UPSC Civil Services Syllabus 2019

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 25 Feb, 2019 12:14 IST

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UPSC Civil Services 2019 Syllabus

The UPSC Civil Services 2019 Syllabus is decided by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. As part of the Prelims syllabus, candidates are evaluated based on their knowledge and aptitude in current affairs. In the Civil Services Mains exam, a candidate is evaluated based on his/her academic expertise in his/her specialised subject. It also looks at an individual's overall intellectual traits and understanding of concepts. Basically, the questions that are asked in the Civil Services examination tests the candidate’s understanding and clarity of concepts related to a variety of subjects, which is relevant for a career in Civil Services.

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Paper I Paper II
Current events of national and international importance Comprehension
History of India and Indian National Movement Interpersonal skills including communication skills
Indian and World Geography-Physical Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Social, Economic Geography of India and the World Decision-making and problem-solving
Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. General mental ability
Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level)
General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation --
General Science --

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Syllabus

Qualifying Papers Marks

Paper - A

(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included

in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution).         

 300 Marks

Paper - B


300 Marks

Papers to be Counted for Merit


Paper - I


250 Marks

Paper - II

General Studies-I

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

250 Marks

Paper - III

General Studies – II
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

250 Marks

Paper - IV

General Studies – III
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and

Disaster Management)

250 Marks

Paper - V

General Studies – IV
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

250 Marks

Paper - VI

Optional Subject – Paper 1

250 Marks


Optional Subject – Paper 2

250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
Personality Test 275 Marks
Grand Total 2025 Marks

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