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IAS/UPSC Prelims Syllabus : IAS/UPSC Mains Syllabus

To ace the UPSC Civil Service Examinations, it is very important to know the syllabus. The single open-secret of all the IAS exam toppers is that they always stick to the syllabus. Although it is considered that the UPSC has been asking unpredictable questions in the past few years, the one thing that has been consistent in the preparation of the examination for the Indian Administrative Services is the syllabus. GS SCORE tries to streamline your preparation in line with the syllabus to guide you to a successful career in this very attempt without reading everything under the sun. Get to the core of UPSC with GS SCORE. The syllabus can be found on the official UPSC website. We also provide it below for your benefit.

Different stages of the UPSC Civil Services Examination have different syllabi. They check the different qualities and aspects of an aspirant to extract the créme de la créme from them for the prestigious services.

The Preliminary examination is the first phase in the UPSC IAS examination, which tests general awareness, critical thinking and logical abilities of an IAS aspirant. The objective-type questions are made to eliminate the maximum number of candidates. To clear this phase, IAS aspirants require a proper strategy, conceptual clarity, and regular revision. Thus, the UPSC syllabus becomes very important to strategise according to individual strengths and weaknesses. The preliminary phase of the IAS exam has two papers. Paper-I has general awareness questions and Paper-II has aptitude questions. Recently, Paper-I has gained more attention from candidates as it becomes the deciding factor for the cut-off marks decided by the UPSC after the examination. Whereas Paper-II has become qualifying in nature and has been ignored by candidates thereafter. Although, it is necessary to get more than 33% marks in Paper-II for qualifying for the Mains examination. Proper revision and practising the basic fundamental topics will prove to be useful for IAS aspirants to clear the Paper-II with ease. There is not much to worry about the Paper-II, but it should not be completely ignored.

The Mains phase of the UPSC Civil Service Examinations (CSE) is much more complex and challenging. It tests the knowledge and intellectual traits, conceptual clarity and understanding of fundamental concepts, coherency and preciseness with clarity of expression. IAS aspirants should have a clear strategy for the UPSC Mains examination as the marks in Mains are a major component of deciding the ranks in the final list, which decides different posts like IAS, IPS, IFS, or IRS. Also, only the aspirants who clear the UPSC Mains examination cut-off get to appear in the coveted UPSC interview. The comprehensive syllabus provided by UPSC for Mains makes it easier for candidates to strategise and focus in the right direction. GS SCORE also provides a micro-listing of topics which enlists detailed topic-wise syllabus helping the IAS aspirants to complete their preparation with a better understanding of the UPSC Mains syllabus to help them achieve success in this very attempt.

Paper 1

Indian Culture

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Modern History

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Post-independence consolidation

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World History

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Indian society

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Geography

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Paper 2

Polity

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Governance

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International Relations

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Paper 3

Indian Economy

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Agriculture

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Environment

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Science and Technology

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Internal Security

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Paper 4

Ethics and Human Interface

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Human values

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Attitude

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Emotional Intelligence

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Probity in Governance

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Aptitude and Foundational Values of Civil Services

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Leaders, Reformers & Administrators, Contribution of Thinkers (World)

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Values and Ethics in Public Administration , Ethics in International Relations , Corporate Governance & Corporate Social Responsibility

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