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UPSC Civil Services Exam is one of the popular competitive exams in India. The examination is conducted for the recruitment of IAS/IPS/IFS/IRS and other Central Government Group A and B officers.
The recruitment process consists of three stages –
IAS Preliminary Exam for 2018 is scheduled on 3rd June 2018.
In this article, you will find the Prelims exam syllabus and exam pattern details.
UPSC releases its notification every year mentioning the syllabus for Prelims and Mains separately. A candidate should religiously read this syllabus notification multiple times as it will help them get acquainted with it and they will be able to focus on what to read and what to leave. Otherwise, the syllabus is so huge that the candidate might get lost in the vast syllabus.
The words in IAS Prelims syllabus such as ‘women empowerment’, ‘sustainable development’, ‘inclusive growth’ have to be imbibed in the mind and every topic should be read with regard to those keywords. Ideally, a candidate should try to correlate anything he reads with the syllabus and should distinctly be able to recall which part of the UPSC syllabus the topic belongs to.
UPSC Preliminary Exam PaperDurationNumber of questionsMarks
GS Paper 12 hours 100200
GS Paper 2 or CSAT (This paper is qualifying in nature, candidates need to score 33% of marks)2 hours80200
The exam pattern for UPSC was changed in 2015. Now, GS Paper 2 or CSAT paper has become qualifying in nature i.e., candidates need to score 66.7 marks out of 200 marks.
There is negative marking in UPSC Preliminary exam – one-third of marks for each question are deducted for every wrong answer in the paper. Candidates should be cautious as committing silly mistakes or attempting the questions which they are not sure of can become a deterrent in their dream of qualifying UPSC Prelims exam.
UPSC Prelims Exam is the first stage of the examination in becoming an IAS officer, and roughly every year around 15,000 candidates are shortlisted for Mains exam out of the 4-5 lakh aspirants appearing for the Prelims exam.
UPSC Prelims Exam is the most uncertain phase in IAS exam preparation because questions are objective in nature, i.e. candidates need to choose the right answer from a multiple choice of four options. Most of the times UPSC sets the question in a tricky way with complex usage of words. So in order to crack IAS Prelims, candidates need to prepare well and stay focused and alert to get their entry ticket to the Mains examination.
Basically, UPSC Prelims Exam is a screening test for the Mains examination, so the marks secured in Prelims are not included in the final merit list.
UPSC exam is all about writing accurate and conceptually correct answers in UPSC Mains Examination. To get your Mains hall ticket, you need to qualify the Prelims exam. So don’t take IAS Prelims exam lightly, it is the most tricky aspect of UPSC Civil Services exam. Most of the questions asked by UPSC are simple but conceptual in nature, and answering these questions can be really difficult.
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i have completed my graduation in BCA from distance education, the college is approved from UGC & DEC, am i eligible for UPSC exam?
Yes, you are eligible for UPSC Civil Services exam.
To know more about eligibility criteria, please refer: https://neostencil.com/upsc-eligibility-criteria/
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i am going to write civil services so would you please advice me how to gain.and detailed syllabus for prelims 2018 please.
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Please find the beginners booklist here: https://neostencil.com/book-list-ias-prelims/
detailed syllabus for prelims and mains 2018
For detailed syllabus of Prelims and Mains: Please check here: https://neostencil.com/upsc-syllabus/
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