UPSC Syllabus- Prelims 2023

What is UPSC?

UPSC is a Constitutional Body under Article 315-323 Part XIV Chapter II of the Constitution of India to discharge their duties, functions, and obligations assigned under Article 320. The UPSC conducts various examinations in accordance with the Rules of examination as notified by the Government of India in a just, fair, and impartial manner for making a merit-based selection and recommendation of candidates for various Group A and Group B Services of the Govt. of India.

Stages of UPSC Exam?

The UPSC Exam consists of three main stages. Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. The Preliminary Examination is the First Stage of the UPSC Exam. UPSC Syllabus is very vast and therefore here we are going to discuss only Preliminary Exams.

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims

The UPSC Prelims exam consists of two compulsory Papers, namely

  • General Studies(GS) Paper-1
  • General Studies(GS) Paper-2 also called CSAT

Both Papers are generally held on the same day and the details are given in the table below:

GS Paper-1GS Paper-2 CSAT
Total Marks200200
Total no. of Questions10080
Negative MarkYesYes
Duration2 hours2 hours

Negative Marking

  • For Every correct answer, 2 marks will be given and for every wrong answer, 1/3rd of the total marks allocated to the question will be deducted i.e. 0.66 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • In CSAT Paper for every correct answer 2.5 marks will be given. Since in CSAT Paper, we have 200 marks for 80 questions, 0.833 marks for every wrong answer will be deducted.
  • Unattempted questions will not attract any negative marking.

Syllabus for GS 1

  • 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, and Climate Change- that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science

Syllabus for GS 2 CSAT

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal Skills including communication skills
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
  • Decision-making and Problem-solving
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic Numeracy(numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) ( Class X level). Data Interpretation( Graphs, charts, tables, data sufficiency, etc.- Class X level)
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