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The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :
- Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination;
- (ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.
The Preliminary Examination
will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in sub-section (A) of Section II.
This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.
The Main Examination
will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature. Also see Note (ii) under Para I of Section II (B) Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VII) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.
The number of candidates to be summouned for interview will be about twice of the number of vacancies to be filled.
The interview will carry 275 marks
UPSC Syllabus for Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours (Counted for the merit rank in the Prelims)
- 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 Syllabus for Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours (Not counted for the merit rank in Prelims but a qualifying Paper; just needs 33% marks)
- 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)
UPSC Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam
A candidate’s rank in UPSC Civil Service Exam depends only on the mark scored in Main and Interview. The main exam has 1750 marks while interview has 275 marks.
The written examination (main) will consist of the following nine papers, but only 7 papers will be counted for final merit ranking. For the rest two papers, the candidate should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC each year.
Qualifying Papers – Not counted for final ranking:
- Paper ‐A – Indian Language – Syllabus. (One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This paper will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.) 300 Marks.
- Paper‐B – English Language – Syllabus. 300 Marks.
Papers to be counted for merit ranking:
- Paper‐I Essay – Syllabus. 250 Marks.
- Paper‐II General Studies – I – Syllabus. 250Marks. (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society).
- Paper‐III General Studies –II – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations).
- Paper‐IV General Studies –III – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management).
- Paper‐V General Studies –IV – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude).
- Paper‐VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 – 250 Marks.
- Paper‐VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 – 250 Marks.
|1.||NCERT Books Set for UPSC Exam (Set of 27 books or 40 books)|
|2.||History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)|
|3.||India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)|
|4.||India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)|
|5.||History Of Medieval India – Satish Chandra. (History)|
|6.||The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)|
|7.||Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)|
|8.||Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)|
|9.||Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)|
|10.||Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)|
|11.||Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)|
|12.||Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)|
|13.||Economic Survey. (Economy)|
|14.||Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)|
|15.||Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)|
|16.||Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)|
|17.||India Year Book (Current Affairs)|
|18.||Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)|
|19.||ClearIAS Current Affairs Capsule [Monthly MCQs] (Current Affairs)|
|20.||CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by MHE or CSAT-II by Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)|
|21.||Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)|
|22.||Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)|
OTHER USEFUL BOOKS FOR MAIN
|Selected Contemporary Essays – Saumitra Mohan (Essay Paper)|
|Essays for Civil Services – Pulkit Khare (Essay Paper)|
|India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)|
|Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)|
|Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)|
|IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)|
|Current Issues – What’s Hot Today (ClearIAS ebook – GS2)|
|Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)|
|Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)|
|India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)|
|IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)|
|India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)|
|Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)|
|Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)|
|IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)|
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