Civil Services Main Examination (Syllabus)

 

It is designed to test not only the academic talent of the aspirant but also his ability to coordinate and present his knowledge in a clear and coherent manner. The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

The scope of the syllabus for the optional subject papers for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors degree and lower than the masters degree. In the case of Engineering and law, the level corresponds to the bachelor’s degree.

The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio- economic goals, objectives and demands.
The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

Civil Services Main Examination  

The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Paper-I

  • Section 1                Essay                                                               200                  Marks
  • Section 2                English Comprehension & English Precis   100                 Marks 

(Of Matriculation/ Xth standard level)

Essay: Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

English Comprehension & English Precis will be to test the English language Comprehension and English précis writing skills (at 10th standard level).

Paper-II 

General Studies–I 250 Marks (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society).

To see details of syllabus click on the following link : General Studies- I

Paper-III

General Studies –II 250 Marks (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) .

To see details of syllabus click on the following link :General Studies- II

Paper-IV 

General Studies –III 250 Marks (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security  and Disaster Management).

To see details of syllabus click on the following link :General Studies-III

Paper-V 

General Studies –IV 250 Marks  (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude).

To see details of syllabus click on the following link : General Studies- IV

Paper-VI 

Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks

Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given (Group 1). However, if a candidate has graduated in any of the literatures of languages indicated in Group-2 , with the literature as the main subject, then the candidate can also opt for that particular literature subject as an optional subject.

 Paper-VII 

Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.

Sub Total (Written test)= 1800 Marks 

Personality Test:  275 Marks.

Grand Total = 2075 Marks

 For details Click on the following : csp2013

UPSC Interview [in the medium you choose]275 Marks.

 Syllabus of optional subjects (Select two of them under given condition which you love to read)

Syllabi of the papers included in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination are given as follows:-

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