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UPSC Prelims Syllabus, IAS Prelims Syllabus, Civil Service Prelims

UPSC Syllabus Prelims

UPSC Prelims Syllabus, IAS Prelims Syllabus, Civil Service Prelims

UPSC Syllabus Prelims 2019

Welcome to JUSTQUARRY! Here, you will find a complete list of the subject for the CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) based on the UPSC syllabus.

The Civil Services Examination is widely considered as one of the toughest and most prestigious examinations conducted in India. Its role & responsibility is to be hard for the other services.

To understand the exam, one needs to understand the syllabus. This helps to eliminate wasteful efforts like reading unnecessary topics leading to a loss of time and keeps one strictly aligned to the expectations of the UPSC from day one.

The UPSC prescribes a common syllabus pattern for services such as Indian Administrative Services, Indian Foreign Services, Indian Police Services, Indian Revenue Services(Customs & Central Excise) to name a few.

The Civil services exam is conducted as three phases given below:

Phase 1: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (objective types)

Phase 2: Civil Services(Main) Examination (Descriptive Type)

Phase 3: Personal Interview(Personality Test)

Lets us discussed that UPSC (preliminary exam) is given below:

Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary Examination is composed of two components:

1. General Studies

Paper Subject Total marks Duration
Paper-I General Studies(GS) 200 2 hours(9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
Paper-II CSAT 200 2 hours(2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

  • Broadly, the Civil Services (preliminary) Examination consists of two papers of objective type, Each of 200 marks (hence total 400 marks) and of 2 hours duration. To qualify for the Civil Services Mains, a candidate must attempt both the papers.
  • Further, the General Studies (GS) paper consists of 100 questions, while the CSAT paper consists of 80 questions. Both of the paper has negative marking for the wrong answer marked to the tune of 1/3rd of the total marks assigned to that questions.
  • To further illustrate that, each correctly answered GS questions will be awarded 2 marks so,0.66 marks would be deducted from the total for every question that is wrongly marked.
  • Similarly, In the CSAT papers, Since we have 80 questions for 200 mark, correctly answered CSAT questions would attract 2.5 marks each, while every wrong marked question would attract a penalty of 0.833 for each such wrong answer that which will be deducted from the total marks.
  • Those Questions are not attempted will not attract any negative marks.

The two papers of the IAS prelims are discussed in detail given  below:

1.General Studies (Generally conducted between 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)

The General Studies test is the first paper of the preliminary examination. This test is intended to test the general awareness of a candidate in a wide range of subject that includes: Indian Polity, Geography, History, Indian Economy, Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology, International Relations & associated UPSC Current affairs.

Civil services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

This test is intended to access the aptitude of the candidates in solving ‘Reasoning and Analytical’ question, apart from ‘reading comprehension’ and the occasionally asked ‘Decision Making ‘ question. The ‘decision making’ question based are generally exempt from negative marking. The preliminary examination is only meant for screening candidates for the subsequent stages of the exam. The mark obtained in preliminary will not be added up while arriving at the final rank list.

Syllabus for GS Paper (Preliminary Paper I)

  • History of India & Indian National Movement.
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • Economic and social Development –Sustainable Development,poverty,inclusion,demographic,social Sector initiatives ,etc.
  • Indian Polity and governance –Constitutions, political Systems, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Right issues, etc.
  • Indian and world Geography-Social, physical, Economics Geography of India and the world.
  • The general issue of environmental ecology, biodiversity & climate change that’s do not required subject specialization General Science.

Syllabus for CSAT Paper (Preliminary Paper II)

  • Basic numeracy (number and their relations,order of magnitude etc) class Xth level,Data interpretation (chart,graph,tables,data sufficiency etc.) class Xth level.
  • General mental ability.
  • Decision making and problem-solving.
  • Logical reasoning & analytical ability
  • Interpersonal skill includes communication skills.

How to Study Prepare of Prelims Exam

The UPSC prescribes a cutoff for the prelims exam. It is the minimum marks candidates have to scores in order to pass the exam.

This cutoff is revealed by the UPSC only after the entire process of the civil services exam is over for that’s year. The minimum qualifying marks or the cutoff mark are based on how the candidates the UPSC intend to take to the next round of the exams.

The CSAT mark is not counted for the merit rank based on which candidate is called to the main exam. It is only a qualifying paper. the GS 1 mark is only counted for the merit list.

The competition in the UPSC prelims is harsh. Out of, on an average,5 lakhs candidates who take the exam, only about 10000-15000 clear the prelims exam.

Aspirants have to work really hard and follow the best strategy to clear the prelims exam. Even though the CSAT is not counted for the ranking. It is prudent to take it seriously. A basic brush-up is essentials so as not to forget the 33% required.

UPSC Syllabus Prelims

For the Gs, I paper, all the subjects in the syllabus are important. you must take current affairs really seriously and have a dedicated approach for it. The newspaper is most important when it comes to current affairs. Read the daily newspaper and analyze it thoroughly from the IAS exam perspective. And, it makes a note based on what you have read. and take time to revision it.

The following steps to provide details prelims strategy and handy tips that you can incorporate in your IAS preparation .you can read our CNA news analysis,PIB, RSTV, Hindus and yojna articles  to help you in currents affair,polity –lakshmikant, agriculture,etc.and also watch our ‘The Hindu’ News analysis video for a crisp analysis and explanation of all the important news items

Detailed reference books for Indian History

  • India’s Ancient past-R.S Sharma(For Ancient Indian history)
  • History of Medieval India-Satish Chandra
  • India’s struggle for independence-Bipin Chandra
  • A Brief History of modern India-Spectrum
  • History of modern India-Bipin Chandra
  • Polity-Lakshmikant
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