UPSC Pre Exam Syllabus

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Prelims Exam:

Only those who apply for UPSC CSE Prelims can write Prelims exam

Questions Multiple Choice Type. Need to select one correct option among four answer options given for each question

Prelims Exam PapersImportanceMaximum MarksDurationNo. of QuestionsMarks given per Correct AnswerMarks cut per Wrong AnswerSubjects
General StudiesYou need to score minimum 120+ to qualify to write Mains Exam.2002 hours10020.67Polity, Economy, Geography, History
CSAT (Aptitude Test)Only Qualifying. You need to score minimum grace marks. Your score does not count for cutoffs. i.e even if you score 200/200 in this paper, you may fail if you don’t get cut off score in GS paper.2002 hours802.50.83Aptitude, Comprehension, Reasoning, Data Interpretation

Prelims General Studies I – 200 Marks – 2 Hours – Multiple Choice Questions

SYLLABUS (By heart it)REFERENCE BOOKS(strictly limit to these sources)
Current events of national and international importance Follow any one website or read any one newspaper
History of India and Indian National Movement.Indian History – Bipin Chandra.

NCERTs 11 & 12

Art& Culture – Nithin Singhania

Spectrum – Modern History

Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.NCERTs 11 & 12

School Atlas

India Year Book

Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etcNCERTs 11 & 12

Indian Polity – Laxmikanth

Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etcNCERTs 11 & 12

Budget & Economic Survey

India Yearbook

General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation General ScienceNCERT 6 to 12 selectively

Current News

Shankar’s Environment

Prelims General Studies II (Aptitude) – 200 Marks – 2 Hours – Multiple Choice Questions

SYLLABUSREFERENCE BOOKS(Class X level preparation is enough)
Maths, Data InterpretationNCERTs 7 to 11

Fast Track Objective Arithmetic

previous year papers

Reasoning, Arrangement, Blood RelationsHigh level reasoning: Analytical Reasoning by M.K.Pandey (BSC Publication)

Routine Topics: R.S.Aggarwal.

previous year papers

Comprehension, InferencesAnalytical Reasoning by M.K.Pandey

Newspaper, Magazines

previous year papers

Decision Making, Communication SkillNot asking recently. Refer previous year papers


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  • Memorize the syllabus.
  • Make a schedule and regularly read from the above references.
  • Understand the concepts clearly. Don’t try to memorize.
  • Take previous year question papers and try answering questions.
  • Solve as many mcqs as you can topicwise.
  • Read, Revise, Retake test over and over again
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