The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts various recruitment exams for the Indian government. The Civil Services Examination (CSE) which is commonly referred to as the UPSC exam or the IAS exam is one of them. Every year, lakhs of aspirants sit for the CSE exam which is the basis of their entry into the coveted services such as IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc.
The first stage of the CSE is the Preliminary exam. The UPSC Prelims Syllabus can be divided into two parts, Paper 1 (General Studies) and CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test). The syllabus for the IAS prelims has been consistent for the past few years, and the purpose of the exam is to screen aspirants for the next stages of the civil services examination.
Aspirants may have questions like:
- What is the eligibility, exam calendar for the upcoming UPSC 2019?
- How to prepare Polity, History, Geography for IAS prelims?
- How to kick start the IAS preparation?
For answers to all these questions and more, have a look at the links given below. To continue reading about the UPSC Prelims Syllabus, scroll down.
UPSC – IAS Prelims Syllabus: exam duration and maximum marks
The UPSC exam comprises three stages:
- Prelims – 2 papers (only Multiple Choice Questions – MCQs)
- Mains – 9 Theory papers
- Personality Test/Interview
The first stage, i.e. the prelims screens the candidates for the subsequent stages. For the year 2019, the official UPSC notification will be released on February 19, 2019 and the tentative date of the prelims exam is June 2, 2019. This gives candidates roughly 3 months from the date of the notification to prepare/revise the IAS prelims syllabus.
The idea behind the prelims is to test the candidates’ basic societal and general awareness along with aptitude. The UPSC prelims syllabus topics for the year 2019 are listed below in the table.
|UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2019||Maximum Marks||Duration Of Exam|
|General Studies Paper – I
||200 Marks||2 Hours|
|CSAT Paper- II
||200 Marks||2 Hours|
IAS Prelims Syllabus FAQ
- Are both papers in UPSC prelims compulsory?
Yes, both are compulsory.
- Where can I download the pdf of the UPSC Prelims Syllabus?
To download the IAS prelims syllabus pdf, please click here.
- Is an attempt counted if an aspirant fills the UPSC form but does not appear for Prelims?
An attempt is only counted if a candidate appears (physically) for either or both of the Prelims papers in the UPSC exam.
- Is the UPSC prelims qualifying in nature?
The marks of Prelims are not taken into consideration for the final merit list. The purpose of the Prelims is merely to screen candidates for the next stage of the IAS exam i.e. Mains.
Among the two prelims papers, only the marks in Paper 1 (GS) determine whether a candidate has cleared the cut-off for qualification to the UPSC mains. The Paper 2 (CSAT) is only for basic screening and scoring 33% and more is enough.
- Is there negative marking in UPSC prelims?
Yes, both papers have negative marking in case of incorrect answers. For every wrong answer, 1/3rd of the total marks allotted for that question will be deducted from the candidate’s total marks.
Note: Both the prelims papers are conducted on the same day in offline mode (not online) and the medium of the exam paper is in both Hindi and English.