Know Everything About UPSC syllabus 2020

The UPSC is Union Public Service Commission exam is the toughest entrance examination in India. Still, thousands of candidates appear for the exam every year to get a chance into one of the most prestigious government jobs in the country. The UPSC or IAS Exam is conducted in 3 different stages which are the – prelims, mains, and interview. The Prelims include an objective test of 2 papers of 200 marks each and the Mains exam is also a written exam but is comprised of 7 papers of different allowed marks. All the candidates must be well aware of the extensive syllabus that is set for the UPSC examination. Before you start preparing for the UPSC examination, have a detailed look at the UPSC Syllabus 2020.

Syllabus 2020 for Preliminary Round

Here is the syllabus for the two papers that the candidates need to appear for in the preliminary round.

Syllabus for Paper 1 – This is the syllabus for the UPSC Syllabus 2020 for Paper 1 which carries 200 marks with 2 hours duration.

  • Events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian Polity and Governance Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, and Public Policy
  • Economic and Social Development‐Sustainable Development, Poverty, various Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, and the General issues on Environmental ecology
  • General Science
  • Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the world 
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change ‐ excluding subject specialization and General Science

Syllabus for Paper 2 – This is the syllabus for the UPSC Syllabus 2020 for Paper 2 which carries 200 marks with 2 hours duration.

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

Syllabus 2020 for Mains Round

Here is the syllabus for the 7 papers that the candidates need to appear for the Mains round.

Paper 1 – the first paper of the Mains requires the candidates to write an essay which will be based on a specific topic. The essay will be required to stay close to the main idea of the main subject that has been given. The ideas and style of writing should be concise and crisp. The total marks of this paper are 250.

Paper 2 – the second paper of the Mains is based on General Studies I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society. This paper is usually based on the Indian heritage of both ancient and modern times along with history and geography of the world. The total marks of this paper are 250.

Paper 3 – the third paper for the Mains is based completely on General Studies II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations. The candidates will deal with questions that are relevant to the Indian Constitution, Social Justice, and International relations. The total marks of this paper are 250.

Paper 4 – the fourth paper of the Mains is based on the General Studies III: Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management. The candidates will deal with various questions relating to Technology, Bio-Diversity and Disaster Management. The total marks of this paper are 250.

Paper 5 – the fifth paper of the Mains is based on General Studies IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. The candidates will need to answer questions related to Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. The total marks of this paper are 250.

Paper 6 and Paper 7 – the last two exams of the Mains deals with Optional Subject- Paper 1 and 2. The candidates will need to choose any subject of their preference and any language they are comfortable with for the language paper. Both the examinations are conducted for 250 marks.

So here is the detailed information related to the UPSC Syllabus 2020. The candidates are required to follow this syllabus before preparing for the examination. The syllabus is huge and contains much more diversity which they will be able to find at the official website, where all the chapters and topic names are provided in details.

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