UPSC Syllabus for IAS Prelims Exam

UPSC Syllabus for IAS Prelims Exam

The UPSC Syllabus for Prelims exam is mainly designed to assess the aptness of the candidates’ comprehension of current affairs within the stipulated time. The preliminary exam papers are compulsory and qualifying  to move to the next stage of the exam i.e. the Civil Services IAS Mains Exam.

The Civil Services Preliminary Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission  (UPSC) is also popularly called CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test. The CSAT is actually the second paper of General Studies which was introduced in 2011.

The IAS preliminary examination is for screening purpose only. The marks obtained in the UPSC prelims examination is only taken in to account for the qualification to take the UPSC Main examination and will not be counted for determining a candidate’s final order of merit.

Syllabus of Paper I (200 marks) Duration : 2 hours
 ♦ 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 specialisation General Science


Syllabus for Paper II-(200 marks) Duration: 2 hours 
 ♦ 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)

Note 1: Paper II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

Note 2: The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case if he or she does not appear in both the papers of the IA Prelims exam.