Syllabus for Paper 1:
  • Current events (National and International)
  • History of India
  • Geography of the world (Physical, Social, Economic)
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution,Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development
  • General Issues (Environmental Ecology, Bio-Diversity, Climate change etcs.)
  • General Science

Syllabus for Paper 2:
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic Numeracy
  • Data Interpretation
  • Comprehension Skill (English)
  • Qualifying Papers - Not counted for final ranking: Paper A
    Indian Language - Syllabus. (One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This paper will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.) 300 Marks.
    Languages in IAS language paper
    Paper B
    English Language - Syllabus . 300 Marks.

    The pattern of questions in the qualifying Indian Language Paper would be broadly as follows:

    • Comprehension of given passages.
    • Precis Writing
    • Usage and Vocabulary.
    • Short Essay
    • Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.

    Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
    1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
    2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
    3. The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
    4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
    5. History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars,redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism,capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
    6. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
    7. Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
    8. Effects of globalization on Indian society
    9. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
    10. Salient features of world's physical geography.
    11. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent)
    12. factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
    13. Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc.,geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
    Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
    1. Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
    2. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
    3. India and its neighborhood- relations.
    4. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
    5. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
    6. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
    7. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
    8. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
    9. Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
    10. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
    11. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
    12. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
    13. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
    Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
    1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
    2. Government Budgeting.
    3. Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
    4. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
    5. Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
    6. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
    7. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
    8. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
    9. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
    10. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
    11. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
    12. Disaster and disaster management.
    13. Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
    14. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
    15. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
    Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude.
    1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values - lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
    2. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
    3. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
    4. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
    5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
    6. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
    7. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
    8. Case Studies on above issues.

    Paper-VI: Optional Subject - Paper 1 - 250 Marks.
    Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper 2 - 250 Marks.
    These are the optional subjects from which you can choose your preference:
    • Agriculture
    • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
    • Botany
    • Chemistry
    • Civil Engineering
    • Commerce
    • Economics
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Indian History
    • Law
    • Management
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Medical Science
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Public Administration
    • Sociology
    • Statistics
    • Zoology
    • Anthropology
    • Assamese
    • Bengali
    • Chinese
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Gujarati
    • Hindi
    • Kannada
    • Kashmiri
    • Konkani
    • Malayalam
    • Manipuri
    • Marathi
    • Nepali
    • Oriya
    • Punjabi
    • Russian
    • Sanskrit
    • Sindhi
    • Tamil
    • Telugu
    • Urdu