UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in three phases:
Phase 1: Preliminary Examination or CSAT (Objective Section)
Phase 2: Main Examination (Subjective Section)
Phase 3: Interview
UPSC Prelims Syllabus:
CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test is the first phase of preliminary examination of UPSC. This test is intended to assess the aptitude of examinees in solving the ‘Reasoning and Analytical’ questions.IAS prelims exam consists of two papers of objective type, each of 200 marks (total of 400 marks) and 2 hours of duration and candidates must take both the papers.
The preliminary examination is meant for screening the candidate and the marks obtained by a candidate in the prelims who qualifies to the mains exam will not be be taken in account to determine their final merit.
Phase-1 : Prelim Exam based on Paper-1 (General Studies: 200 Marks) & Paper-2 (Aptitude Skills: 200 Marks)
Syllabus for 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 specialisation General Science
Syllabus for Paper-2
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)
Phase-2: Main Exam
The phase 2 tests candidate’s academic talent in depth and his/her ability to present understanding in a reasonable way. The IAS mains examination is designed to analyse the comprehensive intellectual quality and the understanding of candidates rather than just determining their information and memory.
The UPSC mains exam consists of 9 papers, in which two are qualifying papers of 300 marks each:
I. Any Indian Language
These two papers just need to qualify which is compulsory and marks obtained will not be considered or counted.
And the rest of seven papers can be written in any of the languages mentioned as in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or in English. Below given the remaining seven papers:
Paper-I: Essay that can be written in the medium or language of the candidate's choice-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, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)-250 marks
Paper-V: General Studies- IV(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)(Marks carried by General Studies was 4X250=1000)-250 marks
Paper-VI: Optional Subject - Paper 1-250 marks
Paper-VII: Optional Subject - Paper II-250 marks
Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject " and candidate need not to be a graduate in that language’s literature.
Phase-3: The Interview test will be of 275 marks.
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