UPSC Exam Syllabus for IAS Prelims & Mains

Introduction Aspirants,

Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Exam is one of the most toughest and prestigious examinations in India conducted by UPSC. Hence to win this race that gives a chance to get most eminent position offered by Government.

Here we are providing complete list of subjects/topics for Civil Services Exams syllabus as per the UPSC. Remember that a comprehensive look throughout the syllabus is mandatory in especially for those candidates who are appearing in this examination for the first time.

Civil Services Exams are conducted in three Stages:

Stage 1 : Preliminary Examination

Paper Subjects Total Marks Duration
I General Studies 200 marks 2 hours
II Aptitude Skills 200 marks 2 hours

Stage 2 : Main Examination

This Mains exam consists of total nine papers, in which two papers are qualifying in nature of 300 marks each:

  1. Indian Language (I)
  2. English (II)

You must have to qualify these two papers which is compulsory and marks obtained will not be considered or counted in the mains or interview scores. Rest of the seven papers can be written in any of the languages mentioned as in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

Remaining 7 (Seven) Papers

Paper Subject Marks
Paper - I Essay: Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate's choice 250
Paper-II General Studies- I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250
Paper-III General Studies- II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)  250
Paper-IV General Studies- III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250
Paper-V General Studies- IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250
Paper-VI Optional Subject - Paper 1  250
Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper II (Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject " and candidate need not to be a graduate in that language’s literature.) 250


Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Civil Services main exam as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion enters the next and final Stage that is the ‘Personality Test’ or ‘Interview’ round.

Stage 2 : Interview / Personality Test

The interview is more of purposive conversation intended to divulge the mental qualities of the candidate. Candidate can give interview in their preferred language as UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.

Personality Test

  • Interview Total : 275 Marks
  • Written Exam: 1750 Marks
  • Grand Total 2025 Marks


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