UPSC Civil Service Exam 2020 | IAS Syllabus, Exam Pattern & Old Papers PDF

UPSC has started the registration process and released UPSC IAS syllabus, exam pattern details enclosed below for your reference. To crack this exam in successful manner, right interpretation is required. Dear aspirants, Union Public Service Commission conducts civil service examination every year which includes Prelims and Mains. It is common for all candidates who are applying civil service examination and Indian Forest Service Examination. Prelims examination is the filtration process to shortlist the candidates for Main Examination. IAS officers are administrative arm for all services in India. The IAS post is fulfilled in three ways: Preliminary Examination – Objective Type, Mains Examination – Written Type & Personality Test.  Each exam has unique question pattern and syllabus, so before entering the examination every candidate should focus on the syllabus very deeply to qualify the exam in all stages to win the competitive examination.

UPSC IAS – Prelims Exam pattern 2020

This exam is conducted two levels to analyze the applicant’s analytical, logical and verbal reasoning skills.

  • General Studies (Paper – I)
  • General Studies (Paper – II)

General Studies (Paper – I):

This exam contains current affairs question in multiple choice objective type.

General Studies (Paper – II):

This exam contains aptitude questions and it is objective type which have multiple choice.

All candidates he or she should get appear in both the papers are mandatory or will be disqualified from Prelims examination. But the prelims exam marks are not included in the Mains exam total marks.

Negative Marks:

For every wrong answer, 1/3rd of marks allotted for each questions will be deducted from the total score. To avoid these, guess answer will not be entertained if you think which helps to increase the total score in the prelims examination.

General Studies: Paper – I Syllabus This paper marks will be counted for getting to write the Civil Services Mains exam.

200 Marks

Two Hours

General Studies: Paper- II (CSAT) Syllabus This paper is of qualifying nature, but candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper. However, marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination.

200 Marks

Two Hours

UPSC IAS – Prelims Syllabus 2020

General Studies Paper 1:

  • 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 2 – CSAT:

  • Problem- solving and Decision- making
  • General mental ability
  • Comprehension
  • Analytical and logical reasoning
  • Data Interpretation.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

UPSC IAS – Mains Exam 2020:

This exam is descriptive type paper based exam which everyone needs to write long answer for the given questions and addition to that general studies paper will have essay writing questions. Below are the papers followed in mains exam and allocated total marks also listed for your reference.

S.No

Name of the Papers

Total marks allotted

1

Essay Paper

250

2

General Studies I

250

3

General Studies II

250

4

General Studies III

250

5

General Studies IV

250
6

Optional Subject Paper I

250

7

Optional Subject Paper I

250

IAS Main (written)Total

1750

IAS Interview

275

Total

2025

Finally, IAS selection is purely based on the mains (written test) and Personality test only. Syllabus of Mains exam is the highly tough one to get qualify in the IAS selection process as well. Go through the syllabus before start preparation.

S. No.

Name of Paper Syllabus

Marks

1

Essay Paper Any Topic/Topics (Current issues)

250

2

General Studies I Indian Heritage and Culture, Indian History, World History, World Geography, Indian Society, Important Geo-physical phenomena

250

3

General Studies II Governance, Indian Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations, Welfare Schemes, Statutory, regulatory and quasi-judicial bodies, Role of civil services in a democracy, India’s relation with neighbor countries, International institutions.

250

4

General Studies III Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Indian Economy and its various sectors Government Budgeting Land Reforms Inclusive Growth Security and Disaster Management

250

5

General Studies IV Ethics and Human Interface Attitude Aptitude

Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence

Public/Civil service value Probity in Governance Case study on above topics

250

6

Indian Language Paper (i) Comprehension of given passages
(ii) Précise Writing
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary
(iv) Short Essays
(v) Translation from English to the Indian
language and vice-versa

300

7

English Comprehension of given passages
Précis Writing
Usage and Vocabulary
Short Essays

300

8

Optional Paper I As opted by Candidate

250

9

Optional Paper II As opted by Candidate

250

UPSC IAS Exams Subjects 2020

 The listed subjects are optional as follows:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Literature of any one of the languages such as Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English. The candidates should prepare well by following the previous year’s question papers. By practicing more previous year question papers the candidate can easily fetch the idea of the type of questions asked in exams and get to know that how many questions are getting repeated. So practicing the previous year’s paper would be helpful. The candidate who has passed in all the three phases will be qualified for the training process and that candidate’s future would be bright after the training and will be ready to serve for the nation as an IAS officer.

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