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Know About the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Syllabus

Updated on December 4, 2014
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CSAT Syllabus

UPSC organized Civil Services Examination has two parts: the Preliminary and the Mains. Preliminary examination or CSAT is also called as the Prelims. It is the first elimination round of the examination. Prelims round selects the serous aspirants from the rest. This exam is being approached by lakhs of candidates and is cleared by some thousands of them. If you also want to come into the list of the lucky few thousands then you need to take sincere preparations. To start study one needs to know what to study. Here is the syllabus of the preliminary examination of UPSC Civil Services Examination 2014 for you.

Syllabus of the Paper I

History of India and Indian National Movement: So, there is two parts of the history: the ancient and medieval history of India and the modern India.

Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World: You need to study a) Physical, b) Social and c) Economic geography of the world and India. So, you can subdivide geography in 3x2 = 6 parts.

Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc: The aspirants need to study a) Constitution of India, b) Indian Polity and they also need to gather current news about all these policy matters.

Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc: You need to study the classic economy. Indian economy and development related current events should be studied.

General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization: “Environment studies” is very important as one need to be updated to answer these questions.

General Science: Do not expect too simple questions from this segment, too.

Current events of national and international importance: You know what it is, do you not?

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Syllabus of Paper II

Comprehension: Comprehension or RC (Reading Comprehension) is nothing but answering questions after reading a given passage.

Interpersonal skills including communication skills: Skills needed to communicate with others.

Logical reasoning and analytical ability: These are two types of reasoning.

Decision making and problem solving: You need to practice these types of questions to gain speed and accuracy.

General mental ability: Mental abilty questions are becoming more and more tough in UPSC exams.

Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc: Mathematics class X level and charts and tables.

English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level): Due to protests these section may disappear from CSAT 2015.

Paper I (200 Marks) 100 Questions

Paper II (200 Marks) 80 Questions

Some Important Facts Regarding UPSC CSAT

  • Both the papers of CSAT will be of objective MCQ types.
  • There will be negative marking. Each wrong answer will cost you 1/3 rd of the marks from one right answer.
  • There will be 100 questions for 200 marks in the Paper I. The time is 2 hours.
  • You will get 120 minutes to complete 80 questions for 200 marks in the 2nd paper.
  • Both the papers are qualifying in nature. So, marks gained in prelims will not be counted for final selection.
  • One needs to appear in both the papers otherwise his candidature will be cancelled.
  • That is all folks! Now you know the syllabus. It is the time to gather study materials and study. My best wishes are with you.


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