After bringing to you UPSC 2019 Important Dates, we bring to you in this article the UPSC 2019 Prelims Syllabus and Exam Pattern. UPSC Exam Calendar 2019 can be CHECKED HERE. UPSC Frequently Asked Questions by IAS Aspirants can be READ HERE WITH ANSWERS BY PAST UPSC TOPPERS.

UPSC 2019 Prelims Syllabus

Paper I Syllabus (General Studies)

  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change (no subject specialization required)
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • Current Affairs: Events of national and international importance
  • General Science

Paper II Syllabus (CSAT)

  • Comprehension
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • General mental ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
  • Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level. (will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation)

UPSC Exam Calendar 2019 can be CHECKED HERE.

UPSC Frequently Asked Questions by IAS Aspirants can be READ HERE WITH ANSWERS BY PAST UPSC TOPPERS.

UPSC 2019 Prelims Exam Pattern

  • The pattern of preliminary exam is known as CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test).There will be 2 papers in the preliminary exam of 2 hours duration for each containing 200 marks for each paper.
  • Paper, I will check the applicant’s knowledge on current events, Indian history, Indian national movements, Indian & world geography, Indian polity, economy, social development, environmental ecology, biodiversity etc.
  • Paper II will check the applicants’ knowledge on comprehension, interpersonal skills, communication, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision making, problem-solving, data interpretation, English language etc.
  • The exam will be conducted in offline mode in duration.
  • Each question will be 1/3 Mark penalty for the wrong answer.
Papers Details of the question papers Total Marks Total Time
I General Studies – This paper will be counted for qualifying to write the Civil Services Mains exam. 200 2 hrs
II Aptitude test (CSAT) – 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 2 hrs
Total 400 4 hrs

Main Exam

There will be total nine papers in the main exam- 2 are of qualifying in nature and the rest 7 are ranking in nature. The qualified applicants of the Main examination will be called for personal interview.

Papers Subjects Marks
Paper A One of the Indian languages from the list selected by the applicants (qualifying) 300
Paper B English (qualifying) 300
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II General studies I 250
Paper III General studies II 250
Paper IV General studies III 250
Paper V General studies IV 250
Paper VI, VII 2 papers on subjects to be selected by the applicants from the list of optional subjects (250 marks for each paper) 500
Sub-total (of Written Exam) 1750
PI   275
Total marks   2025

Personal Interview

The main objective of this test is to assess the applicant’s personal suitability for a particular service. The board of competent will evaluate the applicants on their mental abilities, intellectual skills, social traits & interest in current affairs. The interview will not only be a strict cross questioning but of a natural conversation. The applicants are expected to have interest in the happening around them in Indian as well as in the world instead of showing their knowledge about the particular academic subject.

UPSC Exam Calendar 2019 can be CHECKED HERE.

UPSC Frequently Asked Questions by IAS Aspirants can be READ HERE WITH ANSWERS BY PAST UPSC TOPPERS.

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