UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus: Check 2021 Syllabus Here


UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus 2021: Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) 2021 syllabus. Eventually, UPSC conducts the Civil Services Written Exam on 27/06/2021. Candidates who are preparing for the Civil Services Exam such as IAS, IPS, IFS etc. can check the complete Civil Services 2021 Syllabus here. We collected the CSE Syllabus & Exam Pattern and posted it here for easy reference of aspirants. So candidates can refer our page to download the latest UPSC Syllabus.

UPSC Civil Services Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2021:

Aspirants should be aware of the updated exam pattern before starting their preparation. So candidates are advised to refer the exam pattern before viewing the syllabus. We have also listed the selection process of 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) 2021 Notification – Click Here

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Pattern:

S. No Name of the Test Marks No of Questions Duration
1 Paper – I 200 100 120 minutes
2 Paper – I 200 80 120 minutes
Total 400 180 240 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. No Subject
1 Current events of national and international importance
2 History of India and Indian National Movement
3 Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
4 Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
5 Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
6 General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
7 General Science

2. Paper – II

Section Subject
1 Comprehension
2 Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3 Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4 Decision making and problem solving
5 General mental ability
6 Basic 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

Subject Marks
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 Subject Marks
Paper B English 300 Marks
Paper‐I Essay 250 Marks
Paper‐II General Studies‐I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250 Marks
Paper‐III General Studies ‐II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250 Marks
Paper‐IV General Studies ‐III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250 Marks
Paper‐V General Studies ‐IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250 Marks
Paper‐VI Optional Subject ‐ Paper 1 250 Marks
Paper‐VII Optional Subject ‐ Paper 2 250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
Personality Test 275 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 Main 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.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus PDF 2021 – Click here

Important Links for UPSC 2021 Exam:

UPSC Notifications 2021 Click here
For Official Website Click here

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