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IAS Syllabus

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

Paper 1:

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.

Paper 2:

Comprehension
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 A:

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
Precis Writing
Usage and Vocabulary

Paper B:

Paper Subject Topics
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
  • (Indian Heritage/Culture, World History & Geography)
  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
V General Studies 2
  • (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)
  •  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
VI General Studies 3
  • (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management)
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
VII General Studies 4
  • (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)
  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
VIII and IX Optional 1 (Of your choice)/ Optional 2 (Of your choice)
  • Botany, Economics, General Studies, Geography, Management, Philosophy, Public Administration
  • Agriculture, Chemistry, Medical science, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Sociology, Statistics, Law, Essays, Commerce & Accountancy and Psychology

Important Notice: For paper VIII and IX, Candidates can select any ONE optional subject from amongst list of subjects provided above.

 



Essential booklist for UPSC Prelims 2016

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
History
11th (Ancient Indian History – RS Sharma)
11th (Medieval Indian History – Satish Chandra)
12th (Modern Indian History – Bipan Chandra)
Indian Economy
Performance & Policies – Uma Kapila
The Hindu
Geography
6th to 10th Standard Books (Old Syllabus)
11th to 12th Standard Books (New Syllabus)
Indian Constitution – M Lakshmikantha The Indian Express
Economics
11th Standard (Indian Economic Development)
Marching Ahead With Science – NBT
From Government to Government – NBT
Future of Indian Agriculture – NBT
The Frontline
Indian Polity
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
Yojana
International Relations
12th Standard Book (Contemporary World Politic)
World Politics
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
Kurukshetra

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.