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UPSC Full Stack Syllabus

A number of myths surround The UPSC Civil Services and Other UPSC examination like…

UPSC Civil Services Examinations:-

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Foreign Services (IFS)
  • Indian Police Services (IPS)

 Other UPSC Examination:-

  • Indian Forest Services (IFS)
  • Engineering Services Examination (ESE)
  • Indian Economic Service / Indian Statistical Services (IES/ISS)
  • Geologists’ Examination (GE)
  • Special Class Railway Apprentices examination (SCRA)
  • Combined Medical Services Examination(CMSE)
  • Central Armed Police forces CAPF(AC) Exam
  • Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS)
  • NDA & NAVAL Academy Examination

Some think that it is easy for students with professional qualifications such as engineering and medicine. Some believe that only those having an excellent academic record can get into it while some even believe that if they join civil services, they will have to sacrifice their social life and many students are not in a position to understand the requirements of the examination. Here are Tips, Tricks, and Details about UPSC Examination.

The first step to test oneself in Civil Service examinations is the preliminary exam. The exam paper will be held into two sections:-

                Paper 1 (General Studies) = 200 marks

Paper I includes current events, history, geography, economic, social development and general issues on biodiversity.

               Paper II (Aptitude Test) = 200marks

Paper 2 covers interpersonal skills, decision-making abilities and so forth.

Paper 2 entirely examine your attitude; hence it covers topics like interpersonal and communication skills, comprehension, logical reasoning, decision-making ability, general mental ability and basic numeracy or data interpretation. You should try to solve the previous question papers; this will enhance the ability to answer questions smartly.

Tips, Tricks, and details to crack the Prelims Examination:-

In prelims, understanding of concepts is tested. It does not require an in-depth focus under each subject, hence, Therefore, instead of memorizing, candidates should start understanding concept. Therefore, candidates should understand the questions and answer precisely instead of beating around the bush. Students should concentrate on Reading NCERT high school textbooks, previous s solved papers, current events and the candidate must thoroughly read newspapers while reading the newspapers, also keep his/her focus on people, places and events it’s suggested that never forget to make notes of all the major happenings covered by the newspapers, competitive magazines, Websites, Blog and note all the important events to promptly go through before the examination. Reading good general studies books would be an additional advantage. For geographical knowledge, one should look to store the required knowledge about places, cities, continents or countries in his/her long term memory.

Guidelines for attempting the paper:-

  • Firstly, the candidates should focus on easy questions.
  • The candidates should leave the difficult questions.
  • Practice as many test papers as possible.
  • Take Clear IAS prelims mock exams.
  • Solve whole question paper in multiple attempts following a cyclic strategy.
  • In the first round, attempt only those questions where you are damn confident.
  • More the screening of the whole paper, more you understand, with proper Time Management.
  • Initially, don’t worry about the score, just put your BEST.
  • Make only Intelligent guesses.
  • No blind guesses.
  • Don’t miss any basic question of any field, it must be solved.
  • Don’t get panicked, even if you aren’t able to solve a single question out of all questions provided on a single page, rather move to next page, and solve the easy ones.
  • Now the focus should be on revision and not on covering new topics.
  • Go with a relaxed mind on the exam day.

 NOTE: In preliminary examination consists on negative marking, the candidates have advised to     only answer the questions which they are fully assured of Speed and accuracy is another crucial   point to keep in mind while attempting Civil Services Preliminary exam. 

The 2nd step to test oneself in Civil Service examinations is the Mains Examination. A few number of prelims students appear for the civil services mains and if you are one among them, then your mind must be bristling with innumerable questions pertaining to a formulation of the best possible strategy to crack UPSC mains. There is no doubt that a thorough understanding of General studies (GS) is vital not only for prelims but also for mains.

UPSC Main Exam Syllabus:-

As per the latest pattern of Civil Services Exam (2013), the exam has 1 essay paper + 4 GS papers + 2 optional papers. In addition to this, there are 2 language papers which are only qualifying in nature. (A total of 9 papers.).

Compulsory Papers:-

  1. Paper 1 – Essay (250 marks):
  2. Paper 2 – General Studies – Paper 1 (250 marks): Culture, History, Indian Heritage and Geography of the World and Society.
  3. Paper 3 – General Studies – Paper 2 (250 marks): Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
  4. Paper 4 – General Studies – Paper 3 (250 marks): Technology, Economic, Development, , Environment, Bio-diversity ,Security and Disaster Management)
  5. Paper 5 – General Studies – Paper 4 (250 marks): Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.
  6. Paper 6 – Optional – Paper 1 (250 marks):
  7. Paper 7 – Optional – Paper 2 (250 marks):

Qualifying Papers:-

  1. Paper A – Regional Language.
  2. Paper B – English Language.

Requirement Tips for Mains:-

  • Basic command over English and Aptitude.
  • Current Affairs are a major portion of the General Studies exam comes from current affairs of the previous year including recent incidents.
  • Write briefly, eloquently and within word limits
  • It is essential to improve your language skills as the examination is a descriptive answer type. Good language skills will go a long way in correctly presenting your knowledge. UPSC Examination Mains focuses on your thinking and analytical ability and everything depends on how you use language to express yourself.
  • To the Point Approach.
  • Quality material and guidance.
  • Patience and Self-confidence.