UPSC Syllabus – Civil Service Exam -Prelims, Mains and Interview

UPSC syllabus for Civil Service Examinations can be found in this page. Aspirants can use this page by taking print out or by bookmarking this page in your chrome or firefox browser. Syllabus of individual optional subjects will be provided on the corresponding page. You can find out the optional page syllabus by clicking on the link provided below.  

UPSC Syllabus – Preliminary Examination

Preliminary Examination is the first phase of the examination. The Civil Service Preliminary Examination comprises of two papers each with 200 marks.

General Studies – Paper – I

General Studies – Paper – II

These two papers are compulsory papers. Aspirants cannot skip this papers. The questions asked in these papers will be an objective model. Aspirants need to mark correct option in the OMR sheet provided in the examination hall. Marking wrong options will fetch you negative marks.

UPSC Syllabus – Preliminary Examination – General Studies – Paper – I – (200 Marks) – (Duration: 2Hours)

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

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UPSC Syllabus – Preliminary Examination – General Studies – Paper – II – (200 Marks) – (Duration: 2Hours)

General Studies – Paper -II is the qualifying paper. Hence, the marks scored in this paper is not counted for the merit list. But, you have to score the minimum marks (66 Marks -33%) in this paper. So that your Paper -I will be evaluated by UPSC.

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X
    level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).

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