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UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 syllabus 

UPSC Civil Services Syllabus -Download the UPSC CSE Syllabus in a Pdf format for the reference during the exam preparation. Contenders who are keen to help people, in general, using the UPSC Civil Services Posts can start your preparation work for the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021. Interested & willing candidates should submit your Civil Service Exam Application form 2021 pdf for the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 preceding the end date. Complete your application process by following the UPSC Instructions for filling the form 2021. Reach down to know further information of UPSC Syllabus Subject Wise and download the CSE Syllabus Pdf for UPSC Exam 2021 through clicking the link which is given below. Contenders can use this fantastic opportunity to achieve your dream career. Prepare well to score best!!

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 Syllabus Details

Organization Name Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Name of the Examination Civil Services (Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Forest Services (IFS))
Selection Process Written Test (Prelims, Mains), Personality Test (Interview)
 Category  Syllabus
Job Location Across India
Official Website   www.upsc.gov.in

Union Public Service Commission CSE Exam Pattern 2021

UPSC Civil Services Selection Procedure:

Category Marks Allocated
Preliminary Examination 400
Mains Examination 1750
Personal Interview 250

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021 – Exam Pattern:

Subject Name No. of. Marks Duration of Examination
General Ability Test (GAT) 200 02 Hours
(120 minutes)
Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) 200 02 Hours
(120 minutes)
Total 400

NOTE: 20 minutes extra time for Blind Candidates & Candidate with Locomotor Disability & Cerebral Palsy [minimum 40% impairment]

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Pattern:

Subject No. of. Marks Duration of Examination
Essay Paper 250  03 Hours (180 Minutes)
General Studies I
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)
250  03 Hours (180 Minutes)
General Studies II
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
250  03 Hours (180 Minutes)
General Studies III
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
250  03 Hours (180 Minutes)
General Studies IV
(Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)
250  03 Hours (180 Minutes)
Optional Subject Paper I 250  03 Hours (180 Minutes)
Optional Subject Paper II 250  03 Hours (180 Minutes)
Total 1750

Union Public Service Commission Civil Service Exam Syllabus 2021

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UPSC Civil Services Prelims Detailed Syllabus

UPSC IAS Syllabus – Paper-I – General Ability Test (GAT):

  • 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
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Events and Happening of National Importance
  • Impact of Geography in the country
  • Governance and Constitutional Structure
  • Current Issues faced by the country
  • Research and Development
  • Scientific Developments

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Syllabus Paper-II – Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT):

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving Capacity
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Numerical Ability
  • Analytical Skills
  • Comprehension
  • Antonyms  / Synonyms
  • Data Interpretation.

UPSC Civil Services Mains Syllabus

UPSC Civil Services Syllabus – General Studies I

  • History of India – Ancient and Modern
  • Significant changes in Architecture, Literature, etc.
  • Geographical Significance
  • Notable events in World History
  • Diversity
  • Globalization
  • Modern Indian history
  • The Freedom Struggle
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.— their forms and effect on the society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone, etc.,
  • Geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

UPSC Syllabus 2021 – General Studies II

  • Constitution of India
  • Constitutional Analysis of the world
  • Parliament and Legislatures
  • Key issues faced by the nation and solutions
  • Welfare Schemes by the Government
  • Department and Structures in Government
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues, and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein
  • Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  •  Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
  • Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization, and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  •  Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  •  Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency, and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • India and its neighbourhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies, and fora – their structure, mandate.

Civil Service Examination 2021 Syllabus – General Studies III

  • Indian Economy
  • Farming
  • Science
  • Research and Development
  • Information Technology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Achievements in various fields
  • Security Challenges
  • Industrial Growth
  • Infrastructural developments
  • Issues relating to planning, mobilization, resources, growth, development, and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, – different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System-objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution, and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cybersecurity money-laundering and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

UPSC Civil Services Syllabus – General Studies-IV

  • Ethics in Public Administration
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Behavioural Analysis
  • Functional Values
  • Integrity
  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants, and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations, and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies

UPSC CSE Optional Subjects (Paper-I & Paper-II):

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Indian History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

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