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UPSC Syllabus 2020 - IAS Syllabus For Prelims, Mains

GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-1 (TWO HOURS, 200 MARKS)

  • Current affairs - National & International
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic.
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • Economic and Social Development
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change
  • General Science and Science and Technology

CSAT PAPER-II (TWO HOURS, 200 MARKS)

  • Comprehension, Interpersonal skills, communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability Basic numeracy

CIVIL SERVICES EXAM SYLLABUS OF MAIN EXAMINATION

PATTERN OF QUALIFYING PAPERS ON INDIAN LANGUAGES AND ENGLISH

The aim of UPSC placing qualifying language papers in the pattern of IAS exam is to substantiate that a candidate can read, write and understand these languages up to an optimum level.

The pattern of IAS qualifying papers is as follows:

  • Comprehension.
  • Précis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.

Indian Languages: —

  • Comprehension.
  • Précis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.
  • Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.

PAPER-I

Essay:

  • essays on multiple topics in 1000-1200 words.
  • keep closely to the subject of the essay
  • Arrange ideas in orderly fashion
  • write concisely.
  • Credit for effective and exact expression.

PAPER-II

(General Studies-I: Art & Culture, History, Geography, Society)

Indian culture (Ancient to Modern) - salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture.

  • Modern Indian history – 18th Century, Events, Personalities.
  • Freedom Struggle — stages, contributors/contributions.
  • Reorganization and post-Independence consolidation.
  • History of the world & Political philosophies
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Women, population, poverty, urbanization.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  • Social empowerment, communism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world.
  • Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world.
  • Important Geophysical phenomena.

PAPER-III

(General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.)

  • Indian Constitution – history to latest amendments.
  • Federalism- Union and the States.
  • Separation of powers, dispute redressal.
  • Indian Constitution Vs the rest of the world.
  • Parliament and State legislatures.
  • Executive and the Judiciary.
  • Pressure groups and their role.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Constitutional posts and bodies- Appointment, Powers and Responsibilities.
  • Statutory, regulatory, quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government policies and interventions.
  • Development processes and the development industry.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections.
  • Health, education, Human resources, poverty and hunger.
  • governance, transparency, accountability, e-governance, citizens charter.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • India and its neighborhood
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on  India’s  interests
  • Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

PAPER-IV

(General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio -diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

  • Indian Economy - planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment
  • Inclusive growth
  • Government Budgeting
  • Cropping Patterns in the country
  • Farm subsidies- Direct & Indirect, Minimum Support Price, PDS, Buffer stock.
  • Food processing industries, downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms.
  • Liberalization, industrial policy, Industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- Indigenous technology, Achievements of Indians in Science & technology
  • intellectual property rights.
  • Environmental pollution and degradation.
  • Environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • development and extremism.
  • internal security- state and non-state actors, challenges and related issues.
  • External Security challenges - linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

PAPER-V

(General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

  • The aim of this paper is to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life.
  • problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him.
  • Case studies would help in determining above attributes.

Topics covered:

  • Ethics and Human Interface.
  • Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions.
  • dimensions of ethics
  • ethics - in private and public relationships.
  • Human Values
  • Attitude: content, structure, function.
  • Thought and behavior.
  • moral and political attitudes.
  • social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration.
  • ethical issues in international relations and funding.
  • corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance.
  • Right to Information.
  • Codes of Ethics.
  • Codes of Conduct.
  • Citizen’s Charters.
  • Work culture.
  • Quality  of  service  delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on above issues.

PAPER-VI & PAPER VII

Optional Subject Papers I & II

Candidate may choose any optional subject from amongst the List of Optional Subjects.

  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Political Science and International relations
  • Anthropology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography

LITERATURE OPTIONAL SUBJECTS:

Telugu, Urdu, English, Gujarati, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri and Konkani.

What decides your fate in UPSC?

Your entry into the civil services is decided by your aggregate marks of Mains (1750) + Interview (275).

That is, you have to cross a cut off which is released by UPSC at the final stage for 2025 marks (Maximum Marks). In 2018, the cut off was 982 for 2025 marks (for general category).

In a nutshell, UPSC is a game of overall performance and cut off marks. You have to excel and sustain excellence at every stage. The goal is to cross the cut off every time and cross it by a bigger margin.

Paper-I (200 Marks) Duration : 2 Hrs.
Paper-II (200 Marks) Duration : 2 Hrs.
S.No. Subject S.No. Subject
1. Indian History and Freedom Struggle 1. Decision Making & Problem Solving
2. World and Indian Geography : Physical, Social, Economic, Political Geog. 2. Interpersonal Skill & Communication Skill)
3. Indian Polity : (i) Constitution 3. Comprehension
4. Indian Economy 4. Administrative Analytical Reasoning
5. General Science : (i) Zoology (ii) Botany (iii) Physics and Chemistry 5. Basic Numeracy
6. Bio diversity 6. General Mental Ability
7. Ecology and Environment 7. Data Interpretation
8. Current Events of National and International Importance

Note 1: The CSAT aptitude test or Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination will be a qualifying paper only with a minimum of 33% to be secured to sit for the Civil Services (Mains) exam.

Note 2: The questions in both Paper-I (current affairs) and Paper-II (aptitude test) will be of multiple choice, objective type for 200 marks each and the time allotted for each paper is two hours.

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 or she does not appear in both the papers of the (Prelims) exam.

Civil Services Mains Exam 2019 Syllabus

The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Paper A - Modern Indian language 300 Marks - Qualifying nature - Marks not counted - Passing mandatory-

Comprehension of given passages.

Precis Writing

Usage and Vocabulary.

Short Essay

Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.

Note 1: The Papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

Note 2: The candidates will have to answer the English and Indian Languages papers in English and the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved).

Paper B - English -300 marks - Qualifying nature - Marks not counted- Passing mandatory. The aim of the paper is to test the candidates' ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian Language concerned.

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows:-

Comprehension of given passages

Precis Writing

Usage and Vocabulary

Short Essay.

Paper-I

Essay - 250 Marks:-

  • To be written in the medium or language of the candidate's choice - Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic.
  • The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely.
  • Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Paper-II

General Studies-I 250 Marks:-(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of world's physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Paper-III

General Studies -II: 250 Marks:- (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People's Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.

PAPER-IV

General Studies -III 250 Marks:-(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

  • Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment Disaster and disaster management.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Paper-V

General Studies -IV 250 Marks (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

  • This paper will include questions to test the candidates' attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.
  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
  • Human Values - lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen's Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on above issues.

Paper-VI

Optional Subject - Paper I -250 Marks

Paper-VII

Optional Subject - Paper II -250 Marks

NOTE:
Marks obtained by the candidates for all papers EXCEPT PAPER A & B will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all papers of the examination Aspirants can log on to UPSC's official website (www.upsc.gov.in) to see the detailed notification.

Candidates may choose any ONE optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given below.

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