The civil services exam is one of the most prestigious examinations conducted in the country. Apart from being highly competitive, it is the syllabus and comprehensiveness of IAS subjects that make the exam even tougher. Candidates need to be well prepared in advance with all the important topics to crack the IAS Exam in the given attempts.
In this article, we have discussed the subjects which are included in the UPSC Syllabus for the prelims and mains examination, along with the list of topics under each of these IAS subjects. Aspirants can refer to these and accordingly start off with the preparation.
The UPSC subjects in the civil services exam are designed to judge you on your understanding of things around you as only an informed person can make decisions as a civil servant. Thus, the subjects are chosen with great diligence.
IAS Subjects for Prelims Exam
The UPSC Prelims exam comprises two papers:
- General Studies Paper-I
- General Studies Paper-II (CSAT)
Given below is the IAS subject list for the two papers which are objective type each. Both are conducted on the same day and the total marks for the two papers are 400 (200 marks each).
Subjects in IAS Prelims GS-I Paper
- Latest Current Affairs
- Static GK
- History of India and Indian National Movement
- Indian and World Geography
- Physical Geography
- Social Geography
- Economic Geography
- Indian Polity and Governance
- Public Policy Rights
- Political System
- Rights Issues
- Panchayati Raj
- Economic and Social Development
- Sustainable Development
- Social Sector Initiatives
- Environment and Ecology
- Climate Change
- Science and Technology
Subjects in IAS Prelims CSAT
This paper is set to test an applicant’s logical reasoning and analyse their interpersonal and communication skills. Following topics are included in the syllabus for the prelims GS-II paper:
- Interpersonal Skills Including Communication Skills
- Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
- Decision Making and Problem Solving
- General Mental Ability
- Basic Numeracy
- Data Interpretation
- English Language Comprehension Skills
To get the detailed UPSC Prelims Syllabus for each of these subjects, candidates can visit the linked article.
Refer to the links below that shall help you with the preparation for the IAS Prelims exam:
|Current Affairs||NCERT Notes for UPSC|
|Subject-wise UPSC Notes PDF||Topic-wise IAS Prelims Question and Answers|
|History Syllabus for IAS Prelims||Polity Syllabus for IAS Prelims|
|Syllabus Of Geography For IAS Prelims||Constitution of India – An Overview|
IAS Subject List for UPSC Mains
Given below first is the list of Indian Languages for Paper A that can be selected by the candidates along with scripts to be used:
|Santhali||Devanagari or Olchiki|
|Sindhi||Devanagari or Arabic|
Candidates can visit the linked article and get the Tips To Tackle the Indian Language Paper in the mains examination. Since the paper is only qualifying in nature, candidates need to follow a strategic plan to score the minimum required marks.
IAS Optional Subject List for UPSC CSE Mains
There are two compulsory papers for optional subjects in the UPSC Mains exam. Given below is the list of optional subjects for the civil services mains examination along with the syllabus for each of the given IAS subjects:
Candidates, who need assistance with choosing the optional subject for the mains examination, can refer ⇒ Which Subject Is Best For IAS Mains Optional?
IAS Subject List for UPSC Mains General Studies Papers
|UPSC Mains GS Subjects|
|General Studies Paper||Subjects||Syllabus & Strategy|
|GS Paper I||
||UPSC Mains General Studies Paper 1 Syllabus, Strategy & Structure|
|GS Paper II||
||UPSC Mains General Studies Paper-II Strategy, Syllabus & Structure|
|GS Paper III||
||UPSC Mains General Studies Paper-III Strategy, Syllabus & Structure|
|GS Paper IV||
||UPSC Mains General Studies Paper-IV Strategy, Syllabus & Structure|
The mains examination is subjective in nature and candidates need to have detailed background information of all the important topics which are included in the UPSC Mains Syllabus. This will boost their chances of scoring more in the second and the most important phase of the examination.
IAS Subject List for Prelims & Mains 2022 PDF:-Download PDF Here
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