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  • UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2018

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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 –

    1. Preliminary Exam
    2. Mains Exam
    3. Interview

    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 IAS Prelims Syllabus for GS Paper 1

    • 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 IAS Prelims Syllabus for GS Paper 2 (CSAT)

    • 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)

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    UPSC Prelims Syllabus: Why one should go through it thoroughly?

    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.

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    UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

    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
    TOTAL4 hours180400

    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.


    IAS Topper – Rishi Raj (AIR 27, CSE-2017) – UPSC Prelims Preparation Strategy

    Overview of UPSC Prelims Exam 

    • The Examination comprises of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each
    • Both the question papers will be of the Objective Type (multiple choice questions)
    • The General Studies Paper 2 of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%
    • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English
    • Duration of each paper will be two hours
    • Blind candidates and the candidates with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy, where dominant (wilting) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment), will be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes per hour for each paper

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    Negative Marking

    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.

    Significance of UPSC IAS 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.

    Points to remember before appearing for UPSC Prelims Exam

    • UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam is common for both Civil Services and Indian Forest Services
    • For blind candidates, 20 minutes extra time per hour is provided
    • It is mandatory to appear for both GS 1 & GS 2 papers for the purpose of evaluation
    • If you have appeared in only one paper, it will be counted as one attempt
    May 18, 2018

    8 responses on "UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2018"

    1. Profile photo of ASHISH KUMAR

      Hello sir,
      i have completed my graduation in BCA from distance education, the college is approved from UGC & DEC, am i eligible for UPSC exam?
      please help.

    2. i am going to write civil services so would you please advice me how to gain.and detailed syllabus for prelims 2018 please.
      thanking you

    3. detailed syllabus for prelims and mains 2018

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