UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus: Check CSE 2024 Syllabus Here

UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus 2024: Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) 2024 syllabus. Eventually, UPSC conducts the Civil Services Prelims Written Exam on 26/05/2024. Candidates who are preparing for the Civil Services Exam such as IAS, IPS, IFS etc. can check the complete Civil Services 2024 Syllabus here. We collected the CSE Syllabus & Exam Pattern and posted them here for easy reference of aspirants. So candidates can refer our page to download the latest UPSC Syllabus.

UPSC Civil Services Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2024:

Aspirants should be aware of the updated exam pattern before starting their preparation. So candidates are advised to refer to the exam pattern before viewing the syllabus. We have also listed the selection process for UPSC Civil Services Exam.

Selection Procedure:

UPSC Civil Services Exam selection involves 3 steps as follows.

  1. Prelims Exam
  2. Mains Exam
  3. Interview

UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) 2024 Notification – Click Here

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Pattern:

S. NoName of the TestMarksNo of QuestionsDuration
1Paper – I200100120 minutes
2Paper – I20080120 minutes
Total400180240 minutes
  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
  • The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelims) Examination.

UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus:

1. PAPER – I

S. NoSubject
1Current events of national and international importance
2History of India and Indian National Movement
3Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
4Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
5Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
6General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
7General Science

2. Paper – II

2Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4Decision making and problem solving
5General mental ability
6Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level)

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Pattern:

Candidates who qualified in the Prelims Exam are permitted to appear for the Mains Exam. So candidates can go through the Mains pattern mentioned below and prepare accordingly.

1. Paper A

Indian Language (One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution).300 Marks

2. Paper B

Paper BEnglish300 Marks
Paper‐IEssay250 Marks
Paper‐IIGeneral Studies‐I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)250 Marks
Paper‐IIIGeneral Studies ‐II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)250 Marks
Paper‐IVGeneral Studies ‐III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)250 Marks
Paper‐VGeneral Studies ‐IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250 Marks
Paper‐VIOptional Subject ‐ Paper 1250 Marks
Paper‐VIIOptional Subject ‐ Paper 2250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test)1750 Marks
Personality Test275 Marks
Grand Total (Paper A + Paper B)2025 Marks
  • Marks obtained by the candidates in Paper I-VII will be counted only for merit ranking.
  • The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
  • The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only.

Optional Subjects:

  • Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects listed below.

List of optional subjects for Mains Examination:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology
  26. Literature of any one of the following languages
  27. Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

How to Download UPSC CSE Syllabus 2024:

  1. Visit ->
  2. Click the Civil Services Notification link on the home page.
  3. Search for the exam pattern and syllabus in the official notification.
  4. Download the syllabus PDF for future reference
  5. Candidates can also use the direct download “click to download syllabus” button.

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