UPSC Syllabus for IAS Mains

Here is a complete and detailed UPSC Syllabus for Civil Services (Main) Examination. Candidates should know the syllabus very well as it will make their preparation easier.

The Mains Exam has 9 Papers and they are:

  1. Paper A – Indian Language
  2. Paper B – English
  3. Paper I – Essay
  4. Paper II – General Studies I
  5. Paper III – General Studies II
  6. Paper IV – General Studies III
  7. Paper  V – General Studies IV
  8. Paper VI – Optional Paper I
  9. Paper VII – Optional Paper II


Below given is the detailed syllabus of each paper.

Paper A – INDIAN LANGUAGE: 300 Marks  
  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays
  • Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa

 

Paper B – English: 300 Marks
  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essay

Note 1: The Papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

Note 2: The candidates will have to answer the English and Indian Languages papers in English and the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved).

Paper I – Essay: 250 Marks
  • To be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice.
  • Candidates will be required to write essays on two topics.
  • The choice of subjects will be given.
  • They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely.
  • Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.