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UPSC Mains syllabus

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UPSC mains Syllabus 

Main Examination:

The Main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory. The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and the ability to analyze and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives, and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful, and succinct answers.

The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broad of the honors degree 1evel i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science, and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.

Syllabi of the papers included in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination are given as follows:—

1. QUALIFYING PAPERS ON INDIAN LANGUAGES AND ENGLISH

2. Paper-I: Essay

3. Paper-II: General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society.

4. Paper-III: General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and International relations.

5. Paper-IV: General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

6. Paper-V: General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

PAPER-VI & PAPER VII

Optional Subject Papers I & II
The candidate may choose any optional subject from amongst the List of Optional Subjects given in Para 2.

UPSC Mains Optional Subject Syllabus

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology

Literature of any one of the following languages:

  1. Assamese
  2. Bengali
  3. Bodo
  4. Dogri
  5. Gujarati
  6. Hindi
  7. Kannada
  8. Kashmiri
  9. Konkani
  10. Maithili
  11. Malayalam
  12. Manipuri
  13. Marathi
  14. Nepali
  15. Odia
  16. Punjabi
  17. Sanskrit
  18. Santhali
  19. Sindhi
  20. Tamil
  21. Telugu
  22. Urdu
  23. English.