UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2019 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) prescribes the exam pattern and syllabus of UPSC Civil Services 2019 along with the notification. UPSC Civil Services exam is conducted in three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview. UPSC Civil Services Prelims comprises two papers from General Studies of 200 marks each. On the basis of performance in the Prelims stage, candidates will be shortlisted for Mains exam. UPSC Civil Services Mains exam consists of nine papers of which Paper A and B are qualifying in nature. Marks obtained in the remaining seven papers and Interview will be calculated while preparing the merit list. UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2019 contains information including the total number of papers, sections, topics, units, duration and marking scheme of the exam.
UPSC Civil Services 2019 Prelims exam is qualifying in nature and marks obtained in this stage will not be considered while preparing the merit list. The exam comprises two papers – General Studies 1 and General Studies 2. Both the papers will contain only objective type questions. The Commission has prescribed the minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies 2. Prelims exam is conducted to select candidates for Mains and Interview. The exam pattern of UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam has been provided below.
UPSC Civil Services 2019 Exam Pattern for Prelims
Name of paper
Number of Questions
General Studies 1
General Studies 2
The Mains exam will consist of a written exam and interview. The written test will contain nine papers and questions asked in the exam will be conventional type questions. As per the exam pattern of UPSC Civil Services 2019, Paper A and B are qualifying in nature. Merit list of candidates will be prepared on the basis of marks secured in the seven compulsory papers and Interview. The exam pattern of UPSC Civil Services 2019 has been given below.
General Studies 3
General Studies 4
As per UPSC Civil Services exam pattern, one mark will be awarded to candidates for each correct response. One-third of the marks allotted for each question will be deducted for every incorrect answer marked by candidates in the exam. However, no marks will be deducted if a question is left unattempted by candidates.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) prescibes the syllabus of UPSC Civil Services 2019. The syllabus provides the list of subjects, sections, topics and units required for the exam. With the help of UPSC Civil Services syllabus, candidates can plan their preparation for the exam well in advance. Using UPSC Civil Services 2019 syllabus, candidates will also be able to identify their weaker areas and work on them for improvement. The syllabus of UPSC Civil Services 2019 has been provided in the table below.
Part A - Prelims
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, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization
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
Part B - Mains
Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations
Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
In the Personality Test/ Interview, candidates will be asked questions pertaining to matters of general interest. The aim of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of candidates for a career in public service and evaluate their mental capability. Through the interview, the Commission will also determine candidates’ social traits. The Interview, therefore, will test candidates’ mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
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