UPSC Philosophy Syllabus

The UPSC optional subject list contains 48 subjects in total, one of which is Philosophy. The Philosophy syllabus for UPSC focuses on the candidates’ ability to understand the subject and apply the knowledge to society in India. The topics included in this subject are related to history and evolution of philosophy, religion and social structures.

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Candidates who choose Philosophy as an optional subject in UPSC will find that the syllabus is focussed on issues and topics related to history and evolution of philosophy along with its impact on Indian culture. In this article, we provide you with the detailed UPSC syllabus for Philosophy optional and also the UPSC Philosophy Optional Syllabus PDF.

Philosophy syllabus for UPSC

Philosophy Optional Subject has 2 papers (paper I and paper II) in UPSC Mains. Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks. Find below the IAS Philosophy syllabus:

UPSC Philosophy Optional Paper I syllabus:

UPSC Philosophy Syllabus

UPSC Philosophy Optional Paper II syllabus:


Philosophy optional should be prepared thoroughly if one has chosen it for the UPSC Mains by studying the previous years’ papers and also going through relevant books on Philosophy for UPSC. IAS aspirants can integrate their preparation for Philosophy optional with preparation for General Studies in Mains as there is an overlap in the syllabus of both.

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