UPSC Syllabus 2019 For Mains and Prelims (Announced) Check Here

The Civil Services Exam aims to be held for the assortment of students in the Directorial Organization.

This exam tales places each year in two rounds- Prelims and Mains.

There include two papers in Prelims exams – Paper I and Paper II.

Paper assesses the General Studies and Paper II measures the Aptitude.

As the notification for the UPSC 2019 is generated on the official page, the students must begin an effective preparation for the exam.

According to the last year Syllabus, there is not a likelihood that UPSC syllabus will remain similar.

Therefore, the given page is devoted to the whole range of things related to USPC syllabus.

UPSC 2019 Syllabus for Mains and Prelims

The syllabus for the Preliminary Exams for 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
  • General Science

The syllabus for the Preliminary Exams for 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)

Mains Syllabus for UPSC 2019 exam 

Paper ‐.This paper will not be mandatory for student coming from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.) 300 Marks.

The pattern of questions in the qualifying Indian Language Paper

(i) Comprehension of given passages.
(ii) Precis Writing
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.
(iv) Short Essay
(v) Translation from English to the Indian language and vice‐versa.

Paper B English Language- 300 Marks.

The pattern of questions

(i) Comprehension of given passages
(ii) Precis Writing
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary
(iv) Short Essay.

Papers to be considered for merit ranking:

Paper 1 Essay – 250 Marks.

  • Prepare a few essays thoroughly while preparation, putting on the atmosphere in the examination hall.
  • Ge acquainted going by last year essays questioned by UPSC to have an indistinct description of kind of questions supposed to have appeared in the examination.
  • The examiner generally acclaims the innovative approach and examination.
  • Use an unpretentious way of writing

General Studies 1 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern 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 reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars,
  • Redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism,
  • capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and
  • developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent);
  • factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in
  • various parts of the world (including India)
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc.,
  • geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

General Studies 2 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
    • Functions and responsibilities 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.
    • Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.
    • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
    • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and
    issues arising out of these.
    • Structure, organization, and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of
    the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
    • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
    • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various
    Constitutional Bodies.
    • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
    • 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
    • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance
    of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection
    and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
    • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,
    Education, Human Resources.
    • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
    • Important aspects of governance, transparency, and accountability, e-governance- applications,
    models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional
    and other measures.
    • Role of civil services in a democracy.
    • India and its neighborhood- relations.
    • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s
    • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian
    • Important International institutions, agencies, and for- their structure, mandate.

Paper‐IV General Studies –III – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management).

General Studies 3 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development, and employment.
    • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
    • Government Budgeting.
    • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and
    irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related
    constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
    • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution
    System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security;
    Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
    • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream
    requirements, supply chain management.
    • Land reforms in India.
    • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

    • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
    • Investment models.
    • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
    • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new
    • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and
    issues relating to intellectual property rights.
    • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
    • Disaster and disaster management.
    • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
    • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
    • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
    • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with
    • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Paper‐V General Studies –IV – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude).

General Studies 4 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions;
    dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the
    lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;the role of family, society and
    educational institutions in inculcating values.
    • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political
    attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
    • Aptitude and foundational values of Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship,
    objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
    • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
    • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
    • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns
    and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as
    sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral
    values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
    • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity;
    Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of
    Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds,
    challenges of corruption.
    • Case Studies on above issues. To crack one of the toughest exams of the Country, you need to start preparing right away. The first step leading towards your preparation is to know and understand the syllabus completely.

CSAT Paper 1 (General Studies) 

  • 200 Marks
  • Duration: Two Hours
  • Number of Questions: 100

Paper I Syllabus (General Studies) 

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