UPSC Syllabus for Preliminary Examination Paper I – (200 marks)
  • Current affairs and current events of international and national importance.
  • General science
  • General issues on Climate Change, Environmental Ecology and Biodiversity (It don’t require subject specialization )
  • Indian National Movement and History of India.
  • World and Indian Geography- It contains Rights Issues, Physical Geography of India and the world, Economic Geography of India and the world, Social Geography of India and the world.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Public Policy, Political System, Panchayati Raj, etc.
  • Social Development and Economic – It contains Social Sector initiatives, Sustainable Development, Inclusion, Demographics, and Poverty etc.

>UPSC Syllabus for Preliminary Examination Paper II – (200 marks).Duration two hours.

  • Problem-solving and Decision-making
  • General mental ability
  • Comprehension
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. –Class X level), Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level). To download free NCERT Books from Class 5 to Class 12th Click here.
  • Analytical ability and Logical reasoning.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills

 UPSC Syllabus for Main Examinations

Your rank in UPSC CSE will only depend on Main Examinations and your Interview (Personality Test). Your UPSC CSE Main consists of 1750 marks and Interview (Personality Test) section consists of 275 marks.
Your UPSC syllabus for the main examination contains nine papers, but only seven papers are considered for final ranking. In the remaining two papers, you have to secure minimum marks which are declared by UPSC every year and
The main Exam of UPSC Civil Services is the totally written examination and it consists of following papers which are mentioned below.

  • Two papers which only qualifying papers and not counted for your final ranking.
(You have to select any one Indian Language from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Indian Constitution). Total Marks 300.
Note: – If you belong to Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh, these papers are not necessary for you.
English language. Total Marks 300.

UPSC syllabus and papers which are counted for final merits.

PaperSubject and ContentMarks 
Paper-IEssay ( It Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice)250
Paper-II General Studies-I (Culture and Indian Heritage|History and Geography of the World and Society)250
Paper- III General Studies –II (Constitution| Governance| Social Justice| Polity| and International relations)250
Paper-IVGeneral Studies –III (Economic Development| Technology| Environment| Biodiversity| Disaster Management and Security)250
Paper-VGeneral Studies –IV (Aptitude| Integrity| and Ethics)250
Paper-VIOptional Subject – Paper 1250
Paper-VIIOptional Subject – Paper 2250

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

 Important Note regarding UPSC syllabus:-

  1. Your Paper A and Paper B which will be Indian languages and English paper respectively will be of matriculation level or equivalent standard to its level. Whatever marks you will obtain in this exam will not be counted for your ranking.
  2. Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.
  3. It is mandatory for you to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. You will be disqualified in case you did not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

    UPSC Syllabus for Interview test

  • Qualified candidates from UPSC Main examination will be only eligible for interview test or personality test.
  • You will be interviewed by Board members will have before them a record of your career. You will be asked questions on matters of general interest.
  • The objective of this interview is to assess your personal suitability for your further career in public service. This test will judge your mental caliber.
  • This interview test will reveal not only your intellectual qualities but also social traits and your interest in current affairs.
  • Some of your qualities will be judged like intellectual and moral integrity, mental alertness, ability for social cohesion and leadership, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgment, clear and logical exposition, variety and depth of interest.
  • The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
  • Your interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge which has been already tested through their written papers. You are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in your special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around you both within and outside your own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

UPSC Syllabus for optional subjects PAPER-VI & PAPER VII

Optional Subject Papers I & II (Candidates may choose any optional subject from given list) Click on the name of the subject and have a view of contains in the particular subject.

Download  UPSC syllabus pdf for Free

Here is the list of various examinations conducted by UPSC.

Approximate notification of examination of UPSC according to months of every year.
Serial NumberName Of ExaminationApproximate month of Notification
1Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination ( May)
2Civil Services (Main) Examination (Oct/Nov)
3Indian Forest Service Examination (July)
4Engineering Services Examination (June)
5Geologist Examination (December)
6Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination (July)
7National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (April & September)
8Combined Defence Services Examination (February & August)
9Combined Medical Services Examination (January)
10Indian Economic Service (November)
11Indian Statistical Service Examination(November)
12Section Officers/Stenographers (Grade-B/Grade-I) (December)
13Limited Departmental Competitive Examination(December)
14Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination(October)

In this post, you will know step by step guidance to apply civil services examination which is part of UPSC Exam.

List of Posts which can be taken after giving UPSC civil services examination

Serial NumberName of PostName of Group
(i)Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii)Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance ServiceGroup ‘A’.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts ServiceGroup ‘A’.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)Group ‘A’.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts ServiceGroup ‘A’.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)Group ‘A’.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager and Administration)Group ‘A’
(x) Indian Postal ServiceGroup ‘A’.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts ServiceGroup ‘A’.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic ServiceGroup ‘A’.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts ServiceGroup 'A'.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel ServiceGroup ‘A’.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection ForceGroup ‘A’
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates ServiceGroup ‘A’.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)Group ‘A’.
(xviii) Indian Trade ServiceGroup 'A' (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law ServiceGroup "A".
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil ServiceGroup ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
(xxi) Delhi |Andaman & Nicobar Islands | Lakshadweep |Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil ServiceGroup 'B'.
(xxii) Delhi /Andaman & Nicobar Islands| Lakshadweep | Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service Group 'B'.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil ServiceGroup 'B'.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police ServiceGroup 'B'.

List of centres for Civil Services (preliminary) examination of UPSC

Allotment of Centres will be on the “first-apply-first allot”

List of centres for Civil Services (Main) examination of UPSC


How to apply for UPSC online

  1. You are requested to apply online for UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION through their official UPSC Online portal using the URL http://www.upsconline.nic.in . Step by step guidance to fill “Online Application Form” of UPSC CSE is given in this post and also you can find it on the above link.
  2. You are requested to apply only through online mode only no other mode LIKE Off-Line is allowed for submission of applications.

Negative Markings for wrong answers in UPSC Exam

  • The negative marking system is implemented in UPSC Exam in which, if you do any wrong answer in “Objective Type Question Papers” than marks will be deducted from your right answer.
  • For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by you, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty from your right answer.
  • If you will give two answers of a single question and one out of them will be right, it will be treated as wrong answer and penalty will be imposed on your answer as negative marking will be implemented.
  • If you have not given any answer of the question, It will be not marked under penalty.

UPSC contact number, Helpdesk for UPSC aspirants for guidance of candidates

If you need any help from UPSC while filling your online application form or any clarification regarding your applications, candidature /information/guidance you can directly contact your UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near gate ‘C’ of its campus. You can also directly call UPSC over Telephone No. on working days between 10 AM to 5PM.
  • 011-23381125
  • 011-23385271
  • 011-23098543

Use of Mobile phone in UPSC Exam

  1. You cannot use mobile phones, pagers or any other electronic device which can be used for communication is not allowed to use. If someone is found by violating the instruction of not using gadgets will be not allowed to give UPSC Exam and you will be banned from future examinations.
  2. You are advised not to bring any electronic gadget, any valuable articles as nothing will be allowed to take inside the UPSC Exam hall.

UPSC Exam Eligibility


  • To apply for the post of the Indian Police Service and the Indian Administrative Service, You must be the citizen of India.
  • For other UPSC Services which are given above in the list , You must be anyone from below points :
  1. Citizen of India
  2. A subject of Bhutan
  3. A subject of Nepal
  4. Refugee of Tibet who came in India before 1st Jan 1962 to permanently settle in India.
  5. You must be person of Indian origin who migrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, and Pakistan, East African countries of Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Malawi and Zaire to permanently settle in India.
  • If you are belonging to above categories in point 1,2,3,4 and 5 , shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  • If you are belonging to above categories in point 1,2,3,4 and 5, then you are also not eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
Age limit of UPSC
  • You must be 21 years old and must not have attained the age 32 years on the 1st Aug of the present year.
  • Upper age limit is relaxable for reserved category.
#For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe.
  Five (5) years of extension in age limit for you if you belong to ST or SC Category.
#For Other Backward Classes
Three (3) years of extension in age limit for you if you belong to OBC category.
# For Jammu and Kashmir
Five (5) years of extension in age limit for you if ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st December 1989.
#For Defence and Military
  • Three (3) years > Five (5) Years of extension in age limit for you if Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or any disturbed area.
  • Five (5) years of extension in age limit for you if you are ex-servicemen, ECOs/SSCOs and Commissioned Officers who have served Military Service at least for five years till the present year.
  • Ten (10) years of extension in age limit for you if you are deaf-mute, blind and orthopedically handicapped persons.
Proof to show Date of Birth in UPSC Exam
UPSC will accept the date of birth which would be entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University or an equivalent examination certificate.
You have to submit proof of birth at the time of applying CSE Main.
Document which will not be accepted by UPSC for birth Proof
  1. Affidavits
  2. Horoscopes
  3. Birth extracts from Municipal Corporation etc.
Note- Once you have entered your date of birth while filling UPSC Online application and it would enter in the record of UPSC, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

UPSC Qualification

  • You must have done graduation in any field from any state or central University or any Private University which is recognized by UGC act 1956.
  • Any deemed as a University under sec-3 UGC Act, 1956.
  • If you have appeared in the last year of graduation, then also you can apply for UPSC Preliminary Examination and, If you get qualified in Preliminary Examination, You have to submit your passing mark sheet  to UPSC before CSE Main in October/November of the present year.
  • If you have the professional and technical qualification which are recognized by the Central / State Government as equivalent to the professional and technical degree would also be eligible for UPSC Exam.
  • If you are M.B.B.S or any Medical profession you can submit your degree at the time of Interview.

Number of UPSC attempts

  • If you belong to Open/General category, you have six attempts for the UPSC Exam.
  • No restriction is applicable for you if you belong to SC or ST Category.
  • Nine (9) attempts are allowed to you if you belong to OBC Category.
  • If you are physically handicapped and you belong to General/Open category then you will get 9 attempts in UPSC.
  • Your attempt at a Preliminary Examination will be counted as an attempt in Civil Services Examination.
  • Your appearance in the Examination, Your disqualification/ or cancellation of candidature will be counted in a number of attempts.

UPSC Exam Fees

  • UPSC Exam Fees is free for you if you belong to Scheduled Caste (SC) or Scheduled Tribe (ST).
  • UPSC Exam Fees is free for you if you are Female or Physically Handicapped (PH) candidate.
  • If you do not belong to any of above category then you have to pay the sum of Rs. 100 as a UPSC Exam Fees.

                 Payment mode of UPSC Exam Fees

>You can either pay it by cash in any branch of SBI.
> You can also pay it by using internet banking or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.
> Once you pay your fees, It will not be refunded in any case.
> If you are qualified for UPSC CSE Main than you have to pay the fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two hundred only) as an examination fee.

Note :

If you are already in Government Service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work-charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises, You have to submit in writing to your head that have applied for the Examination.
In case if you did not inform your head about your application to commission than application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

UPSC Exam Pattern

The UPSC competitive examination held into two successive stages:
  1. Civil Services (Preliminary Examinations) (Objective Type) i.e. (Multiple choice questions). Once you will clear your Preliminary Examinations you will be eligible Main Examination.
  2. Civil Services (Main Examination) will be in the form of (Written and Interview). Once you will clear the Main Examination of UPSC CSE, You will be welcomed for various services and posts of UPSC which is mentioned above.
  3. Civil Services (Preliminary Examinations) consist of two papers of (Multiple choice questions). Prelims are the test which meant to serve as a screening test only.
  4. You are only allowed to appear for Civil Services (Main Examination), If you have cleared Civil Services (Preliminary Examinations).
  5. You are only eligible for Civil Services (Main Examination), Only if you have obtained minimum qualifying marks of 33%, in General, Studies Paper- II of Civil Services (Preliminary Examinations) and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I Civil Services (Preliminary Examinations) as may be determined by the UPSC.
  6. UPSC Civil Services (Main Examination) is the combination of written examination and an interview test. The written exam contains 9 papers of conventional essay type.
  7. Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VlI) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking based system.
NOTE:-The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.

All the posts are written with lots of love for our readers.. We would love to see you sharing our posts. We never spam with wrong content.. You can happily depend on our content. With lots of love @Editor, Swapnamithra. Copyright reserved .

Post a Comment