UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2021

IAS Prelims Exam is a sort of screening test conducted by UPSC as the first phase of recruitment process of UPSC CSE for the post of IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc. Candidates appearing for the Prelims Exam must be aware of the IAS 2021 Syllabus for Prelims exam. Let’s have a look at the same.

UPSC CSE will be conducted in three different phases:

  • Prelims Exam

  • Mains Exam

  • Interview Test

Prelims Exam will constitute of 2 papers: General Studies (Paper I) & General Studies (Paper II). Candidates need to qualify both these papers to be eligible for Mains Exam. Both paper will carry 200 marks and will have a time limit of 2 hours.

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Let’s have a look at the detailed IAS Syllabus 2021 for Prelims Exam.

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IAS 2021 Prelims Syllabus (Paper I)

TimeTotal MarksNumber of Questions
2 hours (120 minutes)200100

Topics to Prepare

  • 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 War

  • 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

IAS 2021 Prelims Syllabus (Paper II)

TimeTotal MarksNumber of Questions
2 hours (120 minutes)20080

Topics to Prepare

  • Comprehension

  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills

  • Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability

  • Decision Making & 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)

Note 1 : Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. 

Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. 

Note 3 : It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

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