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General Studies Preliminary Exam

Aptitude –CSAT paper 2 - Preliminary Exam

General Studies Mains Exam  (Paper 1,2,3,4)

Political Science & International Relations

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Sociology

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I. UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims – Topics in Paper I – General Studies:

  1. Current Affairs: Events occurring in the National as well as in the World.

  2. Indian History & National Movement of India.

  3. Geography: India & the World; Physical, Economic & Social Geography of India as well the World.

  4. Polity of India & Indian Governance: Constitution, Panchayat Raj, Public Policy, Political System, Rights Issue, etc…..,

  5. Economic Development & Social Development: Sustainable Development, Social Sector Initiatives, Demography of the Nation, Poverty, Inclusion.

  6. General Issues on Bio-Diversity, Environmental Ecology and Change in the Climate (these do not require any specialization).

  7. General Science.

II. UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims – Topics in Paper II – Aptitude:

  1. Interpersonal Skills which include Communication Skills.

  2. Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning.

  3. Decision-Making & Problem-Solving.

  4. General Mental Ability.

  5. Basic Numeracy (numbers as well as their relations, orders of magnitude, etc…..,) & Data Interpretation ( Tables, Graphs, Charts, Data Sufficiency, etc…..,). Note: Basic Numeracy & Data Interpretation based on Level of Class X.

  6. English Language – Comprehension Skills ( Based on Level of Class X)

Note: The Paper II – Aptitude has a negative Marking of 33%.    

The Syllabus of the UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains Examination 2016:

The UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains examination consists of papers. They are as follows:

  1. Paper-A: Modern Indian Language. (Qualifying Paper).

  2. Paper-B: English (Qualifying Paper).

  3. Paper-I: Essay.

  4. Paper-II: General studies-I.

  5. Paper-III: General studies-II.

  6. Paper-IV: General studies-III.

  7. Paper-V: General studies-IV.

  8. Paper-VI: Optional Subject (Paper-1).

  9. Paper-VII: Optional Subject (Paper-2).

I. UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains – Topics in Paper A – Modern Indian Language (Qualifying Paper):

  1. Comprehensive questions on given Passages.

  2. Precise Writing. (Making a Summary).

  3. Usage as well as vocabulary.

  4. Short Essay.

  5. Translation from English to the Indian Language & conversely.

Note: Modern Indian Language will be as the languages in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

II. UPSC Civil Services Mains – Topics in Paper B – English (Qualifying Paper):

  1. Comprehensive questions on given Passages.

  2. Precise Writing. (Making a Summary).

  3. Usage as well as vocabulary.

  4. Short Essay.

 III. UPSC Civil Service IAS Mains – Topics in Paper I – Essay:

The candidates have to write an essay on any of the topics given. They are required to write the essay in the language of the choice of the candidate. The candidates have to be close to the subject of the essay and arrange the ideas in orderly fashion and write in brief.

IV. UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains – Topics in Paper II – General studies I:

The major areas of this paper are as follows:

  1. Heritage & Culture of India,

  2. History & Culture of the World as well as the Society.

V. UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains – Topics in Paper III – General studies II:

The major areas of this paper are as follows:

  1. Governance

  2. Polity

  3. Constitution

  4. Social Justice.

  5. Internal Relations.

VI. UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains – Topics in Paper IV – General studies III:

The major areas of this paper are as follows:

  1. Technology
  2. Economic Development.
  3. Environmental
  4. Security
  5. Disaster Management.
  6. Bio-Diversity.

 VII. UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains – Topics in Paper V – General studies IV:

The major areas of this paper are as follows:

  1. Ethics

  2. Integrity

  3. Aptitude

 VIII. UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains – Topics in Paper VI – Optional Subject Paper 1:

The topics in this paper depend on the subject the candidate selects from the list of Optional Subjects.

XI. UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains – Topics in Paper VII – Optional Subject Paper 2:

The topics in this paper depend on the subject the candidate selects from the list of Optional Subjects.

The List of Optional Subjects is as follows:    

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering.
  • Commerce & Accountancy.
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering.
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Medical Science.
  • philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science & International Relations.
  • Sociology
  • Public Administration.
  • Psychology
  • statics
  • Zoology
  • Literature of any one of the language such as Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, gujarathi, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English.
  • Note: The candidate can select the literature of any of the above languages only if he or she has graduated in the Literature of that specific Language as the Main Subject.        

 The UPSC Civil Services IAS Interview:

The interview is conducted after the Candidate is passed in the Mains Examination. The Interview plays an important role in the Selection of the Candidate.

  • The Selected candidate will be interviewed by a Board which consists of the Competent as well as fair-minded members. The Board will have the record of career of the Candidate. The candidate will be asked questions on the General interest of the Board. The purpose of the interview is mainly to review the Candidate’s Personality Suitability for a Career in Public Service i.e. IAS. The Board also observes and judges the Mental Ability as well as Mental Caliber of the Candidate. The Interview is conducted to assess the intellectual qualities as well as the Social behavior of the Candidate and the interest of the candidate in the Current affairs. The Board essentially observes the qualities such as Mental Alertness, Clear & Logical Exposition, Critical Powers of Assimilation, Social Traits, Interest & Knowledge on Current Affairs, Balance of Judgment, Variety & Depth of Interest, Ability of Social Cohesion, Leadership Skills, and Intellectual & Moral Integrity.

  • The Objective of the Interview is not to cross-examine the candidate, but to analyze his or her Intellectual & Mental Qualities.

  • The Board is interested to ask the questions relating to the events occurring in India as well as the World. As the candidates are already examined on the topics of Current Affairs and the Subjects in the written Examinations, the Board is interested to ask these questions. The Score of the Candidate will be based on the Personality test conducted as well as the intellectual Qualities.

Prelims Question of the Day

With regard to various types of unemployment, consider the following statements :

  1. If in an economy there is surplus workforce in one sector and there is short supply of workforce in the other sector then it is known as disguised unemployment.
  2. Disguised unemployment is found in agriculture sector in India.
  3. Frictional unemployment is caused by periodical increase and decrease in the growth of economy. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?.

(a)1 and 3 only

(b)1,2 and 3

(c)2 only

(d)2 and 3 only

Mains Question of the Day

1.GS - Ethics differ in public and private relationships. Comment.(200 Words)

2.Political Science -Examine Pakistan as a factor in Indo-American relations during the Cold War.(250 Words).

3.SOCIOLOGY -Describe the distinctive features of tribal communities in India. Discuss the factors affecting tribal identity.(250 Words).

Sociology - Thinkers