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  • UPSC Syllabus – (CSE) IAS,IPS etc Syllabus For Prelims / Mains

    Welcome to “New KCA”

    Here, you will find the complete UPSC syllabus for the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The Civil Services Examination is widely considered as one of the toughest and the most prestigious examinations conducted in India.

    To understand the UPSC exam, one needs to understand the IAS syllabus. This helps to eliminate wasteful efforts like reading unnecessary topics leading to a loss of time and keeps one strictly aligned to the expectations of the UPSC from day one.

    The IAS syllabus can be found at the UPSC official website or scroll down to download the UPSC syllabus pdf for both Prelims and Mains.

    UPSC Exam Pattern
    The Civil services exam is conducted in three phases:

    Phase Exam Based Subject No of Questions Marks Time
    1   Preliminary   Objective (I)    GS 100 200 2 Hours
    (II)   CSAT  80   200 2 Hours
    Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)
    2 Mains Descriptive (I) Any Indian Language Hindi / Gujarati etc Qualifying 300 3 Hours
    (II) English Language Paper Qualifying 300 3 Hours
    3 Interview Personality Test 275
    Total 1750
    Paper Subject Merit Based Time
    Paper – I Essay(can be written in the medium of the candidate’s choice) 250 3 Hours
    Paper – II G. S – I(Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society) 250 3 Hours
    Paper – III G. S – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations) 250 3 Hours
    Paper – IV G. S – III (Technology, Economic Development,Biodiversity Security & Disaster Management) 250 3 Hours
    Paper – V G. S – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude) 250 3 Hours
    Paper – VI Optional Subject – Paper I 250 3 Hours
    Paper – VII Optional Subject – Paper II 250 3 Hours
    Total 1750

    Phase 1: UPSC Prelims Exam
    The Preliminary Examination is composed of two components:
    1) General Studies

    Paper Subjects No of Questions Total Marks Time Duration
    I General Studies (GS) 100 200 2 Hours 2 hours (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
    II CSAT 80 200 2 Hours 2 hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

    2) Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

    • . Both papers have Negative marks for wrong answers marked to the tune of 1/3rd of the total marks assigned to that question.
    • Questions that are not attempted will not attract any negative marks.

    The two papers of the IAS prelims are discussed in detail below:

    1. General Studies (Generally conducted between 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)

    The General Studies test is the first paper of the preliminary examination. This test is intended to test the general awareness of a candidate in a wide range of subjects that include: Indian Polity, Geography, History, Indian Economy, Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology, International Relations and associated UPSC current affairs.

    1. Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) (Generally conducted between 2:30 PM to 04:30 PM)
    • This UPSC Prelims syllabus for CSAT intends to assess the aptitude of the candidate in solving ‘Reasoning and Analytical’ questions, apart from ‘Reading Comprehension’ and the occasionally asked ‘Decision Making’ questions.
    • The ‘Decision Making’ based questions are generally exempt from negative marks.
    • The preliminary examination is only meant for screening a candidate for the subsequent stages of the exam.
    • The marks obtained in the Prelims will not be added up while arriving at the final rank list.

    UPSC Prelims Syllabus

    • Syllabus for GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)
      • Current events of national and international importance.
      • History of India and Indian National Movement.
      • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
      • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
      • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
      • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation.
      • General Science
    • Syllabus for CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper II)
      • Comprehension
      • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
      • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
      • Decision-making and problem solving
      • General mental ability
      • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

     
    Phase 2: UPSC Mains Exam (1750 Marks)

    • After successfully qualifying in the prelims exam would the candidates be allowed to write the IAS  Mains.
    • The Mains exam tests the candidate’s academic talent in depth and his/her ability to present his/her understanding according to the requirements of the question in a time-bound manner.
    • The UPSC Mains exam consists of 9 papers, out of which (two are qualifying papers of 300 marks each) Rest 7 Papers (merit based) are 250 Marks each.
    • The two qualifying papers are:

    (I)  Any Indian Language Hindi / Gujarati etc
    (II) English Language Paper
         The papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates who attain 25% marks in both the language papers as a minimum qualifying standard in these qualifying papers, will be taken cognizance of, for evaluation.
    In case a candidate does not qualify in these language papers, then the marks obtained by such candidates will not be considered or counted.
    Structure of the language papers:
    The types of questions asked are –

    1. Essay – 100 marks
    2. Reading comprehension – 60 marks
    3. Precis Writing – 60 marks
    4. Translation:
      1. English to compulsory language (e.g. Hindi) – 20 marks
      2. Compulsory language to English – 20 marks
    1. Grammar and basic language usage – 40 marks

    The rest of the seven papers can be written in any of the languages mentioned under the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India or in English.
     
     
    UPSC Mains Syllabus

    Paper Subject Marks
    Paper – I Essay (can be written in the medium of the candidate’s choice) 250
    Paper – II General Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society) 250
    Paper – III General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice &
    International Relations)
    250
    Paper – IV General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity,
    Security & Disaster Management)
    250
    Paper – V General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude) 250
    Paper – VI Optional Subject – Paper I 250
    Paper – VII Optional Subject – Paper II 250

     

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