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UPSC Exam IAS Syllabus

There is a common UPSC 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. However, different stages of the IAS exam have different syllabi. The UPSC Prelims syllabus focuses on general and societal awareness which is tested by objective-type (MCQ) questions. The UPSC Mains syllabus is much more comprehensive as this stage comprises nine theory papers.

The Civil services 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: UPSC IAS Prelims Exam

Paper Subject No. of Questions Total Marks Durations
I General Studies I (GS) 100 200 2 hours (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
II CSAT 80 200 2 hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

UPSC Prelims Syllabus

Syllabus for GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)

◐ 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, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
◐ General Science

Syllabus for CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper II)

◐ 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).

Phase 2: UPCS IAS Mains Exam

Paper Subject Durations Total Marks
Paper A Qualifying- Compulsory Indian language 3 hours 300
Paper B Qualifying- English 3 hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 hours 300
Paper II General Studies I 3 hours 300
Paper III General Studies II 3 hours 300
Paper IV General Studies III 3 hours 300
Paper V General Studies IV 3 hours 300
Paper VI Optional Paper I 3 hours 300
Paper VII Optional Paper II 3 hours 300

Phase 3: IAS Interview/UPSC Personality Test (275 Marks)

◐ Candidates who qualify the UPPCS Mains Exam will be called for the 'Personality Test/Interview'. These candidates will be interviewed by a Board appointed by the UPSC.
◐ The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in the state civil services by a board of competent and unbiased observers.
◐ The interview is more of purposive conversation intended to explore the mental qualities and analytical ability of the candidate.
◐ The Interview test will be of 275 marks and the total marks for written examination is 1500. This sums up to a Grand Total of 1750 Marks based on which the final merit list will be prepared.