IAS Syllabus 2020: Exam Dates & Pattern

IAS-Syllabus-2020
IAS-Syllabus-2020

Before applying for IAS Exams, commonly known as the Civil Service Examination, every aspirant should go through the IAS syllabus and its exam pattern in detail. The IAS exam is conducted by UPSC every year and includes 3 stages:

  1. UPSC Prelims
  2. UPSC Mains
  3. Personality Test

This article will help you to know about the IAS exam dates and pattern for the year 2020.

IAS-Syllabus-2020
IAS-Syllabus-2020

Important Dates For Upcoming IAS Exam

The Commission has released the IAS exam dates on their official website.  According to the official UPSC calendar, Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020 will be conducted on May 31, 2020 (Sunday). The Main Exam 2020 will start from September 18, 2020.

IAS Exam Pattern

There have not been any changes in the IAS exam pattern in these recent years.

There are 3 stages of the examination:

  1. Stage I: Prelims
  2. Stage II: Mains
  3. Stage III: Personal interview/personality test

IAS prelims are of objective type and consist of two papers:

Each paper is of 200 marks with a time span of 2 hours each. There is negative marking and for each incorrect answer, 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks of that question will be deducted.

IAS Mains is a written test and consists of 9 papers.  To know about the nature and marks of the papers, refer to the table below:

Nature of the paper

Marks

Qualifying papers

Paper A

300 marks

Paper B

300 marks

Merit papers

Paper 1

250 marks

Paper 2

250 marks

Paper 3

250 marks

Paper 4

250 marks

Paper 5

250 marks

Paper 6

250 marks

Paper 7

250 marks

IAS Prelims Syllabus

 The questions in the IAS prelims are of the objective type or MCQs. The GS Paper-II is of qualifying nature and a minimum of 33 percent marks is required in this paper to qualify to the Mains.

The detailed IAS syllabus for the Prelims is listed below:

General Studies (Paper 1)

Civil Service Aptitude Test (Paper 2)

Current events of national and international importance

Comprehension

History of India and Indian National Movement

Logical reasoning and analytical ability

Indian Polity and Governance Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, and Rights Issues

Decision-making and problem-solving

Economic and Social Development‐Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, and General issues on Environmental ecology

General mental ability

General Science

Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.)

Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

 

Biodiversity and Climate Change

 

IAS Mains Syllabus

Out of the 9 papers in IAS mains, Paper-A and Paper–B  are the papers, while the rest are considered for the final ranking.

To know more about the detailed syllabus and topics refer to the list below:

IAS Mains Papers

 

Subjects

Marks

Time Period

 

 

 

Qualifying Papers

Paper A

Indian language(one of the languages to be selected from the languages included in the eight schedules to the constitution)

300 marks

3 hours

 

Paper B

Compulsory English

300 marks

3 hours

 

 

 

 

Merit Papers

Paper 1

Essay

250 marks

3 hours

 

Paper 2

General Studies I (GS I): Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

250 marks

3 hours

 

Paper 3

GS II: Governance, Constitution, Policy, Social Justice and International Relations

250 marks

3 hours

 

Paper 4

GS III: Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environmental security and disaster management

250 marks

3 hours

 

Paper 5

GS IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

250 marks

3 hours

 

Paper 6

Optional Paper I

250 marks

3 hours

 

Paper 7

Optional Paper-II

250 marks

3 hours

 

Any candidate who clears both UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains as per the eligible cut-off marks qualify for a personal interview to check the personality traits of the candidates based on general knowledge, logical thinking and situation-based questions.

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