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UPSC CSE Syllabus: A Complete Guide for UPSC Preparation Students

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) every year to recruit candidates for various prestigious posts in the central government, such as Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and others. The UPSC CSE is one of the most competitive and challenging exams in the country, with lakhs of aspirants applying for it every year.

To crack the UPSC CSE, one needs to have a thorough understanding of the UPSC syllabus, which is divided into three stages: Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the UPSC CSE syllabus for each stage, along with some tips and resources to help you prepare effectively.

UPSC CSE Preliminary Syllabus

The UPSC CSE Preliminary exam is the first stage of the UPSC CSE, which consists of two objective-type papers: General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II (also known as CSAT). The Preliminary exam is only a screening test, and the marks obtained in it are not counted for the final ranking. However, one needs to score at least 33% in the CSAT paper and qualify the cut-off marks in the General Studies Paper-I to be eligible for the Mains exam.

The UPSC CSE Preliminary syllabus covers a wide range of topics from various subjects, such as Indian Polity, Geography, History, Indian Economy, Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology, International Relations, and Current Affairs. The CSAT paper tests the candidates’ aptitude, reasoning, comprehension, and decision-making skills.

The section below shows the UPSC CSE Preliminary syllabus in detail:

General Studies Paper-I

Indian Polity

Constitution, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles, Parliament, President, Prime Minister, Judiciary, State and Local Governments, etc.



Indian Economy

Science and Technology