Prelims Syllabus

Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination

Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II). The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for main exam.

UPSC Syllabus for Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

Detailed syllabus alongwith Ideal Source for Coverage:

Component of SyllabusIdeal Source for Coverage
Current events of national and international importanceNewspaper Reading – The Hindu & Indian Express, Union Budget, Economic Survey & Indian Year Book of Publication Division of Government of India.
History of India and Indian National MovementNCERTs (Class VI –XII) &
History by Rajiv Ahir or History by Bipin Chandra &
Indian Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania
Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the WorldNCERTs (Class VI –XII) & Geography by GC Leong
Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.NCERTs (Class VI –XII) & Polity by Laxmikant
Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.NCERTs (Class VI –XII) & Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specializationMost of portion covered alongwith geography. Students may refer Shankar IAS Book on Environment
General ScienceNCERTs (Class VI –IX), Science & Technology Portion of Newspaper.

UPSC Syllabus for Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

  • 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).

Recommended book for Paper II for beginners is Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal. Candidates may refer comprehensive manual available in the market by TMH, Pearson or any other good publisher.

Merit in Prelims is determined only on basis of marks obtained in Paper I. In Paper II, candidate only needs to score minimum qualifying marks i.e. 33%.