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IAS Preliminary & Mains Exam Syllabus
In the below section of this page, we are giving IAS Syllabus 2016 for Preliminary exam and main exam. Preliminary Exam consist 2 papers i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2.
IAS Preliminary Exam
History of India and Indian national movement
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization General Science.
Indian and world geography- Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
Indian politics and governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
Current events of national and international importance
Economic and social development Ecology- – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Interpersonal skills including communication skills
General mental ability
English language comprehension skills
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).
IAS Main Exam
in the beneath segment of this page, we are providing IAS Syllabus for main exam. Main examination consist 2 paper i.e. paper A and paper B. In paper A, there are 2 parts and In Paper B there is 7 parts.
Paper I: Any Indian Language
In this, candidates have to choose one language from Languages which included in Eighth Schedule of Constitution. This exam is not compulsory for candidates who are from States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.
Paper II: English
Purpose of this paper is to test candidate’s skills to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his thoughts correctly, in English and concerned Indian Language.
Pattern of questions would be mostly as follows:-
Comprehension of given passages
Usage and Vocabulary
|III||Essay||Candidates will require writing an essay on a specific topic. Choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to topic of essay to assemble their ideas in orderly and to write in brief.|
|IV||General Studies 1||
|V||General Studies 2||
|VI||General Studies 3||
|VII||General Studies 4||
|VIII and IX||Optional 1 (Of your choice)/ Optional 2 (Of your choice)||
Important Notice: For paper VIII and IX, Candidates can select any ONE optional subject from amongst list of subjects provided above.
If you are appearing for Prelims 2016, and want to know which books you need to read, below is the list of books that you will need to clear Prelims. It has been compiled on the recommendations of our IAS experts, and has been updated keeping in mind the UPSC Prelims examination of the past 3 years.
|NCERT||BASIC READINGS||Magazines & Newspapers|
11th (Ancient Indian History – RS Sharma)
11th (Medieval Indian History – Satish Chandra)
12th (Modern Indian History – Bipan Chandra)
Performance & Policies – Uma Kapila
6th to 10th Standard Books (Old Syllabus)
11th to 12th Standard Books (New Syllabus)
|Indian Constitution – M Lakshmikantha||The Indian Express|
11th Standard (Indian Economic Development)
|Marching Ahead With Science – NBT
From Government to Government – NBT
Future of Indian Agriculture – NBT
9th to 12th Standard Book
The Constitution of India – P M Bakshi
|India’s Foreign Policy – V P Dutt
Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude – IGNOU Material
Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
Indian Year Book – Publication Division
12th Standard Book (Contemporary World Politic)
Orient Blackswan Atlas
TTK School Atlas
|Constitutional Questions & Citizen Charter – A G Noorani
Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
India and the dynamics of World Politics – Sharma, Goria & Mishra
All the above mentioned recommendations are well-suited for any aspirant to clear the Civil Service Exam like IAS in your very first attempt. But ultimately it depends on your perseverance and hard work to sail through.