UPSC Syllabus

UPSC (PT) Syllabus

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Examination Calendar for 2017. The Notification for the Civil Services was issued on 22 February 2017 and the IAS Prelims Exam 2017 will be conducted on 18 June 2017. The candidates should keep in mind the Plan of Examination so that they can plan in advance and execute their strategy in time.

The IAS Prelims 2017 consists of General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II. Each paper carries 200 marks

General Studies Paper I 

The General Studies Paper I consist of 100 questions and each question carries 2 marks. The time limit for the General Studies Paper I is two hours. The candidates should see the IAS Prelims Previous Year Question Paper so that they can anticipate the length, breadth and the scope of the General Studies Paper I. The candidates should take a cue from the previous year Question paper so that the candidates can systematically plan their preparation and start their preparation in a right direction. The IAS toppers Strategy is worth emulating to start the preparation for the IAS Prelims Exam. The General Studies Paper I always surprise the candidates hence very extensive coverage of the Syllabus is required.

Paper I - (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


General Studies Paper II

General Studies Paper II Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) contains 80 questions. Each question carries 2.5 marks. The time allotted for this paper is also two hours. The time counts for each and every question and hence the candidates have to improve their reading and understanding skill to attend the full paper. The candidates should try to solve the previous year question papers in a time bound manner so that they get a real feel of the question paper.

Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours


• 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).

• Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.


The questions will be of multiple choices, objective type.