UPSC Syllabus | Exam Pattern

UPSC Syllabus | UPSC Pre and Mains Syllabus

UPSC Syllabus

UPSC Syllabus 2024 Preliminary Examination

UPSC Syllabus

General Studies Paper-I

  • 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, Biodiversity and Climate Change
  • General Science

General Studies Paper-II (CSAT)

  • 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)

UPSC Syllabus 2024 for Mains Examination

Paper A: Indian Languages:-

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precise Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.
  • Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa

Paper B: English

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precise Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.

PAPER-I: Essay:

  • Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics.

PAPER-II: General Studies-I:

  • Indian Heritage and Culture
  • Modern Indian History
  • World History
  • Indian Society
  • Geography

PAPER-III: General Studies-II:

  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian Polity
  • Social Justice
  • Indian Governance
  • International Relations

PAPER-IV: General Studies-III:

Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
  • Indian Economy
  • Science and Technology
  • Environment & Biodiversity
  • Disaster Management
  • Security

PAPER-V: General Studies-IV:

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
  • Ethics and Human Interface
  • Attitude
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public Administration
  • Probity in Governance

PAPER-VI & PAPER VII: Optional Subject Papers I & II: Candidates may choose any optional subjects.

  1. Agriculture 
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science 
  3. Anthropology 
  4. Botany 
  5. Chemistry 
  6. Civil Engineering 
  7. Commerce and Accountancy 
  8. Economics 
  9. Electrical Engineering 
  10. Geography 
  11. Geology 
  12. History 
  13. Law 
  14. Assamese 
  15. Bengali 
  16. Dogri 
  17. English 
  18. Gujarati 
  19. Hindi 
  20. Kannada 
  21. Kashmiri 
  22. Konkani 
  23. Maithili
  1. Malayalam 
  2. Manipuri 
  3. Marathi 
  4. Nepali 
  5. Odia 
  6. Punjabi 
  7. Sanskrit 
  8. Santhali 
  9. Sindhi 
  10. Tamil 
  11. Telugu 
  12. Urdu 
  13. Mathematics 
  14. Mechanical Engineering 
  15. Medical Science 
  16. Philosophy 
  17. Physics 
  18. Political Science and International 
  19. Psychology 
  20. Public Administration 
  21. Sociology 
  22. Statistics 
  23. Zoology

UPSC Exam Pattern

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

General Studies I

 Paper Type

  Objective

Time

2 Hrs.

Negative marks

Yes (1/3)

No. of questions

100

Total Marks

200

General Studies II (CSAT)

Qualifying Papers (min 33%)

Paper Type

Objective

Time

2 Hrs.

Negative marks

Yes (1/3)

No. of questions

80

Total Marks

200

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Subjects
Marks
Time

Qualifying Papers (min 25% each paper)

Paper A: Compulsory Indian language

300

3 Hrs.

Paper B: English

300

3 Hrs.

Marks to be counted for Merit

Paper I: Essay

250

3 Hrs.

Paper-II: General Studies I

250

3 Hrs.

Paper III: General Studies II

250

3 Hrs.

Paper IV: General Studies III

250

3 Hrs.

Paper V: General Studies IV

250

3 Hrs.

Paper VI: Optional I

250

3 Hrs.

Paper VII: Optional II

250

3 Hrs.

UPSC Interview / Personality Test

The UPSC interview is of 275 marks. Here the board members examine certain qualities of the candidate with respect to the administrative skills required to handle a post which is so prestigious in the country because of its responsibilities.

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