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Updated: Mar 30

UPSC has released the syllabus for the civil service examination

It is key to remember the syllabus of the exam so that aspirants can prepare well.

Part A—Preliminary Examination Paper I - (200 marks)

Duration: Two 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 specialization.

 General Science.

Paper II-(200 marks) Duration : Two 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 he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

Part B—Main Examination

The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study.

The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services.

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