Before going into detailed analysis of every aspect of the syllabus, here we will be providing you a general overview of the UPSC IAS Prelims Examination. We have shared detailed syllabus and strategy in the respective sections of both the papers General studies (paper-1) and CSAT (Paper-2).

The UPSC IAS Prelims Examination comprises of two Papers of 200 marks each.

  • General Studies – Paper I
  • CSAT – Paper II
1. General Studies (Paper I)100200
2. CSAT (Paper II)80200
  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (Multiple Choice Questions).
  • Both the question papers are held on the same day. Day, date, time is prescribed in UPSC notification as well as in admit cards.
  • The cutoff is prepared only on the basis of General Studies (Paper I). It varies year to year on basis of difficulty level of paper. E.g. In 2016, cutoff for General Candidates was 116 while in 2017 it is supposed to be around 108 (not officially declared yet)
  • CSAT (Paper II) is only of qualifying nature. One has to secure 33% marks i.e. 67 out of 200. Though it seems easy but many aspirants have failed CSAT (Paper-2) this year (2017)including aspirants from the engineering background. This is a caution that CSAT paper can’t be taken for granted. One must keep in touch with Aptitude and reasoning otherwise a silly mistake can make one wait for one more year.
  • The question papers are set in both languages i.e. Hindi and English.
  • There is negative marking in both the papers.The negative marking for incorrect answers will be 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks(2) for that question. So, one must avoid unnecessary guess marking.

Introduction to the syllabus

  1. In the First paper– General Studies, questions will be asked from Current Affairs, Geography, Polity. History, Economy, Science & Technology, and Environment & Ecology. The cutoff is set on the basis of marks of this paper only.
  2. In the Second Paper– CSAT, questions will be asked from Aptitude, Reasoning, Comprehension, Decision-Making (Qualifying with 33% marks).

We have provided the detailed syllabus and strategy of both the papers in their respective sections.


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