UPSC Syllabus - IAS Exam Syllabus & UPSC Civil Services Syllabus

UPSC SYLLABUS

Welcome to BYJU’S! Here, you will find a complete list of subjects for the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) based on the UPSC syllabus.

The Civil Services Examination is widely considered as one of the toughest and the most prestigious examinations conducted in India.

To understand the exam, one needs to understand the syllabus. This helps eliminate wasteful efforts like reading unnecessary topics leading to a loss of time, and keeps one strictly aligned to the expectations of the UPSC from day one.

The UPSC prescribes a common syllabus pattern for services such as the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) to name a few.

The Civil service exam is conducted in three phases:

Phase 1:Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type)

Phase 2:Civil Services (Mains) Examination (Descriptive Type)

Phase 3: Personal Interview (Personality Test)

Phase 1: Preliminary Examination:

The Preliminary Examination is composed of two components:

1) General Studies

Paper

Subjects

Total Marks

Duration

I

General Studies (GS)

200

2 Hours (9:30AM to 11:30 AM)

II

CSAT

200

2 Hours (2:30PM to 4:30PM)

2) Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

1) General Studies (Generally conducted between 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)

The General Studies test is the first paper of the preliminary examination. This test is intended to test the general awareness of a candidate in a wide range of subjects that include: Indian Polity, Geography, History, Indian Economy, Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology, International Relations and associated UPSC current affairs.

2) Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

(Generally conducted between 2:30 PM to 04:30 PM)

Syllabus for GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)

Syllabus for CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper II)

Phase 2: Civil Services (Mains) Examination Syllabus

I. Any Indian Language

II. English Language Paper


Criteria for qualifying the Language Paper:


The papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates who attain 30% marks in Indian Language Paper and 25% marks in English Language Paper as a minimum qualifying standard in these qualifying papers, will be taken cognizance of, for evaluation.

In case a candidate does not qualify in these language papers, then the marks obtained by such candidate will not be considered or counted.

Structure of the language papers:

The type of questions asked are –

1. Essay – 100 marks

2. Reading comprehension – 60 marks

3. Precis Writing – 60 marks

4. Translation :

5. Grammar and basic language usage – 40 marks

The rest of the seven papers can be written in any of the languages mentioned under the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India or in English.

Let us take a look at these papers:

Paper

Subject

Marks

Paper - I

 

Essay

(Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate's choice)

250

Paper-II

General Studies- I

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

250

Paper-III

General Studies- II

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 

250

Paper-IV

General Studies- III

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

250

Paper-V

General Studies- IV

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

250

Paper-VI

 

Optional Subject - Paper I

250

Paper-VII

Optional Subject - Paper II

(A Candidate can also take up literature as an optional subject and candidate need not be a graduate in that language’s literature.)

250

 Candidates may choose any one of the ‘Optional Subjects’ from the list of subjects given below:

  Optional Subjects

 Literature Language

Agriculture

Assamese

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science 

Arabic

Anthropology

Bengali

Botany 

Bodo

Chemistry 

Dogri

Civil Engineering 

French

Commerce and Accountancy 

German

Economics 

Gujarati

Electrical Engineering 

Hindi

Geography 

Kannada

Geology 

Kashmiri

History 

Konkani

Law 

Maithili

Management 

Malayalam

Mathematics 

Manipuri

Mechanical Engineering 

Marathi

Medical Science

Nepali

Philosophy

Oriya

Physics

Persian

Political Science and International Relations             

Punjabi

Psychology

Russian

Public Administration

Sanskrit

Sociology

Santhali

Statistics

Sindhi

Zoology

Tamil

-

Telugu

-

Urdu

-

English

Phase 3: Interview/Personality Test (275 Marks)



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