The Syllabus for RAS/RTS Combined Competitive Exam is set by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC).
The primary difference between the UPSC Syllabus and the syllabus for state PSC exams is that for states, candidates have to learn the topics from the state’s perspective as well.
For e.g., if candidates are preparing for RPSC, then they also need to study History, Economy, Geography, Polity, and Current Affairs related to Rajasthan state as mentioned in the RAS Syllabus.
The RAS Exam is conducted in three stages (similar to the UPSC IAS Exam)
- Stage 1: RAS Pre – One Paper – Objective Type – 200 Marks
- Stage 2: RAS Mains – 4 Papers – Theory/Descriptive – 800 Marks Total
- Stage 3: RAS Interview/Personality Test/Viva-voce – 100 Marks
Read/download the new and updated RAS Exam Pattern.
The RPSC Syllabus for RAS exam can be divided into two parts:
- RAS Pre Syllabus
- RAS Syllabus – Mains
RPSC RAS Pre Syllabus
The RAS Pre Exam is a screening test and marks are not counted for the final merit list.
The Syllabus for all RPSC exams can be viewed on the official website of the commission – (https://rpsc.rajasthan.gov.in/)
RAS Pre Syllabus and Pattern is as follows:
- One Exam
- Subject Name – General Knowledge and General Science
- Max Marks – 200
- Duration – 3 Hrs
- Negative Marking – Yes (1/3rd of the marks allocated for the question)
- Number of Question – 150
- RAS Pre Exam 2020 Date – Yet to be announced
- RAS Pre Exam 2019 Date – Yet to be announced
- Syllabus – The syllabus can be subdivided into topics/section focusing on Rajasthan and general topics
|RAS Syllabus – Prelims (Simplified)|
|Rajasthan Specific Parts||General Topics|
The RAS Pre 2018 was conducted on August 5, 2018, and candidates can download the official RPSC syllabus from the link below.
RAS Pre Syllabus 2018:- Download PDF Here
The RPSC RAS syllabus (Prelims) is similar to UPSC Prelims Syllabus. However, as aspirants can see on the linked page, the UPSC Prelims comprises 2 papers, and there are other subtle but significant differences.
Aligning UPSC Preparation with RAS Syllabus:
Many civil service aspirants prepare simultaneously for State PSC Exams and UPSC Civil Service Exam.
Aspirants can check our UPSC 2021 page for free study material and preparation strategy as they are also preparing for IAS Exam.
The common sections/topics/aspects in the syllabus of RAS exam and IAS exam are:
- Current Affairs – Events of national and international importance
- Check out BYJU’S Current Affairs page which has daily news analysis, monthly summaries of Press Information Bureau (PIB), the gist of Yojana magazine, monthly current affairs magazine and more.
- History – Ancient, Medieval, Modern
- Geography – Indian, World
- Check out the NCERT Geography Notes.
- Indian Polity
- Practise solving Polity MCQs here.
- Indian Economy
- Science and Technology
- Practise solving Science & Technology MCQs here.
Check the RAS Eligibility Criteria
RPSC Syllabus for RAS Mains
RAS Mains 2018 took place on 25th, and 26th June 2019 and the results were announced on 9th Jul 2020.
The RAS Syllabus for Mains comprises 4 theory papers of 200 marks each. The papers consist of short, medium and long answer questions.
There are no optional papers in the syllabus for RAS Mains, unlike the UPSC Mains Syllabus.
Marks in the RAS Mains along with the Interview marks are counted for the final merit list.
RPSC Syllabus – RAS Mains
|Paper I||General Studies I||
|Paper II||General Studies II||
|Paper III||General Studies III||
|Paper IV||General Hindi and General English||
Detailed RPSC RAS Syllabus – Mains:- Download PDF Here
Align your RAS syllabus of Mains with IAS syllabus of Mains:
Let us see the common and broad topics that mentioned in the RAS syllabus and also find mention in the UPSC syllabus:
RAS Mains GS 1 (Unit 1) Syllabus Topics:
- Indian History & Culture – The similar broad terms are mentioned in the GS 1 (UPSC Mains) under the heading Indian Heritage & Culture.
- History of Modern World – The similar topics are mentioned in the GS 1 (UPSC Mains) under the heading History of the World.
- General Knowlege – Aspirants can cover general knowledge topics from BYJU’S Static GK initiative.
To devise a strategy for these topics, BYJU’S brought a strategy post for UPSC Mains GS 1 where the topic-wise strategy has been mentioned. RAS aspirants also can take a hint from the same post and prepare their own study plan to cover history-related topics mentioned in RAS syllabus. Check the UPSC Mains GS 1 strategy at the linked article.
RAS Mains GS 1 (Unit 2) Syllabus Topics:
- Indian Economy – The similar topic is mentioned in the GS 3 (UPSC Mains) under the heading Economic Development.
To devise a strategy for this topic, BYJU’S brought a strategy post for UPSC Mains GS 3, where the Indian economy-related strategy has been mentioned. RAS aspirants also can take a hint from the same post and prepare their own study plan to cover economy-related topics mentioned in RAS syllabus. Check the UPSC Mains GS 3 strategy at the linked article.
RAS Mains GS 2 (Unit 1) Syllabus Topics
- Ethics – A similar topic with the same heading along with aptitude, integrity-related subheading are mentioned in the GS 4 (UPSC Mains) syllabus.
To devise a strategy for this topic, BYJU’S brought a strategy post for UPSC Mains GS 4 where the Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude-related strategy has been mentioned. RAS aspirants also can take a hint from the same post and prepare their own study plan to cover ethics-related topics mentioned in RAS syllabus. Check the UPSC Mains GS 4 strategy at the linked article.
RAS Mains GS 2 (Unit 2) Syllabus Topics
- General Science & Technology – Topics related to general science and technology are covered in the GS 3 of the UPSC Mains.
- Defence – Similar topics under the heading, ‘Role of External State and Non-state Actors in creating challenges to Internal Security’ is mentioned in the GS 3 syllabus of the UPSC mains.
- Environment, Biodiversity, & Climate Change – Similar topics are also covered in GS 3 of the IAS Mains. [We have provided the GS 3 strategy post link above; check the post for a strategy on these topics.)
RAS Mains GS 3 Syllabus Topics
- Indian Political System
- International relations
Both the above-mentioned broad topics are also covered in GS 2 of IAS mains examination. To devise a strategy for these topics, BYJU’S brought a strategy post for UPSC Mains GS 2 where the related strategy has been mentioned. RAS aspirants also can take a hint from the same post and prepare their own study plan to cover Indian polity related topics mentioned in RAS syllabus. Check the UPSC Mains GS 2 strategy at the linked article.
Note: Like in RAS Pre, candidates have to also focus on Rajasthan specific topics in the Mains. For general topics, like Indian Polity, Economy, the preparation would be on the lines of UPSC Mains, i.e. reading the standard reference books such as Laximkanth, Ramesh Singh, Bipin Chandra, etc.
For detailed RAS preparation, check the linked article.
Aspirants can go through this book list for UPSC/RPSC exams.
UPSC/RPSC RAS Book List:- Download PDF Here
Also, toppers recommend going through the previous years’ RPSC question papers for RAS Exam and doing MCQ solving practice for Prelims and answer-writing practice for Mains.
If aspirants are sitting for multiple state service examinations, they can get syllabus information about each of the important public service commission examinations from the links mentioned below: