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Indian Civil Services

IAS Syllabus

Aspirants, who are going to participate in UPSC exam 2017 we are providing complete information related to UPSC Syllabus and Exam pattern of 2017 for Preliminary & Mains Exam as per your convenience. Union Public Service Commission conduct Indian Civil Services exam, for appointing capable candidates under various Posts. Every year, huge candidates participate in this exam. So, before start preparation you should know the syllabus of exam and pattern of 2017. So, applicants are advised to read and start your examination preparation according to it, applicants are advised to make your strategy according to this.

UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Preliminary & Mains Exam Syllabus

In this section, we are giving UPSC Syllabus 2017 for Preliminary exam and main exam. Preliminary Exam consist 2 papers i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2.

UPSC Preliminary Exam
Paper 1 - GS
  • History of India and Indian national movement
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization General Science.
  • Indian and world geography- Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian politics and governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Current events of national and international importance
  • Economic and social development Ecology- – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
Paper 2 - CSAT
  • Comprehension
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • General mental ability
  • English language comprehension skills
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).
UPSC Main Exam

In this segment, we are providing UPSC Syllabus for main exams. Main examination consist 2 paper i.e. paper A and paper B. In paper A, there are 2 parts and In Paper B there is 7 parts.

Paper A
Paper I:  Any Indian Language

In this, candidates have to choose one language from Languages which included in Eighth Schedule of Constitution. This exam is not compulsory for candidates who are from States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Paper II: English

Purpose of this paper is to test candidate’s skills to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his thoughts correctly, in English and concerned Indian Language..

Pattern of questions would be mostly as follows:-
  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
Paper B:
Paper Subject Topics
III Essay Candidates will require writing an essay on a specific topic. Choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to topic of essay to assemble their ideas in orderly and to write in brief.
Iv General Studies 1 (Indian Heritage/Culture, World History & Geography)
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
v General Studies 2 (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)
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
vI General Studies 3 (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management)
Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
Government Budgeting.
Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
vII General Studies 4 (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)
Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
VIII and IX Optional 1 (Of your choice) Botany, Economics, General Studies, Geography, Management, Philosophy, Public Administration
Agriculture, Chemistry, Medical science, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Sociology, Statistics, Law, Essays, Commerce & Accountancy and Psychology

Important Notice: For paper VIII and IX, Candidates can select any ONE optional subject from amongst list of subjects provided above.

Exam Pattern

In this segment, you can check examination pattern of Indian Civil Service Exam. According to this paper pattern you can know about the weightage of subject.

UPSC exam is divided into in three parts.
  • Preliminary exam
  • Main exam
  • Interview
A) Preliminary Exam
Paper Subjects Total Marks Duration
I General Studies 200 marks 2 hours
II Aptitude Skills 200 marks 2 hours
B) Main Exam
Papers Topics Total Marks
I One Of The Indian Languages Chosen From The Prescribed List 300
II English 300
III Essay 250
IV/V/VI/VII General Studies (250 Marks For Each Paper) 1000
VIII & IX Optional Subject 1 500
Total Marks For Written Examination 1750
C) Interview Test

Aspirants who will qualify both Preliminary and Main exam will be called for Interview. Interview test will be of 275 marks.

Age Criteria for UPSC Exam
Category Upper Age Limit No. of Attempts Allowed
General 32 Years 06 Attempts
Other Backwards Castes (OBC) 32 Years with relaxation of 03 years = 35 years 09 Attempts
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 32 Years with relaxation of 05 Years = 37 years Till the Upper Age limit
Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic) 32 years with relaxation of 10 years = 42 years For the General and OBC Candidates= 09 attempts
For SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited till age limit
Jammu & Kashmir Domicile General = 37 years, OBC = 40 Years, SC/ST = 42 Years, PH = 50 years Up to the Upper Age limit
Disabled servicemen disabled from duty General= 37 years OBC = 38 Years SC/ST = 40 Years Up to the Upper Age limit
Educational Qualification for Appearing in UPSC Exam 2017
  • A degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with Detailed Application Form for Civil Services (Main) Examination

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