IAS Exam Syllabus and Exam pattern 2019

IAS Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2019
IAS Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2019

Indian Administrative Service (IAS), is a national level competitive exam conducted by UPSC every year. It is highly reputed examination which recruits candidates for civil services like IPS, IFS, IAAS, IRS, IDAS, CAPF-AF and others. Every year around 2 lakh candidates appear for the civil services examinations. Currently, IAS Application Form is released for IAS Preliminary Exam 2019. The IAS Prelims is scheduled on June 2, 2019. As the applications have already begun, it is important for candidates to start their preparation. So here we have provided the detailed IAS Exam Syllabus and Exam pattern for 2019. Go through the blog to know more in detail.

IAS Exam Pattern 2019

IAS Exam 2019 consists of 3 stages namely: Preliminary, Main and Personal Interview. Each Exam has a different pattern and number of questions. Well, we have explained in detail about all the stages of the exam.

  • The preliminary exam in IAS Exam 2019 is just a screening test to shortlist candidates for the further selection process.
  • Those who qualify Prelims are required to re-register for IAS Mains 2019 which is qualifying in nature.
  • Further, selected candidates will appear for the personal interview session.

IAS Exam Pattern for the stages is as below:

Specification Preliminary Mains
Mode Offline Offline
Medium Bilingual (English and Hindi) Bilingual (English and Hindi)
Number of Qualifying Papers 2 7
Total weightage 400 Marks (200 each) 1750 Marks
Type of Questions Objective Both Objective and Subjective
Negative Marking for each Wrong answer one-third (0.33) One-third (only for objective type questions)
Duration of exam 2 Hours per paper 3 Hours per paper

IAS Exam Syllabus 2019

IAS Syllabus is decided by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. Each stage in the IAS exam has a different syllabus.

IAS Exam Syllabus for Prelims

  • The preliminary exam is the first stage of the IAS Exam.
  • Candidate must clear Prelims in order to qualify for the mains exam.
  • IAS Prelims is just a screening test and marks scored in this stage will not be counted for the final merit list.
  • Preliminary Stage of IAS has two papers: General Ability Test (GAT) (Paper-1) and the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) (Paper-2).

IAS Exam Syllabus for Paper 1

  • The paper I of IAS Prelims includes different topics which hold a weightage of 200 marks.
  • All questions will be objective in nature.
  • The total duration to complete the test is 2 hours.
  • Marks obtained in Paper 1 will be counted for the merit rank.
IAS Exam Syllabus for Paper 1
Current events of national and international importance
History of India and Indian National Movement
Indian Polity and Governance Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, and Rights Issues
Economic and Social Development‐Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, and General issues on Environmental ecology
General Science
Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
Biodiversity and Climate Change ‐ that do not require subject specialization and General Science

IAS Exam Syllabus for Paper 2

  • All questions will be objective in nature.
  • The total weightage of questions in Paper 2 is 200 marks.
  • The total duration of Paper 2 is 2 hours.
  • Marks obtained in Paper 2 will not be counted for the merit rank in Prelims but will be considered as a Qualifying Paper.
  • Candidates need 33% marks to clear IAS Mains.
IAS Exam Syllabus for paper 2
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)

IAS Exam Syllabus for Mains

  • This paper assesses a candidate’s academic expertise in his specialized subject.
  • The number of candidates to be admitted to IAS Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.
IAS Main Examination
Qualifying Papers Paper A (Indian Language)

Paper B (English)

Paper to be counted for Merit Paper I – Paper VII
Interview Personality Test

Go through the below listed out syllabus for each paper.

Paper I 

  • It consists of questions to test the writing skills of the candidate. Thus, it is purely subjective with no objective type questions.
  • The language for the paper is English thus candidates have no option of answering in any other language.
  • Total marks awarded to this paper are 250.

Paper II

  • The candidates have to answer objective type questions based on Indian Heritage along with the History and Geography of the World in Paper II.
  • The total weightage of Paper II is 250 marks.

Paper III

  • Paper III is also the objective type which comprises questions on Constitution, Social Justice and International relations of India.
  • The questions hold a total weightage of 250 marks.

Paper IV

  • Paper IV is named General Studies III and contains multiple choice questions.
  • The questions are based on Technology, Bio-Diversity and Disaster Management with a weightage of 250 marks.

Paper V

  • Candidates are asked questions based on Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
  • Questions are objective in nature and hold a weightage of 250 marks.

Paper VI and VII

  • Paper VI and Paper VII are optional subjects for Paper I and Paper II of UPSC Mains.
  • Candidates have to attempt both the Papers separately.
  • Each Paper holds a weightage of 250 marks respectively.

Practice with our IAS mock test to get familiarity with the pattern and type of questions that are asked in the exam. Also, you can identify and improve your weak areas.

IAS Personality Test/ Interview

  • All candidates who successfully clear IAS Prelims and Mains will be called for an Interview Round.
  • This stage is conducted for a total of 275 marks.
  • Candidates will be asked some questions on general topics.
  • Candidates can also choose one language in which they wish to be interviewed.
  • This interview will test a candidate’s mental caliber, mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity. and his personal suitability.
  • Candidates must secure at least 55% in this round.
  • A candidate securing 60% and above will most likely get a service of his choice.

Thus, hope you have understood the IAS Exam Syllabus and pattern for 2019. We will keep you posted on the latest news. Stay tuned. In the meantime, candidates can start their preparation with IAS Recommended Books to score more in all stages.

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