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Civil Services Syllabus 2016–2017 (Preliminary/Main) Exam Paper Details

Civil Services Syllabus

Candidates, who had applied for UPSC Preliminary/Main exam and started their preparation for Civil Services Exam, may get Civil Services Syllabus from this page. Union public service commission conducts Civil Services examination yearly for filling up various vacant positions including Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, and Indian Police Service among others. So appliers, who are going to appear in UPSC Preliminary/Main examinations, can get exam paper details through this page.

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Civil Services Syllabus

Civil Services Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Paper No. Topics To Be Covered
Paper I
  • 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.
Paper II
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and 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).
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)

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Civil Services Mains Exam Syllabus

Paper Details Subjects Name Topics To Be Covered
Paper – A Any Indian Language For this examination candidates have to choose one language from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This exam is not compulsory for applicants hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.
Paper – B English This paper is conducted to test eligibility of aspirants and to check skills of aspirants in English and Indian Language concerned. Aspirants are selected on basis of some facts like how they understand these languages and how they express their ideas clearly and correctly. The pattern of questions would be generally as follows:-

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precise Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
Paper 1 Essay Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
Paper 2 General Studies 1 (Indian Heritage/ Culture, World History & Geography):

  • Indian culture will cover the main feature of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from olden to present times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and restructuring within the country
  • History of the world will include events from 18th Century.
  • Salient Features of Indian Society, Diversity of India
  • Role of women and women’s organization.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian Society
  • Social Empowerment
  • Salient Features of world’s Physical Geography
  • Distribution of Key Natural Resources Across the world
  • Important Geographical Phenomena
  • India and its neighborhoods-relations
  • Bilateral, Regional and global groupings
  • Effects of policies
  • Important international institutions etc
Paper 3 General Studies 2 (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)

  • Functions and duties of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government Policies and interventions for development in various sectors
  • Development process and the development industry
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable section of the population by centre and states.
  • Issue relating to development
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger
  • Important aspects of Governance
  • Role of Civil Services in a democracy
  • Role of external state
  • Challenges of internal security through communications networks
  • Security challenges
  • Various security forces and agencies and their mandate etc
Paper 4 General Studies 3 (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management)

  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of Liberalization on the economy
  • Infrastructure: Energy, ports, roads etc
  • Investment models
  • Science and technology
  • Achievements of Indian in Science and technology
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers etc.
  • Conversation, environmental pollution and degradation.
  • Disaster and Disaster Management
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism etc
Paper 5 General Studies 4 (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of  Public Service
  • Case studies on Above Issues etc
Paper 6 & 7 Optional 1 (Of your choice)/ Optional 2 (Of your choice) Applicants can choose any optional from the subjects, which are given below

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List Of Optional Subjects For Main Examination

  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

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Civil Services Exam Pattern

Prelims Pattern:

Paper No. Duration Max Marks
General Studies 1 2 hours 200
General Studies 2 2 hours 200

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Mains Pattern:

Paper Details Subjects Description Max  Marks
Qualifying Paper
Paper-A One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the VIIIth Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper) 300
Paper-B English (Qualifying Paper) 300
Papers To Be Counted For Merit
Paper-I Essay 250
Papers II General Studies I 250
Papers III General Studies II 250
Papers IV General Studies III 250
Papers V General Studies IV 250
Papers VI Optional Subjects Paper 1 250
Papers VII Optional Subjects Paper 2 250
Total Marks for Written Examination 1750
Personality Test 275
Grand Total 2025

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Interview Test:

Contenders, who have declared qualified in UPSC Preliminary or Mains examination, are called to attend interview rounds. It is the final round to select application for particular posts and the interview session will be of 275 marks.

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