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UPSC CSE Syllabus

UPSC CSE Syllabus

The UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) syllabus is extensive, covering a broad spectrum of subjects designed to assess a wide range of skills and knowledge. The examination is conducted in three stages: Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. Below, the syllabus for both the Preliminary and Mains stages is detailed according to the official UPSC CSE Syllabus.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Examination (Prelims)

The Prelims consist of two papers, both of which are objective type and carry a maximum of 200 marks each.

Paper I - General Studies (200 marks)

  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. Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  7. General Science.

Paper II - General Studies II (CSAT) (200 marks)

  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.
  7. Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc.) – Class X level.

Mains Examination

The Mains Examination consists of a written examination and an interview test. The written examination includes nine papers, but only seven of them are counted for final scoring.

Qualifying Papers:

  • Paper-A (One of the Indian Languages) chosen from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. 300 Marks.
  • Paper-B (English) 300 Marks.

Papers to be Counted for Merit:

  • Paper-I: Essay – 250 Marks.
  • Paper-II: General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) – 250 Marks.
  • Paper-III: General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and International relations) – 250 Marks.
  • Paper-IV: General Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security, and Disaster Management) – 250 Marks.
  • Paper-V: General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude) – 250 Marks.
  • Paper-VI: Optional Subject – Paper 1 – 250 Marks.
  • Paper-VII: Optional Subject – Paper 2 – 250 Marks.

Optional Subjects:

Candidates can choose one optional subject from a list provided by UPSC, which includes Literature of various languages, Anthropology, Sociology, Public Administration, Economics, Law, Geography, History, Political Science & International Relations, Philosophy, Psychology, and many others.

  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. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology

Literature of Languages

Candidates can choose any one literature from the languages listed below, irrespective of whether it is their mother tongue or not:

  1. Assamese
  2. Bengali
  3. Bodo
  4. Dogri
  5. English
  6. Gujarati
  7. Hindi
  8. Kannada
  9. Kashmiri
  10. Konkani
  11. Maithili
  12. Malayalam
  13. Manipuri
  14. Marathi
  15. Nepali
  16. Odia
  17. Punjabi
  18. Sanskrit
  19. Santhali
  20. Sindhi
  21. Tamil
  22. Telugu
  23. Urdu

Interview (Personality Test)

The Interview or Personality Test is not a test of specialized knowledge but assesses the overall intellectual qualities and the understanding of the candidates in a range of subjects.

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