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How to download the UPSC Syllabus?


The Union Public Service Commission releases the UPSC Syllabus on its official website. Also, the UPSC 2022 syllabus for both preliminary & main examinations is mentioned in the detailed notification released by the commission. Therefore, the candidates who are going to write the UPSC exam should be familiar with the syllabus to prepare for all the topics that can be asked in the exam.

As per the UPSC Exam Pattern, the UPSC prelims exam consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carries a maximum of 400 marks whereas the UPSC mains exam consists of 9 papers of conventional essay type. The UPSC Mains exam carries 1750 marks and the interview/personality test carries 275 marks. For the ease of the candidates, we have shared below the steps to download an overview of the complete UPSC 2022 syllabus for the preliminary & main exams.

How to Download UPSC Syllabus?

Follow the steps shared below to download the syllabus of the UPSC exam and prepare only those topics that are important from the exam perspective.

Step 1 Go to the official UPSC website.

Step 2 Click on “Download UPSC Notification 2022” under the “What’s New” tab on the homepage.

Step 3 Read the notification carefully and you will find the Syllabus section on it.

Step 4 Download the UPSC 2022 Syllabus Notification PDF for future reference.

UPSC Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

Candidates should check out the UPSC exam syllabus PDF for the preliminary exam to cover all the topics to score high marks in this round. Thus, the UPSC prelims exam syllabus is shared below for reference purposes.

SubjectUPSC Prelims Syllabus
Paper ICurrent events of national and international importance.  Indian Polity and GovernanceIndian and World GeographyEconomic and Social DevelopmentHistory of India and Indian National Movement.General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate ChangeGeneral Science.
Paper IIComprehensionInterpersonal skills including communication skillsBasic numeracyDecision-making and problem-solvingGeneral mental abilityLogical reasoning and analytical abilityData interpretation

UPSC Syllabus for Main Exam

Check out the UPSC exam syllabus PDF for the main exam discussed below and study all the topics to score the best marks in the mains exam and get shortlisted for the next round i.e Interview/Personality Test round. Hence, the UPSC Main exam syllabus is shared below for reference purposes.

SubjectUPSC Main Syllabus
Indian and English LanguageComprehension of given passages.Precise Writing.Usage and Vocabulary.Short Essays.Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.
General Studies-IIndian cultureModern Indian HistorySalient features of Indian SocietyThe Freedom StruggleEffects of globalization on Indian societyPost-independence consolidationHistory of the worldRole of women and women’s organizationSalient features of the world’s physical geography, etc.
General Studies- IIIndian ConstitutionFunctions and responsibilities of the Union and the StatesStatutory, regulatory, and various quasi-judicial bodiesIssues relating to poverty and hunger.Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countriesParliament and State legislaturesSalient features of the Representation of People’s ActIndia and its neighborhood- relationsRole of civil services in a democracyDevelopment processes and the development industry, etc.
General Studies-IIIIndian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, etc.Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.Land reforms in IndiaInfrastructureInvestment modelsMajor crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the countryGovernment Budgeting.Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support pricesFood processing and related industries in IndiaScience and TechnologyDisaster and disaster management.Security challenges and their management in border areasVarious Security forces, etc.
General Studies- IVEthics and Human InterfaceAttitudeEmotional intelligenceProbity in GovernanceAptitude and foundational valuesContributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the worldPublic/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration, etc
Optional Subject Papers I & IICandidate may select any optional subject from amongst the list of optional subjects as shared below: AgricultureAnimal Husbandry and Veterinary ScienceCommerce and AccountancyEconomicsBotanyAnthropologyChemistryCivil EngineeringManagementPsychologyMathematicsElectrical EngineeringGeographyPolitical Science and International Relations GeologyHistoryLawPhilosophyPhysics Mechanical EngineeringMedical ScienceStatisticsPublic AdministrationSociologyZoologyLiterature of any one of the prescribed languages.

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