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    UPSC – New Syllabus IAS Preliminary & Mains Exam

    Aspirants of Civil Services Examination are at the right place to get the details of the UPSC Syllabus. Here, at IBOP Academy  you will find the complete IAS Syllabus for all the stages of the examination:

    1. Preliminary Stage – General Studies & CSAT
    2. Mains Stage – 9 Theory Papers (GS I-IV, Language Papers, Essay & Optional)
    3. Personality Test – Interview


    Exam Pattern & Syllabus for UPSC Prelims 
    Two Compulsory Papers General Studies Paper-I
    General Studies Paper-II (CSAT)
    Number of Questions asked in GS Paper-I 100
    Number of Questions asked in CSAT 80
    Total Number of Marks 400;

    1. GS Paper-I – 200 Marks
    2. CSAT – 200 Marks
    Negative Marking  ⅓ of the total marks allotted to the question will be deducted for every wrong answer
    Time Allotted Two hours each;

    1. GS Paper-I – 2 Hours (9:30 AM -11:30 AM)
    2. CSAT – 2 Hours (2:30 PM – 4:30 PM)


    The two papers of the IAS prelims are discussed in detail below:

    1. General Studies
      1. The General Studies test is the first paper of the preliminary examination.
      2. 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.
    1. Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) (Generally conducted between 2:30 PM and 04:30 PM)
      1. This UPSC Prelims syllabus for CSAT intends to assess the aptitude of the candidate in solving ‘Reasoning and Analytical’ questions, apart from ‘Reading Comprehension’ and the occasionally asked ‘Decision Making’ questions.
      2. The ‘Decision Making’ based questions are generally exempt from negative marks.]


    UPSC Syllabus for GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)

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


    UPSC Syllabus for CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper-II)

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


    UPSC Syllabus for Mains

    IAS Mains Exam Pattern

    Paper Subject Marks
    Paper-I Essay (can be written in the medium of the candidate’s choice) 250
    Paper-II General Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society) 250
    Paper-III General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations) 250
    Paper-IV General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management) 250
    Paper-V General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude) 250
    Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper I 250
    Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper II 250


    UPSC Syllabus for Optional Subjects

    The UPSC Mains syllabus gives a list of 48 Optional Subjects which include Literature of different languages. Candidates need to choose any one of the ‘Optional Subjects’ from the list of subjects given below:

    IAS Syllabus For UPSC Mains Optional Subjects:

    IAS Optional Syllabus | UPSC Syllabus for Optional Subjects
    Agriculture – UPSC Syllabus Zoology – UPSC Syllabus
    Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Assamese (Literature)
    Anthropology – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Bengali (Literature)
    Botany – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Bodo (Literature)
    Chemistry –  UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Dogri (Literature)
    Civil Engineering – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Gujarati (Literature)
    Commerce & Accountancy – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Hindi (Literature)
    Economics – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Kannada (Literature)
    Electrical Engineering – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Kashmiri (Literature)
    Geography – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Konkani (Literature)
    Geology – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Maithili (Literature)
    History – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Malayalam (Literature)
    Law – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Manipuri (Literature)
    Management – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Marathi (Literature)
    Mathematics – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Nepali (Literature)
    Mechanical Engineering – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Odia (Literature)
    Medical Science – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Punjabi (Literature)
    Philosophy – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Sanskrit (Literature)
    Physics – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Santhali (Literature)
    Political Science & International Relations – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Sindhi (Literature)
    Psychology – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Tamil (Literature)
    Public Administration – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Telugu (Literature)
    Sociology – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – English (Literature)
    Statistics – UPSC Syllabus IAS Syllabus – Urdu (Literature)


    UPSC Syllabus for IAS Interview

    Known as Personality Test, UPSC Interview is the last stage of the examination. There is no defined UPSC syllabus for the interview. Questions are asked from wide-ranging issues.

    1. Candidates who qualify the UPSC Mains Exam will be called for the ‘Personality Test/Interview’. These candidates will be interviewed by a Board appointed by the UPSC.
    2. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in civil services by a board of competent and unbiased observers.
    3. The interview is more of a purposive conversation intended to explore the mental qualities and analytical ability of the candidate.
    4. The Interview test will be 275 marks and the total marks for the written examination is 1750. This sums up to a Grand Total of 2025 Marks, based on which the final merit list will be prepared.


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