UPSC Prelims Syllabus – Civil Services Examination

UPSC Prelims syllabus

UPSC Prelims Syllabus – Civil Services Examination

UPSC Prelims Syllabus – Civil Services Examination


(The Examination comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.)


(200 marks) 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.


(200 marks) 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).
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Note 1: Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

Note 2: The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

Note 3: It was officially notified that Paper II in the Preliminary Examination, the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), will only be a qualifying paper since 2015. This means that the marks scored in CSAT, or the General Studies Paper II as it is officially called, would not be counted, provided the candidate scores a minimum of 33 percent marks in this paper.

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Comments (2)

  1. Eshwar Rathod

    I want trend analysis topics of Pre and mains

    1. EkamIAS

      Thank you for commenting Eshwar Rathod. Trend analysis for each subject is given in the subject-wise PYQ pdf files given in the following link. https://ekamias.com/category/previous-years-questions/
      Happy Preparation!

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