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Civil Services examinations are competitive exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India to recruit candidates for various civil service positions in the government of India. These exams are widely considered to be one of the toughest exams in India, with a rigorous selection process that tests candidates on their knowledge, aptitude, and leadership skills.

The Civil Services Prelims (CSP) 2024 exam is scheduled to be held on  26 May 2024.

सिविल सेवा परीक्षाएँ भारत सरकार में विभिन्न सिविल सेवा पदों के लिए उम्मीदवारों की भर्ती के लिए भारत के संघ लोक सेवा आयोग (यूपीएससी) द्वारा आयोजित प्रतियोगी परीक्षाएँ हैं। इन परीक्षाओं को व्यापक रूप से भारत में सबसे कठिन परीक्षाओं में से एक माना जाता है, जिसमें एक कठोर चयन प्रक्रिया होती है जो उम्मीदवारों को उनके ज्ञान, योग्यता और नेतृत्व कौशल पर परीक्षण करती है।

The Civil Services examinations consist of three stages: the Preliminary examination (Objective Type), the Main examination (Descriptive Type), and the Interview. The Preliminary exam is a qualifying exam that tests the candidate's basic knowledge and understanding of various subjects, while the Main exam is an in-depth evaluation of the candidate's knowledge, aptitude, and leadership skills.

सिविल सेवा परीक्षाओं में तीन चरण होते हैं: प्रारंभिक परीक्षा (वस्तुनिष्ठ प्रकार), मुख्य परीक्षा (वर्णनात्मक प्रकार), और साक्षात्कार। प्रारंभिक परीक्षा एक योग्यता परीक्षा है जो उम्मीदवार के बुनियादी ज्ञान और विभिन्न विषयों की समझ का परीक्षण करती है, जबकि मुख्य परीक्षा उम्मीदवार के ज्ञान, योग्यता और नेतृत्व कौशल का गहन मूल्यांकन है।

The Civil Services examinations are held annually, and candidates who clear all three stages are appointed to various civil service positions, such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Revenue Service (IRS), among others. These positions offer high levels of responsibility, power, and prestige, and are highly sought after by ambitious and talented individuals.

सिविल सेवा परीक्षाएँ प्रतिवर्ष आयोजित की जाती हैं, और तीनों चरणों को उत्तीर्ण करने वाले उम्मीदवारों को विभिन्न सिविल सेवा पदों पर नियुक्त किया जाता है, जैसे कि भारतीय प्रशासनिक सेवा (आईएएस), भारतीय पुलिस सेवा (आईपीएस), भारतीय विदेश सेवा (आईएफएस), और भारतीय राजस्व सेवा।

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UPSC Syllabus Overview

UPSC Pre Exam Pattern General Studies I General Studies II or CSAT
Number of questions 100 80
Negative Marking Yes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)

-0.66 marks for every incorrect answer

Yes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)

-0.83 marks for every incorrect answer

Timing 2 hours 2 hours
Language of exam English/Hindi English/Hindi
Maximum marks 200 200
Cut Off marks 70+ questions expected 33% qualifying criteria (66 marks)

UPSC Prelims Syllabus

UPSC Prelims Syllabus: There are certain topics that have a high weightage and questions are repeatedly asked about such topics. Candidates are advised to go through the IAS Prelims Syllabus 2023 before strategizing their preparation. Candidates can check for UPSC Prelims 2023 Syllabus here.
UPSC Prelims Syllabus for General Studies (Paper I)

  • Current events of National & International importance.
  • History of India & Indian National Movement.
  • Indian & World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India & the World.
  • Indian Polity & Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic & Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity & climate change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus for CSAT (Paper-II)

  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning & analytical ability.
  • Decision-making & problem-solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy and data interpretation.
  • Comprehension

UPSC Mains Syllabus

The UPSC Mains Syllabus is an extensive framework that covers a wide range of subjects and topics. It is designed to assess the comprehensive knowledge and understanding of candidates in various disciplines. The UPSC mains syllabus includes subjects like Essay Writing, General Studies (GS) Papers I to IV, and Optional Subjects chosen by the candidates.
UPSC Mains Exam consist of 9 papers of conventional and descriptive type format. Out of which two papers (General English and Hindi) will be of qualifying in nature. The details of the UPSC Mains syllabus have been meticulously dealt with in this section. Do read it to have a comprehensive understanding of this phase of the examination.

UPSC Mains Syllabus for Language Paper

The UPSC Mains Syllabus for Language Paper is designed to assess candidates’ proficiency and understanding of language and literature. This paper is meant to evaluate the candidate’s ability to express themselves effectively and coherently in the chosen language.

1. UPSC Mains Syllabus for the English Language

Here is the UPSC Civil Services Syllabus for the English Language:

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.

2. UPSC Mains Syllabus for Indian Languages

Here is the UPSC IAS Syllabus for Indian Languages:

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.
  • Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.

UPSC Mains Syllabus for Essay Paper

The UPSC IAS Syllabus for Essay Paper consists of various topics of the entire UPSC IAS Syllabus. Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

UPSC Mains Syllabus for General Studies I

The UPSC IAS Syllabus for General Studies I consists of Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World, and Society. Below is a detailed explanation of the UPSC IAS Syllabus for General Studies I.

  • 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, and 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.
  • History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as the industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc., and their forms and their effect on society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, Volcanic activity, cyclones, etc., geographical features and their location changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

UPSC Mains Syllabus for General Studies II

The UPSC IAS Syllabus for General Studies II consists of Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and International Relations. Below is a detailed explanation of the UPSC IAS Syllabus for General Studies II:

  • Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions, and basic structure.
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels, and challenges therein.
  • Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
  • Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges, and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization, and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Statutory, regulatory, and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, and Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability, and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional, and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies, and fora – their structure, mandate.

UPSC Mains Syllabus for General Studies III

The UPSC IAS Syllabus for General Studies III consists of Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security, and Disaster Management. Below is a detailed explanation of the UPSC IAS Syllabus for General Studies III:

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development, and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crop-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, – different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport, and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System-objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy, and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and development of new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, biotechnology, and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution, and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money laundering, and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

UPSC Mains Syllabus for General Studies IV

The UPSC IAS Syllabus for General Studies IV consists of Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. Below is a detailed explanation of the UPSC IAS Syllabus for General Studies IV:
This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitudes and approaches to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life, and problem-solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants, and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers, and administrators; the role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance, and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations, and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on the above issues.

UPSC Mains Syllabus for Optional Subjects

The UPSC IAS Syllabus has Optional Subject Papers I & II. Here you have to choose any one subject from the list and the subject will have two papers.

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and English.

Preparation Strategy for UPSC Prelims

The Civil Services Prelims (CSP) 2024 exam is scheduled to be held on  26 May 2024.

The following strategy will help candidates to score well in the exam.

  • Current Affairs are an important part of UPSC Prelims. Ideally, candidates should prepare 12 to 15 months’ worth of current affairs.
  • Important sources for current affairs preparation for UPSC exam 2023 are:
    1. Yojana Magazine
    2. Newspapers (The Hindu/The Indian Express)
    3. PRS
    4. Press Information Bureau (PIB)
    5. Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)
  • However, if you are pressed for time, BYJU’S free IAS preparation provides:
    1. PRS
    2. The gist of Yojana
    3. The gist of EPW
    4. Develop India Englis weekly
    5. Indian Express daily
    6. Daily video analysis of The Hindu
    7. Economy This Week for UPSC Preparation
  • Candidates should prepare for UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains simultaneously as there is a syllabus overlap. Check the complete IAS Syllabus 2023.
  • For CSAT or General Studies Paper-II in UPSC Prelims, go through the previous years’ question papers to gauge your level. As such, there is not much preparation needed for CSAT, however, only you can take that call. For complete information on CSAT including books, strategy and trend analysis, refer to the link.
  • Making Notes for the UPSC Prelims and Mains is a must. Having notes in your own handwriting is preferred by some candidates, however, considering the time constraint, we have given links for important notes from NCERTs and BYJU’S classroom notes for IAS Prelims.
    1. NCERT notes – Ancient Indian History for UPSC Prelims
    2. NCERT notes – Medieval History of India for UPSC Prelims
    3. NCERT notes – Modern Indian History and Indian National Movement for UPSC Prelims
    4. NCERT notes – Art, culture, and architecture for UPSC Prelims
    5. NCERT notes – Geography (Physical) notes for UPSC Prelims
  • As the questions in UPSC Prelims are all objective-type, it is essential to practice solving MCQs during the preparation. Here, we have given a list of MCQs for different subjects for UPSC Prelims 2023.
    1. DIG MCQs on Polity for UPSC Prelims
    2. DIG MCQs on Indian Economy for UPSC Prelims
    3. DIG MCQs on General Knowledge for UPSC Prelims
    4. DIG MCQs on Science and Technology for UPSC Prelims
    5. DIG MCQs on Environment and Ecology for UPSC Prelims
    6. DIG Weekly Current Affairs quiz for UPSC Prelims
  • For UPSC Prelims preparation, there are a few topics that candidates just can’t afford to miss. At BYJU’S free IAS preparation, we have compiled them into easy to read articles tailor-made for Prelims revision.
    • Indian Constitution – All important Features
    • Important topics from Ancient Indian History
    • List of important monuments in India
    • National parks Reserves in the news
    • Important topics from Medieval History of India
    • List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India
    • Timelines for quick revision – Medieval History of India
    • List of Thermal Power Plants in India
    • Geography preparation through Maps
    • List of National Waterways in India
    • List of diseases and causing agents
    • List of Mahajanapadas (Ancient Indian History)
    • List of Important Days and Dates
    • List of National Highways in India
    • List of important Straits
    • List of Environment Conventions and Protocols
    • List of Indian Army Exercises 
    • Government Schemes 
    • List of Ramsar Sites in India
  • Focus Areas for different subjects in UPSC Prelims
    1. Indian Independence movement:
      • Main congress sessions with the year, president and important resolutions
      • Significant viceroys and their period with important decisions
      • The Government of India Acts 1909, 1919, 1935 and charter acts
    2. Ancient history:
      • Hindu philosophy, Buddhism and Jainism
      • Mauryan and Gupta Period
      • Art, architecture and scientific development during that period
    3. Medieval history:
      • Important kings such as Sher Shah, Akbar, etc.
      • Delhi Sultanate
    4. Polity:
      • Here, importance should be given to current events, such as any changes in the constitution, new acts or amendments, and schemes
      • Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP)
      • Committee system, parliament, and parliamentary proceedings
      • Judiciary
      • Constitutional bodies
    5. S&T:
      • For basic science concepts, refer to NCERT books selectively as in-depth knowledge is not needed
      • Focus on current affairs part
    6. Environment and Ecology
      • Important declarations, conventions
      • IUCN’s Red List
      • Biosphere Reserves, Tiger Reserves etc.
      • International bodies
    7. Geography:
      • Solar system
      • Latitudes and longitudes
      • Layers of the atmosphere
      • Global atmospheric wind, cyclones
      • Pressure belts
      • Revolution, rotation and seasons
      • Monsoons
      • Types of rainfall
      • Koeppen classification
      • Jet streams, ocean currents
      • El Nino, La Nina
      • India’s physical geography (NCERT)
      • Rivers, hills, soil (India)
      • Mineral resources (India), Geological history of India
      • Basics of agriculture (NCERT)
      • Maps
    8. Economy:
      • Importance should be given to current events like new bills and important committees
      • focus on basic and fundamental concepts like:
        • Growth and development, poverty, unemployment, inflation
        • State of the national and global economy
        • Major committees and bills
        • Latest budget and economic survey

UPSC Prelims – Trend Analysis

UPSC Prelims 2023 expected trend may be fallow :

UPSC Prelims 2023 GS Paper 1 Subject-Wise Analysis
Subject Number of questions
History 20
Economy 14
Polity 18
Environment & Ecology 11
Geography 13
Science & Technology 8
Current Affairs 16
Total 100

Here is the topic-wise weightage of the UPSC Prelims Exam 2022. Check the number of questions asked in the UPSC Prelims Paper 1.

Subject No. of Questions
Environment & Ecology (Including respective Current Affairs) 17
Indian Polity and Governance 13
India and World Geography 12
General Science and S&T (Including Current Development) 14
Economics 17
Ancient History 1
Art & Culture 7
Medieval History 4
Modern History 4
International Relations 11
Total Questions 100
UPSC Prelims 2021 GS Paper 1 Subject-Wise Analysis
Subject Number of questions
History 20
Economy 10
Polity 14
Environment & Ecology 11
Geography 10
Science & Technology 08
Current Affairs 27
Total 100
UPSC Prelims 2020 GS Paper 1 Subject-Wise Analysis
Subject Number of questions
History 18
Economy 14
Polity 16
Environment & Ecology 17
Geography 10
Science & Technology 10
Current Affairs 15
Total 100
UPSC Prelims 2019 GS Paper 1 Subject-Wise Analysis
Subject Number of questions
History 17
Economy 14
Polity 15
Environment & Ecology 11
Geography 14
Science & Technology 7
Current Affairs 22
Total 100

IAS Prelims Study Materials List

General Studies Paper I

History and Culture

  • DIG Study Notes (in the history above 90% question asked from these notes)
  • NCERT books (classes XI and XII)
  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
  • Develop India newspaper
  • The Hindu newspaper

Geography

  • DIG Study Notes (in the Geography of India above 90% question asked from these notes)
  • NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)
  • NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)
  • India Yearbook (Geography related chapters)
  • Develop India newspaper
  • The Hindu newspaper
  • Indian Express newspaper

Economics

  • DIG Study Notes (in the history above 79% question asked from these notes)
  • NCERT VIII-XII
  • Budget & Economic Survey
  • Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
  • India Yearbook all Chapters
  • Business Standard newspaper
  • Develop India newspaper
  • PRS website
  • Frontline magazine

Indian Polity

  • DIG Study Notes (in the history above 95% question asked from these notes)
  • NCERT VIII-XII
  • Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth
  • The Constitution of India – P.M. Bakshi
  • Develop India newspaper
  • The Hindu newspaper
  • Indian Express newspaper
  • Yojana magazine

International Relations

Environment – Biodiversity & Agriculture

  • DIG Study Notes
  • NCERT Books VIII-XII (topic-wise)
  • India Yearbook (Current edition): Related chapters
  • Nature magazine

Science & Technology

Current Affairs

General Studies Paper II (CSAT)

Maths, Data Interpretation

  • DIG Study Notes
  • NCERT Books (classes VII – IX): If you are weak in Mathematics
  • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual

Comprehension, Inferences

English Language, Verbal Ability

  • DIG Study Notes
  • English Reading Comprehension – Anjani A. Gupta
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning –R.S. Aggarwal

Decision Making, Communication Skill

Reasoning, Arrangement, Blood Relations

  • DIG Study Notes
  • Analytical Reasoning – M.K. Pandey
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R.S. Aggarwal

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