UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination Syllabus

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UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination Syllabus

The UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination comprises of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.

Paper I – (200 marks) (Duration : Two hours)

  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.

Paper II – (200 marks) (Duration : Two hours)

  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);

Note 1 : Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

Note 2 : The questions are of multiple choice, objective type.

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 is disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

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