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UPSC Syllabus PDF

UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination annually to recruit higher Civil Services of the Government of India, including IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. It consists of 3 exams: Prelims, mains, and interview.
You need to pay Rs. 100 for an application form, and there is an exemption for SC/ST/PH categories and female candidates.
Is there any fee to fill UPSC application form?
Can a candidate choose the language to write the exam?
The candidate can choose English, Hindi, or any Eighth Schedule language.
UPSC Syllabus for Prelims
General Studies Syllabus
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India 
  • Indian and World Geography
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • Economic and Social Development
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change
  • General Science
General Studies Syllabus
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy
Paper I: Essay (can be written in the medium of the candidate’s choice)

Paper-II: General Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)

Paper-III: General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)
UPSC Syllabus for Mains
Paper-IV: General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)

Paper-V: General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)

Paper-VI: Optional Subject

Paper-VII: Optional Subject
UPSC Syllabus for Mains
UPSC Syllabus for IAS Interview
The interview aims to evaluate the candidate's suitability. Thus, the interview is a purposive conversation to check mental qualities and analytical ability.