UPSC IAS Syllabus 2020

UPSC Syllabus 2020

It is a good strategy for a serious candidate to understand the exam before start preparation, and to understand the candidates need to understand the exam syllabus of the exam. Same goes with the one of the most prestigious exam of the country i.e. UPSC IAS Exam 2020. Candidates must note that it is one of the toughest exam to crack as it require knowledge of every field. Here we present the UPSC Syllabus 2020 for UPSC IAS, IPS, IRS & IFS, candidates can check UPSC Syllabus before start preparing for any exam. The UPSC IAS Syllabus is set by the Union Public Service Commission.

This exam comprises of there stages namely Prelims, Mains and Interview. It is must noted that Prelims have two objective type (MCQ) exam, while the Mains is comprehensive which comprises nine subjective papers exam and in Interview tests the candidate intelligence, attentiveness, balance of judgement and human qualities like honesty, integrity and leadership are checked.

UPSC IAS Syllabus

UPSC IAS syllabus has been released along with the official notification for the Civil Service Exam on 12th February 2020. The UPSC IAS syllabus can be found at the UPSC official website or check the UPSC Syllabus PDF for both Prelims and Mains exam.

Stage Exam Name Type
Stage I Prelims Examination Objective Type
Stage II Mains Examination Descriptive Type
Stage III Personal Interview Personality Test

UPSC Prelims Syllabus: IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) Prelims exam is the first stage of the examination process. The Prelims exam comprises of two papers namely General Studies and CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test). The prelims exam is only qualifying in nature. UPSC use this stage to weed out the non serious candidates. Candidates need to score atleast 33% and also the cut off as decided by the UPSC. Check UPSC Prelims Syllabus:

UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Exam Analysis for GS Paper 1 and Exam Review 2020

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern: IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS

Before going to the UPSC Syllabus 2020, candidates must have a look at the exam pattern of the UPSC CSE (Civil Service Examination) exam.

Let's have a look at the UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern:

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Pattern
Paper Subjects Marks No. of Question Duration
I General Studies (GS) 200 100 2 hours (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
II CSAT 200 80 2 hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

UPSC IAS Prelims Answer Key 2020



UPSC Prelims Paper-wise Syllabus

UPSC provides the brief UPSC syllabus 2020 for the CSE exam. Candidates can check the General Studies (Paper I) syllabus of Prelims examination in the subsequent bullet points.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus: General Studies (Paper I)

Let's have a look at the UPSC Prelims Syllabus:

UPSC CSE CSAT (Paper II) Syllabus

Candidates can check the IAS Prelims CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) Syllabus in the bullet points given below.

Check: UPSC IAS, IPS, IRS & IFS Salary

UPSC Mains Syllabus: IAS, IRS, IFS, IPS

Only after successfully clearing the cut off marks of the prelims exam, candidates would be allowed to write the Mains exam. It is the scoring and rank deciding stage of the exam process. The Mains exam tests the candidate’s academic knowledge and their ability to present the understanding according to the requirements of the question in a time-bound manner. The Mains exam comprises of nine papers. Candidates can check the UPSC Mains Syllabus and Exam Pattern in the table below.

Register Yourself to Get Free UPSC IAS Study Material

UPSC IAS Mains Exam Pattern

Before going to the Syllabus, candidates are advised to have a look on the UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

UPSC IAS Mains Exam Pattern
Paper Subject Duration Maximum Marks Nature
Paper A Any Indian language 3 Hours 300 (25% For Qualifying) Qualifying Only
Paper B English Paper 3 Hours 300 (25% for Qualifying) Qualifying Only
Paper I Essay 3 Hours 250 Scoring
Paper II General Studies I 3 Hours 250 Scoring
Paper III General Studies II 3 Hours 250 Scoring
Paper IV General Studies III 3 Hours 250 Scoring
Paper V General Studies IV 3 Hours 250 Scoring
Paper VI Optional I 3 Hours 250 Scoring
Paper VII Optional II 3 Hours 250 Scoring


UPSC IAS Mains Optional Subjects List
Agriculture Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Anthropology Botany Chemistry
Civil Engineering Commerce and Accountancy Economics Electrical Engineering Geography
Statistics Sociology Physics Philosophy Medical Science
Political Science and International Relations Public Administration Psychology Mechanical Engineering Mathematics
Zoology Geology History Management Law
Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi,Nepali,Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu,Urdu and English.

UPSC IAS Mains Subject-wise Syllabus

Structure of the language papers

The structure of language papers i.e., "Paper A" and "Paper B" is explained below. Candidates have to select any one language from the Eight schedule of the Indian Constitution which are given in the table below. The second language paper is fix i.e, English. Candidates have to clear both language. Candidates have to use the correspond script for the language as mentioned in the table below.

Languages And Script
Language Script Language Script
Assamese Assamese Bengali Bengali
Gujarati Gujarati Hindi Devanagari
Kannada Kannada Kashmiri Persian
Bodo Devanagari Konkani Devanagari
Malayalam Malayalam Manipuri Bengali
Marathi Devanagari Nepali Devanagari
Odia Odia Punjabi Gurumukhi
Sanskrit Devanagari Tamil Tamil
Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic Telugu Telugu
Urdu Persian Maithilli Devanagari
Santhali Devanagari or Olchiki Dogri Devanagari

Note: For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script, but the candidates are free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

UPSC IAS Syllabus Questions asked in both language papers are:

Candidates can check the UPSC IAS General Studies Papers Syllabus below. The syllabus tell us what to study and what not to study for the exam. The syllabus of all the four General Studies papers is given below. Each paper hold 250 marks out of 1750. The total marks of General Studies papers is 1000 marks. Candidates must prepare well for these paper as they are hold good marks in the final merit list.

UPSC Mains Syllabus: General Studies I

This is the first General Studies papers. This paper is all about the History, Heritage, Geography and Culture of the World and Society. Candidates can check the main points of the General Studies I syllabus below as described by the commission.

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society:

UPSC Mains Syllabus: General Studies II

The Mains General Studies II papers have questions related to the Polity, Governance, Constitution, Social Justice and Interrelations. Candidates can check the syllabus below.

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations:

UPSC Mains Syllabus: General Studies III

UPSC Mains General Studies III is all about the Science, Technology, Economics, Defense, Disaster Management and Nature. This paper can ask questions from every aspects of life, new development in any sphere of life.

Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management:

UPSC Mains Syllabus: General Studies IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude: This paper includes questions to check the candidate attitude and approach towards the issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and their problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by them while dealing with society. Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects and covers area

Candidates can check the syllabus of the Optional Paper in the official PDF, the link of which is given below.

UPSC IAS Interview Test

Candidates who qualify the UPSC Exam Mains Exam are called for the ‘Interview’ Test. Candidates are interviewed by a Board appointed by the UPSC.

UPSC IAS Salary, Emoluments, Perks

UPSC CSE offer the most lucrative job salary, perks and emoluments in the country. No other jobs in India offer such kind of salary in the country. Candidates can check the salary perks and emoluments by clicking on the link given below.

UPSC CSE Syllabus FAQs

1. Is the Prelims and UPSC Mains Syllabus different?

Candidates must note that every stage have different syllabus, check the UPSC IAS Syllabus here.

2. Is an attempt at the Civil Service (Prelims) Examination (CSP) counted as an attempt at the Civil Service Examination (CSE) ?

An attempt at any paper in the Prelims Examination is counted as an attempt in the UPSC Civil Service Examination

3. What is the scheme of Civil Services (Prelims) Examination?

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

4. Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at graduate/ post graduate level?

Yes, Candidates can select any langugage from the given list. Candidates can check the list in the article.

5. Which is the language / medium of question papers?

The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) are set in bilingual i.e. Hindi and English only.