UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus – Prelims, Mains and Interview

UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus for Prelims, Mains and Interview is given below. Details of syllabus for individual subjects for mains are provided in the corresponding links.

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each. The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for main exam.

UPSC Syllabus for 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.

UPSC Syllabus for 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).
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Note : Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of PaperII) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Syllabus

A candidates rank in UPSC Civil Service Exam depends only on the mark scored in Main and Interview. The main exam has 1750 marks, while interview has 275 marks.

The written examination (main) will consist of the following nine papers, but only 7 papers will be counted for final merit ranking. For the rest two papers, the candidate should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC each year.

Qualifying Papers – Not counted for final ranking:

  • Paper‐ A – Indian Language – Syllabus. (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This paper will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.) 300 Marks.
  • Paper‐ B - English Language – Syllabus . 300 Marks.

Papers to be counted for merit ranking:

  1. Paper‐I Essay – Syllabus. 250 Marks.
  2. Paper‐II General Studies – I – Syllabus. 250Marks. (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society).
  3. Paper‐III General Studies –II - Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations).
  4. Paper‐IV General Studies –III - Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management).
  5. Paper‐V General Studies –IV - Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude).
  6. Paper‐VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 – 250 Marks.
  7. Paper‐VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 – 250 Marks.

Syllabi for Optional Subjects:

  1. History Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  2. Geography Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  3. Economics Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  4. Sociology Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  5. Public Administration Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  6. Philosophy Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  7. Psychology Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  8. Political Science Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  9. Agriculture Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  10. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  11. Anthropology Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  12. Botany Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  13. Chemistry Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  14. Civil Engineering Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  15. Commerce Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  16. Electrical Engineering Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  17. Geology Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  18. Law Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  19. Mathematics Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  20. Management Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  21. Mechanical Engineering Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  22. Medical Science Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  23. Physics Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  24. Statistics Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  25. Zoology Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC.
  26. Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

UPSC Civil Services Interview Syllabus

  1. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
  2. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
  3. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

Sub Total (Written test) : 1750 Marks
Personality Test: 275 Marks
Grand Total: 2025 Marks

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