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UPSC IAS Syllabus for Prelims of Paper I & II || UPSC Civil Services Syllabus

UPSC Civil services ias Syllabus for prelims Paper I

  • Paper I of UPSC IAS Prelims includes different topics with a total weightage of 200 marks.
  • All questions are multiple choice and objective in nature.
  • Total time given to solve the paper is (120 minutes) 2 hours.
  • Marks obtained in Paper 1 will be counted for qualifying the prelims.



  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian Polity and Governance Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, and Rights Issues
  • Economic and Social Development‐Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives and General issues on Environmental ecology.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
  • General Science
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change ‐ that do not require subject specialization and General Science


upsc IAS Syllabus for Paper-ii (prelims)

  • The total weightage of questions in Paper II is 200 marks.
  • All questions are multiple choice and objective in nature.
  • The total duration of the Paper II is 2 hours.
  • Paper II is a qualifying Paper
  • Marks obtained in Paper 2 will not be counted for the merit rank in Prelims but will be considered as a qualifying Paper.
  • Candidates need 33% marks in Paper II to clear UPSC IAS Mains.


UPSC IAS Syllabus for Paper 2 (prelims)

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class IX & X level)
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)


Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Pattern

No. of PapersTwo (2) compulsory papers
Type of QuestionsObjective (MCQs)
Total Marks200 marks each (400 marks)
Duration of Exam2 hrs. each (20 mins extra for a candidate with Locomotor Disability & Cerebral Palsy)
Negative MarkingYes, one-third (0.33) as a penalty
Medium of ExamBilingual (Hindi and English)


Paper 1General Ability Test (GAT)200
Paper 2English Language and Aptitude200
Total marks400



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