UPSC Syllabus and Plan for IAS Prelims

The larger picture

Since the Civil Service Examination 2011, the Preliminary Examination has constantly been changing. First, optional subjects were removed from the Preliminary Examination and CSAT was introduced. Later in 2015, the CSAT (Paper II of the Preliminary Examination) was made qualifying.

The present scheme of the Preliminary Examination is as follows.

The Examination comprises of two Papers of 200 marks each

  1. General Studies – Paper I
  2. CSAT – Paper II
General Studies – Paper I

Syllabus

  1. Current events of national and international importance.
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement.
  3. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  7. General Science.

Structure of the paper

  • Number of questions: 100
  • Time allowed: 2 Hours
  • Nature of questions: Multiple choice type objective questions
  • Marks per question: 2
  • Total marks: 200
  • Negative marking for wrong answers: Yes [One third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.]

Importance of the GS Paper – I in overall plan of Prelims

The score in only this paper will decide your Preliminary Examination result. The CSAT paper is only qualifying.

A safe score in General Studies (Paper I) will be about 120 out of 200. If you are an aspirant for the Indian Forest Service Examination, your score in this paper should ideally be in the range of 130+ out of 200.

These are not easy scores to get. You need a well-planned preparation with consistent execution. Our courses can equip you well for the Preliminary Examination.

General Studies – Paper II (CSAT)

Important

From 2015 onwards, this paper has been made qualifying. You must obtain 33% score, that is 66 marks out of 200 to qualify in this paper.

Once you have qualified in this paper, the score obtained in this paper will otherwise not be considered in your Preliminary Examination result.

Syllabus

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  4. Decision-making and problem-solving.
  5. General mental ability.
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level) .
  7. English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Structure of the paper

  • Number of questions: 80
  • Time allowed: 2 Hours
  • Nature of questions: Multiple choice type objective questions
  • Marks per question: 2.5
  • Total marks: 200
  • Negative marking for wrong answers: Yes [One third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.]