The complete syllabus for the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) can be found in this article. The Civil Services Exam is generally considered as one of the toughest and prestigious exams in India.
One has to understand the IAS syllabus to understand the UPSC exam. This tends to reduce unnecessary efforts such as reading irrelevant topics that leads to a waste of time.
The UPSC 2021 syllabus [UPSC Civil Services Prelims and Mains] will be issued along with the official notification by February 2021.
The commission has released UPSC Mains 2020 Admit Card for the Civil Services (Mains) Examination. The IAS Mains 2020 has begun from the 8th of January 2021.
The applicants can find IAS syllabus on the UPSC official website.
For the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), there is a common pattern.u Different phases of the IAS exam, has different syllabus. The syllabus of the UPSC Prelims focuses on general and social knowledge that is evaluated through objective type questions (MCQ). The UPSC Mains syllabus is even more detailed as this stage consists of nine theory papers.
The Civil Services exam is conducted in 2 phases.
Phase 1: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type)
Phase 2: Civil Services (Mains) Examination (Descriptive Type)
Phase 3: Personal Interview (Personality Test)
Let’s discuss different phases in detail.
The UPSC prelims exam comprises of 2 components –
|General Studies||200||2 hrs|
|Civil Services Aptitude Test||200||2 hrs|
To qualify for the Civil Services (Mains) exam, a candidate must attempt both the papers in their Prelims.
No negative marks would be attracted by questions which are not attempted.
The first paper of the preliminary examination is the General Studies. This examination is intended to test a candidate’s general knowledge for a wide variety of topics, including: Indian politics, geography, history, Indian economy, science and technology, environment and ecology, international relations and current affairs related to UPSC.
The papers on essay, general studies and optional subject of only such candidates who obtained 25% marks in both the language papers, will be taken for evaluation.
In case, the applicant does not qualify in these language papers, the marks obtained by such candidates shall not be considered or counted.
Here’s the structure of language papers-
The candidates can write the rest of the seven papers in any of the languages mentioned under the Eight Schedule of the Constitution of India or in English.
|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|
The UPSC Mains syllabus gives a list of 48 optional Subjects which include Literature of different languages. Candidates must select any of the ‘Optional Subjects’ from the list of subjects below:
|Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science||Assamese (Literature)|
|Civil Engineering||Gujarati (Literature)|
|Commerce & Accountancy||Hindi (Literature)|
|Electrical Engineering||Kashmiri (Literature)|
|Mechanical Engineering||Odia (Literature)|
|Medical Science||Punjabi (Literature)|
|Political Science & International Relations||Sindhi (Literature)|
|Public Administration||Telugu (Literature)|
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