UPSC Notes PDF - IAS Prelims & Mains

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The UPSC Prelims exam is approaching and candidates who are planning to crack the civil services prelims exam should be deep into the Prelims exam preparation. The UPSC Prelims is a test of knowledge, analytical ability and clarity of thought and understanding. Hence, IAS prelims study material pdf will be helpful for those looking for a download option of these notes. 

In order to succeed in this stage of the IAS exam, you should study with the correct approach and material.

This article will provide you with UPSC prelims study material pdf free download for the following:

  1. UPSC GS 1 Study Material PDF
  2. UPSC GS 2 Study Material PDF
  3. UPSC GS 3 Study Material PDF

Candidates can also fetch some important study material PDFs for UPSC and can download the PDFs by checking the linked articles in the end. These study materials have been curated keeping into consideration the UPSC Prelims Syllabus.

UPSC Notes for Prelims & Mains – Features

  • Downloadable UPSC study material PDFs / Notes
  • Three sets of PDFs each covering a different General Studies paper.
  • Notes on all relevant topics covering introduction, background, features, facts, important figures, analysis, etc. for all topics.
  • Covering all the dimensions of a topic.
  • Notes given in points – making it easy to read and remember.
  • Absolutely free!

We also provide IAS Mains Notes for Free Download. Aspirants can check the linked article to know more about the notes and free UPSC preparation study material pdf.

What UPSC Notes PDFs Include

It will include along with mains material; prelims study material pdf for free download in English. Download the study material for UPSC below:

GS 1 Notes (Society)

UPSC Notes PDF 1 – Value Addition Series – GS 1 Download PDF Here

GS 2 Notes (Governance, Constitution, Social Justice, International Relations)

UPSC Notes PDF 2 – Value Addition Series – GS 2 Download PDF Here

GS 3 Notes (Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Science & Tech, Security, Disaster Management)

UPSC Notes PDF 3 – Value Addition Series – GS 3 Download PDF Here

You can also go through some important links for NCERT related topics below. These are a part of IAS notes and you can download PDFs by referring to these links:

If you wish to read the UPSC Notes, check out the table below where we provided the UPSC Mains Study material for free download.

Apart from the material and topics mentioned above, current affairs too play a very important role in the IAS prelims and mains examination. Objective and subjective type questions are framed based on the latest developments across different spheres of the world.

General Studies I Notes:

General Studies II Notes

Indian Polity makes one of the major subjects of GS-II paper as a part of the UPSC Syllabus. Given below are some important Polity articles which you can refer to in the linked articles and download PDFs of the same:

  1. Electoral Reforms in India
  2. Important Articles in Indian Constitution
  3. ARC Reports for UPSC Exam
  4. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
  5. Veto Power of President of India
  6. Powers & functions of High Court
  7. Fundamental Rights in India
  8. Landmark cases relating to the basic structure of the constitution
  9. 42nd Amendment Act

Frequently asked Questions about UPSC Prelims Notes

Is it necessary to make UPSC Prelims notes?

It is very important to learn to make short notes while preparing for UPSC Prelims, especially in the context of the Civil Service Mains examination. One cannot hope to gain success in the Main examination without intensive study and without preparing their own notes and revising them regularly.

Is 2 months enough for UPSC Prelims?

Besides competition, the vast syllabus and unpredictable exam pattern make it even more challenging. IAS prelims preparation in 2 months sounds impossible but nothing is impossible. With the proper strategy and dedication, one can clear UPSC Prelims in two months. This is where UPSC Prelims notes plays a crucial role.

General Studies III Notes:

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  22. Is tattoo allowed in upsc exams?

    1. Tattoos are allowed in the IAS as long as they are inoffensive and inconspicuous. Tribal tattoos are allowed for candidates belonging to scheduled tribes with a tradition of displaying tattoos. Though information on tattoo policy in the DoPT is hard to find online, different departments who absorb successful candidates from the UPSC exam have their own rules. Tattoos are heavily restricted in most government services and aspirants should check their target department’s rules regarding the same.

  23. Iam from BSC. but i would like to choose history as an option can i do this

    1. Yes, you can choose history as optional.
      Check History Optional syllabus in the linked article.

  24. I’ve done graduation from IGNOU open BA , am I eligible for UPSC exam and STATE PCS EXAM

    1. Yes, graduates from IGNOU can sit for UPSC and State PSCs as it is a government recognized university.

  25. Can I choose botany as my optional subject??

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