Syllabus for IAS Prelims 2019

Syllabus for IAS prelims exam

In the CSE (Civil Service examination), Preliminary Examination is the first stage, known as the screening stage, in the UPSC exam. Primarily known as the CSAT (Civil service Aptitude Test), which was introduced in the 2011. Obtaining the requisite score is the determining factor to move to the next step in preparation for the UPSC mains.

Find the syllabus for IAS Prelims Exam 

General studies-Paper 1 CSAT -Paper 2
Current events both National and International Comprehension
India and Indian National Movement History Interpersonal skills which includes communication skills
World and Indian Geography: Economic, Social, and Physical Analytical Abilities and Logical reasoning
Governance and Indian Polity: Political system, constitution, Public Policy, Issues of Rights etc… Decision making and problem solving
Social and economic Development: Poverty, Demographics, Sustainable Development, social sector Initiatives etc General mental ability
General issues concerning Environmental Ecology, Climatic change or Bio- diversity Basic Mathematics (consisting of Number and its relation etc… of CL X level) and Data Interpretation (consisting of charts, graphs, tables etc… of CL X level).

The details of the Prelims syllabus 2019 are mentioned below:

Papers Subjects  


No. Of Questions expected Total No. Of Question Total Marks allocated


Duration And Type
Paper 1  























2 hrs/


Geography 10
Polity 13
Economy 18
Science and tech 10
Environment 13
Current affairs and Misc. 14
Paper 2  











Comprehension 27 80 200
Basic Numeracy 30
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning 23
General Mental Ability
Mode Offline
Nature Qualifying
Marking Scheme Negative marking

Important Notes:

  1. A minimum of 33 % is required to be qualified for the mains in Paper 2.
  2. Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are mandatory for all the candidates, for the purpose of evaluation. If a candidate does not appear both the papers, one is disqualified.

Both the papers are of multiple choice and Objective.

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