UPSC Syllabus for Prelims: The Definitive Guide [2019]

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims: The Definitive Guide [2019]

Today’s I’m going to show you detailed UPSC syllabus for Prelims for UPSC aspirants
This article gives a broad overview of the UPSC prelims syllabus to aspirants.
IAS syllabus is divided into two parts i.e. UPSC prelims syllabus, UPSC mains syllabus.
The Civil Service exam is conducted in three phases
  1. Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)
  2. Mains Examination (Descriptive Type)
  3. Personal Interview (Personality Test)


The Preliminary exam is first stage of  UPSC exam and a candidate must clear to qualify for the mains exam.
Marks in prelims exam will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam.
Preliminary exam of IAS has two papers viz. General Ability test (Paper-1) and the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) (Paper-2).
The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination
and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services Preliminary Examination as may be determined by the Commission.
  • The Examination will comprise of two compulsory paper of 200 marks each.
    • General Studies – Paper I
    • CSAT – Paper II
  • Both the question papers will be the objective type (multiple choice questions)
  • The General studies paper- II of the civil services (preliminary)  examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33 %
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
  • Each paper will be of two hours duration.

General Studies – Paper I                                         Duration : Two hours

  • 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

CSAT – Paper II                                                                    Duration :Two hours

  • Comprehension
  • 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)


Section-wise Questions Distribution

Paper 1General Ability Test (GAT)200
Paper 2English Language and Aptitude200
 Total marks400

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