

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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: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude 250
Paper 6 Optional subject 1 250
Paper 7 Optional subject 2 250

 UPSC Syllabus 2021 for Interview

  1. The shortlisted candidate will be examined by an interview Board who will have before them a bio-data. He/she will be asked questions/opinions on matters of general interest. The aim of the interview is to examine the personal suitability of the aspirant for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased examiners. The personality test is meant to identify the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only the candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
  2. The technique of the personality test is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which aims to identify the mental qualities of the candidate.
  3. The personality test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their mains written papers. Also, aspirants are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own State or Country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should arouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

Sub total [Mains written test]:1750 marks

Interview test: 275 marks

Grand total: 2025 marks

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