UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2018

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2018

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2018: The most competitive civil services recruitment paper, UPSC IAS Civil Services Exam is just a few months away. IAS recruitment examination is regarded as one of the most challenging papers of the country. Millions of aspirants appear for the Civil Services Examination every year. As of now, IAS Prelims 2018 is scheduled on 3rd June 2018.

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Today we are going to share with you UPSC IAS prelims Exam Pattern & Syllabus. Scroll down to read more on the IAS Syllabus Exam Pattern 2018.


UPSC IAS Exam Pattern & Structure

This article will cover UPSC IAS Exam Pattern for both Prelims & Mains. Here we will discuss UPSC IAS Prelims Exam pattern 2018.

IAS Prelims Exam Pattern

As per UPSC Notification, The Civil Services Preliminary Examination is objective type in nature. As per the latest IAS Exam 2017 pattern, there are 2 objective type papers in IAS Prelims 2017. These are:

  1. General Studies Paper-I
  2. General Studies Paper-II (CSAT)

Out of these two, marks for only General Studies-I will be taken into consideration. Civil Services Aptitude Test or CSAT is merely qualifying in nature and the candidate has to score minimum marks prescribed by UPSC to qualify. Both these exams are of 200 marks each.

What is the minimum qualifying marks to clear CSAT 2018? The Civil Services Aptitude Test is merely of qualifying nature with minimum qualifying marks of 33%.

The UPSC will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service Main Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper II and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.

*Please note that the marks secured by the candidate in the preliminary examination will not be taken into consideration while preparing the final list of selected candidate.


UPSC IAS Prelims Syllabus 2018

Now let’s move further with the UPSC IAS syllabus for the upcoming examination. Below mentioned is complete syllabus for IAS Prelims 2018.

UPSC IAS Prelims Syllabus 2018

As stated earlier, IAS Preliminary Examination comprises two papers General Studies Paper-I & General Studies Paper-II i.e. CSAT. The syllabus of both these papers is given below:

Paper I – General Studies

Maximum Marks: 200

Duration: Two hours

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement, Indian Heritage and Culture (Candidates please not that questions from Indian Heritage and culture are also asked)
  • 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 specialisation
  • General Science.

Paper II- Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

Maximum Marks: 200

Duration: Two hourss

  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skill
  • 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)

NOTE: The General Studies Paper II is qualifying in nature.

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