IAS Preliminary Exam Syllabus

The UPSC conducts theCivil Services Examination (CSE) to shortlist the candidates for various postssuch as IAS, IPS and IFS. The Preliminary Examination is the first round of theselection process. Aspirants should appear for two general studies papers ofthe Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. They should note that:

General StudiesNo Of QuestionsNo of MarksDuration
Paper-I100200120 minutes (2 hours)
Paper-II80200120 minutes (2 hours)

General Studies Paper-II is also known as Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33.3%.

» IAS Prelims Syllabus For General Studies Paper 1

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