UPSC Syllabus for CSE Prelims

It is crucial to understand the IAS Prelims syllabus because it is the preliminary exam that determines who advances to the next round, the Mains. Before beginning their preparation, all candidates for the UPSC Exam must become familiar with the exam format and IAS Exam curriculum.

Below is a detailed discussion of the two IAS prelims papers:

General Studies

The first test of the preliminary examination is the General Studies test. A candidate's general knowledge of a variety of topics, including Indian politics, geography, history, the economy, science and technology, the environment and ecology, international relations, and related UPSC current affairs, will be evaluated in this test.

Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

In addition to "Reading Comprehension" and the sporadically asked "Decision Making" questions, this UPSC Prelims syllabus for CSAT aims to evaluate the candidate's capacity for handling "Reasoning and Analytical" problems.

UPSC Syllabus for GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation.
  • General Science

UPSC Syllabus for CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper-II)

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