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IAS Syllabus 2017–2018 Download (Preliminary & Mains) Exam Syllabi PDF

IAS Syllabus

Are you preparing for Indian Administrative Services Preliminary & Mains Exam? Then must check this page as union public service commission has made some changes in IAS Syllabus. So candidates who want to score good marks and crack these examinations shall download Preliminary & Mains Exam Syllabi PDF by tapping to the direct link mentioned below. Candidates can also visit to official website of union public service commission that is upsc.gov.in for more detailed information. Candidates may scroll down this page to get complete details regarding IAS Syllabus 2017.

This page includes:

Preliminary Exam SyllabusList of optional subjects
Mains Exam SyllabusAbout exam
Preliminary Exam PatternAbout IAS
Mains Exam PatternInterview Test
Exam Preparation TipsInterview Preparation Tips


Candidates who want to garb government sector job and also applied against IAS Officer Vacancy must download Union public service commission IAS Syllabus and Exam Pattern. This syllabus will help candidates to crack exam as Indian administrative services exam are very difficult to qualify. So to capture more details regarding IAS Syllabus 2017–2018 candidate may go through below section o0f this page made by dedicated team members of www.recruitmentinboxx.com.

IAS Syllabus

In the below section of this page, we are giving IAS Prelims Syllabus and IAS Mains Syllabus. Please have a look below:.

IAS Preliminary Exam

Preliminary Exam consist 2 papers i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2 for which detailed syllabus is presented here:

Paper 1:

  • History of India and Indian national movement
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization General Science.
  • Indian and world geography- Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian politics and governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Current events of national and international importance
  • Economic and social development Ecology- – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.

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Paper 2:

  • Comprehension
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • General mental ability
  • English language comprehension skills
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).

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IAS Main Exam

In the beneath segment of this page, we are providing IAS Syllabus for main exam. Main examination consist 2 paper i.e. paper A and paper B. In paper A, there are 2 parts and In Paper B there is 7 parts.

  • Paper A:

Paper I Any Indian Language

In this, candidates have to choose one language from Languages which included in Eighth Schedule of Constitution. This exam is not compulsory for candidates who are from States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Paper II: English

Purpose of this paper is to test candidate’s skills to read and understand serious discursive prose and to express his thoughts correctly, in English and concerned Indian Language.

Pattern of questions would be mostly as follows:-

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary

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  • Paper B:
IIIEssayCandidates will require writing an essay on a specific topic. Choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to topic of essay to assemble their ideas in orderly and to write in brief.
IVGeneral Studies 1(Indian Heritage/Culture, World History & Geography)

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
VGeneral Studies 2(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)

  •  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
VIGeneral Studies 3(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management)

  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
VIIGeneral Studies 4(Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
VIII and IXOptional 1 (Of your choice)/ Optional 2 (Of your choice)
  • Botany, Economics, General Studies, Geography, Management, Philosophy, Public Administration
  • Agriculture, Chemistry, Medical science, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Sociology, Statistics, Law, Essays, Commerce & Accountancy and Psychology

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List of Optional Subjects for IAS Main Exam 2017

Civil Services Mains generally conducts in the month of October and November. IAS Exam Syllabus 2017 for Mains stage consists of the following optional papers.

IAS Mains Optional Papers

General StudiesElectrical Engineering
Public AdministrationLaw
ChemistryCommerce & Accountancy
Medical SciencePsychology

 IAS Exam Pattern

In beneath segment of this page, you can check examination pattern of Indian Administrative Service Exam. According to this paper pattern you can know about the weightage of subject.

IAS exam is divided into in three parts.

  • Preliminary exam
  • Main exam (written and interview)
  • Interview

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Preliminary Exam:

The IAS Prelims Exam Pattern consists of following subjects and marks. In preliminary Examination the questions will be of objective (MCQ) type. The question paper will be presented both in English & Hindi language. There will be negative marking 1/3 marks for every wrong answer.

PaperSubjectsTotal MarksDuration
IGeneral Studies2002 hours
IIAptitude Skills2002 hours

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Main Exam:

Candidates who will qualify the prelims examination they will be eligible for the main examination. This Examination follows the below provided examination pattern.

Name of PaperSubjectsTotal Marks
Paper-AModern Indian Language. (Qualifying Paper)300
Paper-BEnglish (Qualifying Paper)300
Paper-IIGeneral studies-I250
Paper-IIIGeneral studies-II250
Paper-IVGeneral studies-III250
Paper-VGeneral studies-IV250
Paper-VIOptional Subject (Paper-1)250
Paper-VIIOptional Subject (Paper-2)250

 Interview Test:

Candidates who qualify in the Preliminary and Main Examination are able to attend the interview. Candidate can give preference of the language in which they may like to be interviewed. Marks set for the Interview is 275.

Read Out: IAS Interview Questions Answers

IAS Question Answer

Year IAS Model Paper in PDF
2016General Studies Paper I
General Studies Paper II
2015General Studies Paper – I
General Studies Paper – II

Important Facts about IAS:

IAS is also known as Indian Administrative Service exam, which is one of toughest exams conducted by union public service commission. IAS is one of the highest designations offered by Government of India. Also those, who are appointed for this service, get high prestige and good salary. So, candidates who want to become an IAS must check IAS Syllabus and exam pattern to crack exam easily.

Indian Administrative Service Exam:

Indian Administrative Service exam is organized every year on national level. This Exam is also known as Civil Services Examination as huge number of candidates applies for this examination. After qualifying this examination, qualified candidates get the prestigious positions in Union Government, States Government and public sector undertakings (PSUs). Before the final appointment, qualified candidates have to undergo a training which is provided by the particular government department.

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IAS Exam Preparation Tips:

Candidates must follow these exam preparation guidelines to score good marks:

  • First of all candidates must check exam syllabus and pattern either from official website or by tapping to direct link mentioned above. Candidates can also go through this page completely for relevant information.
  • After that candidate must make notes of important topics or topics with high weightage.
  • Now candidate must make time table and follow that time table to score good marks.
  • Candidate shall also make small tricks to solve numerical problems.
  • Candidate can take help from his/her relatives/friends/siblings/guardians/teachers for any doubt.
  • Candidate must do thorough revision of important topics before commencement of exam.
  • Candidate must solve previous year question papers and online mock test papers.
  • Candidate do not cram any topic just prepare it practically.
  • Candidate must follow proper diet plan.
  • Candidate must study in early morning or late at night.
  • Candidate must reach examination hall 20 minutes before commencement of exam.

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Interview Preparation Tips:

To crack interview round, candidate should follow the following interview preparation tips:

  • Candidate must be bold, confident and positive. This will make good impression of candidate.
  • Candidate must re read his/her curriculum vitae as any question related to his/her curriculum vitae has been asked.
  • Candidate must know each and everything about the organization for which he/she is going to give vacancy interview.
  • Candidate must know how to present himself/herself in front of interviewer.
  • Candidate must have knowledge of qualification he/she pursue.
  • Candidate must not put anything on interviewer table. It will put bad impression on them.
  • Candidate always put a smile on his/her face during interview round.
  • Candidate must not stare at interviewer.
  • Candidate must not say no to anything.

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    • Hii Raju niogi,
      Yes, married people can apply for IAS Exam.

      Age For Gen Category: Above 21 years and not more than 30 years.
      OR OBC : 21-33 YEARS
      FOR SC/ST : 21-35 YEARS

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