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All You Need To Know About UPSC 2018 Exam

UPSC 2018 is coming up and applicants have already started preparing for the 3 stages of exams, applying for the various positions available such as IPS, IAS officers and other government positions. UPSC stands for the Union Public Service Commission and it is the central acting agency, responsible for recruiting potential candidates for All India Services. Acting as the central personnel agency, the Department of Personnel and Training has to setup appointments to group A and group B of central services.

The UPSC exam is divided into 3 stages:

  1. Civil Services Preliminary Exams
  2. Civil Services Main Exams
  3. Civil Services Interview

Let us have a closer look at each of these stages and look at the UPSC syllabus for each of them:

  1. Civil Services Preliminary Exams: The preliminary exams are used as a method to qualify for the main exam. It consists of 2 two papers; General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II. The questions are multiple choice and are objective type questions. The minimum passing criteria for the prelim exam is 33% in General Studies Paper I and the overall qualifying marks of the General Studies Paper I.

The UPSC syllabus for paper-I is:

  1. Knowledge of events of national and national importance.
  2. Indian National movement and the history of India
  3. Geographical knowledge of India and the World- Physical, Social and the Economic Geography of the World.
  4. Governance of India- Rights Issues, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Political System and Constitution.
  5. Development on a Social and Economic Level- Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, Inclusion and Sustainable Development.
  6. General Science and Knowledge
  7. Issues concerning the environment, Biodiversity and Climate Change


The syllabus for Paper-II is:

  1. Comprehension and interpreting skills
  2. Communication skills including Interpersonal skills
  3. Analytical ability and logical reasoning
  4. Problem solving and Decision making skills
  5. Basic Science

UPSC Syllabus for the Civil Services Main Exam is listed below; the candidates are judged on the basis of the marks scored in the main exam and the interview. The main exam has 1750 marks and the interview has 275 marks. There are 9 papers to be written, out of which the language papers (English and one Indian Language) will not be considered for the final evaluation of marks.

The syllabus for the Civil Services Main Exam is:

  1. Paper I- Essay- Syllabus- 250 marks
  2. Paper-II- General Studies- I- 250 marks and the subjects are: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the world and society
  3. Paper-III- General Studies- II- 250 marks and the subjects are: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations
  4. Paper-IV- General Studies-III- 250 marks and the subjects are: Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
  5. Paper-V- General Studies IV- Syllabus- 250 marks and the subjects are: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.
  6. Paper-VI- Optional Studies-250 marks
  7. Paper-VII- Optional Studies-250 marks

UPSC 2018- Civil Services Interview

       Apart from the written exams a candidate also has to be interviewed by a Board, who will ask him/her questions pertaining to his career and general matters. The board consists of unbiased yet extremely competent members who shall be assessing the general mental fortitude of the candidate. Some of the qualities the members would be looking for are mental awareness, powers of assimilation, balance of judgement, depth of interest and ability to be socially cohesive.
       The purpose of the interview is not to confront or scare the candidates, but it’s to get an understanding of the nature and personality of the candidate.
       Candidates are expected to not only have subject knowledge but should also be aware of the important events happening around them and on a global scale as well. In short, a candidate should be culturally aware of their surroundings.

Thus, this concludes all the information about the upcoming UPSC 2018 exam. Good luck!

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