Importance of Remembering UPSC Syllabus

In Civil Services exam the starting point for preparation is from the UPSC syllabus.

Many aspirants prepare this toughest competitive exam without the knowledge of syllabus. They believe that UPSC has given syllabus for reference and guidance, questions will not arise from the UPSC prescribed syllabus. So they don t follow or believe in UPSC syllabus.

If you are one among them, then stop believing such rumours and misconceptions.

Be it prelims or mains exams, UPSC asks questions based on the syllabus. Rough estimate of 70 to 80% questions asked by UPSC are based on the syllabus.

UPSC has given detailed syllabus for Mains exams and only for Prelims they have listed list of subjects with important topics.

We advise students to follow the syllabus prescribed by commission. It is important in exam preparation, it will guide students what topics need to be covered and what topics need to ignored.

Further, in IAS newspaper reading, it will be useful if students aware of syllabus, because they can easily filter out irrelevant news for exam preparation and can focus only on news topics and analysis, if they have by hearted the Civil Services mains Syllabus.

Get Started with your IAS Preparation - Download UPSC Prelims Syllabus PDF

Important keywords and topics from syllabus

While preparing for Mains exam, it is essential to mention certain keywords in the answers you write.

Say for example: If any questions asked related to Governance Then Transparency, accountability, e-governance. Mentioning about RTI Act and Citizen charters for relevant answers are expected by the evaluators.

In the same way in Ethics answer writing students are expected to write certain keywords in their answers like integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication, empathy, tolerance and compassion.

Kick start your Mains Preparation - Download UPSC Mains GS Syllabus PDF

In order to score good marks in Mains exam students has to follow the syllabus to the core. It is advised to keep a copy of syllabus in their study table for daily reference. (Note: If possible by heart the syllabus)

All the Best!

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