UPSC Civil Services Pre / Mains Syllabus, New Exam Pattern & Subjects 2017

UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAM PATTERN & STRUCTURE details. Check UPSC Civil Services Notification 2016. UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAM popularly known as IAS exam. Every year nearly 5 lakhs of aspirants applying for this prestigious exam. In this article a detailed information about IAS EXAM PATTERN, SYLLABUS & SUBJECTS are given. UPSC conducts IAS or CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION in three phases – A PRELIMINARY EXAM, MAINS EXAM FOLLOWED BY A PERSONALITY TEST (INTERVIEW). Here is a rough calendar of IAS exam for student’s reference.

UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAM PATTERN 2016

The 3 Phases in UPSC Civil Services Exam

  • PRELIMINARY EXAM (written Test)
  • MAINS EXAM (written Test)
  • PERSONALITY TEST (INTERVIEW)

UPSC Civil Services Schedule & Year Calendar

UPSC Notification Preliminary Examination of objective type Preliminary examination result Mains Examination Descriptive type test Mains Examination result Oral Interview Final Result
May in EMPLOYMENT NEWS AUGUST OCTOBER DECEMBER MARCH APRIL-MAY at New Delhi MAY

IAS PRELIMS EXAM PATTERN, SYLLABUS & SUBJECTS

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type (multiple-choice questions) carrying a maximum of 400 marks.
The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi

General Studies Paper – I 200 Marks
General Studies Paper – II 200 Marks

UPSC Prelims Syllabus for Paper I – (200 marks)

Duration: Two hours (Counted for the merit rank in the Prelims)

  • 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.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus for Paper II- (200 marks)

Duration: Two hours (Not counted for the merit rank in Prelims but a qualifying Paper; just needs 33% marks)

  • 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)

IAS OR UPSC Civil Services New Mains Exam pattern:

The written examination consists of nine papers, two qualifying papers and seven papers counted for ranking

Paper Subject Marks
Paper A (One of the Indian languages listed below, to be selected by the candidate (from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India) (Qualifying) 300
Paper B English (Qualifying) 300
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society) 250
Paper III General Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice, and international relations) 250
Paper-IV General Studies III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security and disaster management) 250
Paper V General Studies-IV(ethics, integrity, and aptitude) 250
Papers VI, VII Two papers on subjects to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks for each paper) 500
TOTAL(WRITTEN TEST) 1750

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given below.

  • The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
  • Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English’.
  • The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

List of optional subjects for UPSC Mains Examination

Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. Each paper will be of three hours duration. The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only.

PERSONALITY TEST: 275 MARKS

Total – (B) Main Examination – 1750 Marks + (C) Personality Test – 275 Marks = 2025 Marks.

NOTE: The technique of the interview is to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

Note: If any confusion prevails about the UPSC Civil Service Examination or its syllabus or any other point, please refer UPSC website (www.upsc.gov.in) as well as employment news in which detailed advertisement of examination is published.

In this IAS exam pattern, Syllabus & Subjects article we gave a timeline of various stages in IAS exam, Exam pattern of IAS prelims, mains exam, marks for various papers and some important notes are explained. IAS exam is a nationwide exam and takes one year to complete. So the candidate must have clarity about the IAS exam pattern, syllabus and subjects. IAS aspirant must improve their memory, writing skills, communication skills to crack IAS exam.

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