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 Syllabus||Ideal Source for Coverage|
|Current events of national and international importance||Newspaper 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 Movement||NCERTs (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 World||NCERTs (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 specialization||Most of portion covered alongwith geography. Students may refer Shankar IAS Book on Environment|
|General Science||NCERTs (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%.