UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2019. IAS Syllabus 2019

The UPSC syllabus 2019 for Civil Service Examination (CSE) can be accessed and downloaded from this page. Candidates can bookmark this page to refer to the latest UPSC curriculum for the IAS Exam (CSE Prielms, Men’s and Interviews).

Courses (including optional subjects) for individual subjects in IAS are given below on the related link. Scroll down to refer to or download it.

UPSC Syllabus 2019 – Civil Services Preliminary Examination

The Civil Services Preliminary Examination consists of two compulsory papers of 200 marks (General Study Paper I and General Studies Paper II). Questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. Points of the prelims will not be counted for the final ranking, but will be for qualification for the main exam.

The Commission will prepare a list of candidates to be eligible for the Civil Services (Main) Examination on the basis of the minimum qualification score of 33% in the General Information Examination of the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination and the total of General Studies Paper-I Qualification marks can be determined by the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination Commission.

UPSC SYLLABUS for Paper I – (200 MARKS) DURATION: Two hours (prescribed for merit bank in PRELIMS)

  • 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 Politics and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Right Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development Continuous Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demography, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • Issues on environmental ecology, biodiversity and climate change which do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

UPSC SYLLABUS for PAPER II- (200 MARKS) DURATION: Two hours (Not set for the rule given in the mail, but the question number is 33%;)

  • Understand.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision and solution to the problem.
  • General mental capacity
  • Original number (number and their relation, order of magnitude, etc.) (class X level), data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

UPSC Syllabus 2019 – Civil Services Men’s Examination

In the UPSC Syllabus 2019 for Civil Services Examination, the rank of a candidate depends solely on the marks obtained in the main and interview. There are 1750 marks in the main examination while 275 in the interview.

The written exam (main) will include the following nine papers, but only 7 papers for the final merit ranking will be counted. For the remaining two papers, the candidate should secure the minimum number prescribed by UPSC every year.

Papers counting for qualification ranking:

  1. Paper: I: (ESSAY) 250 points.
    In essay paper, candidates may need to write essays on many topics. They will be expected to organize their ideas systematically and to be briefly composed for the topic of essay. The credit for effective and accurate expression will be given.
  2. Paper: 2: (General Study 1) 250 points.
    General Studies for the UPSC Syllabus 2019 for Civil Services Mens Examination 1 Paper syllabus includes the following major areas: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.


  • Indian culture will cover the major aspects of art forms, literature, and architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from the middle of the eighteenth century till today – to important events, personalities, issues.
  • Freedom Struggle – Its various phases and important contributions/contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Integration after independence and restructuring within the country.
  • In the history of the world, 18th century will include events such as the Industrial Revolution, World War,
  • Partition of national borders, colonization, dissolution, political philosophy like communism,
  • Capitalism, socialism etc. – their form and influence on society.
  • Major characteristics of Indian society, diversity of India.
  • Role of organizations of women and women, population and related issues, poverty and
  • Developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their solutions.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism.
  • Highlights of the physical geography of the world.
  • Distribution of major natural resources worldwide (including South Asia and Indian subcontinent);
  • Factors responsible for industries of primary, secondary and tertiary sector
  • Different parts of the world (including India)
  • Important geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, cyclones etc.
  • Geographic features and their location – Important geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and changes in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

Paper: 3: (General Studies 2) 250 points

General Studies for the UPSC Civil Services Mens Examination 2 Paper UPSC syllabus 2019 includes the following major areas: Governance, Constitution, Politics, Social Justice and International Relations. The detailed curriculum is given below:

  • General paper study courses for UPSC Civil Services MAINS
    Indian Constitution- Historical basis, development, features, amendments, important provisions and basic structure.
  • The tasks and responsibilities of the Union and states, issues and challenges related to the federal structure, the deviation of powers and the local level of finance and challenges in it.
  • Separation of powers between different organs arises from dispersion mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of Indian Constitutional Plan with other countries
    Parliament and State Assemblies – Structure, Work, Conduct of Business, Powers and Privilege and Issues arising from them.
  • The structure, organization and functioning of government’s executive and judicial ministries and departments; Pressure group and formal / informal union and their role in the polity.
  • Key Features of the Representation of the People Act.
  • Appointment of various constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities for various constitutional posts.
  • Legal, regulatory and various semi-judicial bodies.
    Interventions for issues related to government policies and development and their design and implementation in different areas.
  • Role of development process and development industry – NGOs, SHGs, different groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • The welfare schemes and the performance of these schemes for the weaker sections of the population by the central and the states; The mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies formed for the protection and improvement of these weaker sections.
  • Issues related to the development and management of social sector / services related to health, education, human resources.
  • Issues related to poverty and hunger.
  • Governance, transparency and accountability, e-Governance – important aspects of applications, models, successes, limitations and potential; Citizen Charters, transparency and accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in democracy.
  • India and its neighbors – Relations.
  • Agreements affecting the interests of bilateral, regional and global groups and India and / or India.
  • Impact of policies and politics of developing and developing countries on the interests of India, Indian expatriates.
  • Important International Institutions, Agencies and Forces – Their Structure, Mandate.

Paper: 4: (General Studies 3) 250 points.

The key areas in the 3 paper syllabus of General Studies for the UPSC Civil Services Mens Exam include: Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Safety, and Disaster Management. Detailed courses provided by UPSC are as follows:

3 Paper Courses for General Studies UPSC Civil Services MAINS

  • Issues related to Indian economy and planning, planning, development and employment.
  • Inclusive development and issues arising from it.
  • Government budget.
  • Major crops for various crops, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems, agricultural produce and issues and related barriers to transportation and marketing in different parts of the country; E-technology in aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect agricultural subsidies and minimum support price; Public Distribution System – Objective, Functionality, Limitations, Improvement; Buffer stock and food safety issues; Technology Mission; Economics of animal husbandry.
  • Food processing and related industry in India – Scope and importance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Impact of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their impact on industrial development.
  • Infrastructure: energy, port, road, airport, railway etc.
  • Investment model.
  • Science and Technology- Development and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • The achievements of Indians in science and technology; Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the field of issues related to IT, space, computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and intellectual property rights.
  • Protection, environmental pollution and decline, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and Disaster Management.
  • Relationship between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges for internal security.
  • Challenging internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, the basics of cyber security; Money-laundering and its prevention
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; Relationship with organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various security forces and agencies and their mandate.

5. Paper: 5: (General Studies 4) 250 Marks.

The main areas in the syllabus of general paper for the UPSC Civil Service Mens Examination are given below: Ethics, Integrity and Qualification The details of the courses provided by the UPSC are given below: This paper will include the questions of the candidates’ attitude and test of integrity, probity related issues and their various issues and the approach to resolve the conflicts faced by them in public life. . Dealing with society Questions can use the Case Study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:

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4 Paper Courses for General Studies UPSC Civil Services

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determiners and consequences of ethics in human works; The dimensions of ethics; Ethics in private and public relations. Human value – Lessons from the life and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; Role of family, society and educational institutions in increasing values.
  • Approach: content, structure, work; Its effect and relationship with thoughts and behavior; Ethical and political views; Social impact and persuasion.
  • Qualifications and basic values, integrity, fairness and non-partiality, fairness, devotion to public service, sympathy for the weaker sections, tolerance and mercy for civil service.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and applications in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of Ethical Thinkers and Philosophers of India and the World.
  • Ethics in Public / Civil Services Price and Public Administration: Positions and Problems; Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; Law, rules, regulations and discretion as the source of moral guidance; Accountability and Ethical Governance; To strengthen ethical and moral values ​​in governance; Ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probability in governance: the concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and possibility; The exchange of information and transparency in information, the right to information, code of ethics, code of conduct, civil duty, work culture, quality of service delivery, public money use, the challenges of corruption.
  • Case study on the above issues

Paper: 6: (Optional Topic Paper 1) 250 points.

Paper: 7: (Optional Topic Paper 2) 250 points.

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