Syllabus : General Studies for Civil Services Examinations

PART A : Preliminary Examination
General Science.
Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of science including matters of everyday observation and experience, as may be expected of a well educated person who has not made a special study of any particular scientific discipline.
Current events of national and international importance
In current events, knowledge of significant national and international events will be tested.
History of India and Indian National Movement
In History of India, emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. Questions on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence.
Indian and World Geography
In Geography, emphasis will be on Geography of India. Questions on the Geography of India will relate to physical, social and economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources.
Indian Polity and Economy
Questions on Indian Polity and Economy will test knowledge of the country’s political system and Constitution of India, Panchayati Raj, Social Systems and economic developments in India.
General Mental Ability
On general mental ability, the candidates will be tested on reasoning and analytical abilities.

PART B : Main Examination

General Guidelines:
The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

PAPER – I
1. History of Modern India and Indian Culture
The History of Modern India will cover history of the Country from about the middle of nineteenth century and would also include questions on important personalities who shaped the freedom movement and social reforms. The part relating to Indian culture will cover all aspects of Indian culture from the ancient to modern times as well as principal features of literature, arts and architecture.
2. Geography of India
In this part, questions will be on the physical, economic and social geography of India.

3. Constitution of India and Indian Polity
This part will include questions on the Constitution of India as well as all constitutional, legal, administrative and other issues emerging from the politico-administrative system prevalent in the country.

4. Current National Issues and Topics of Social Relevance
This part is intended to test the candidate’s awareness of current national issues and topics of social relevance in present-day India, such as the following:

  1. The Indian economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  2. Issues arising from the social and economic exclusion of large sections from the benefits of development.
  3. Other issues relating to the development and management of human resource.
  4. Health issues including the management of Public Health, Health education and ethical concerns regarding health-care, medical research and pharmaceuticals.
  5. Law enforcement, internal security and related issues such as the preservation of communal harmony.
  6. Issues relating to good governance and accountability to the citizens including the maintenance of human rights, and of probity in public life.
  7. Environmental issues, ecological preservation, conservation of natural resources and national heritage.

PAPER – II

A: India and the World :

This part will include questions to test candidate’s awareness of India’s relationship with the world in various spheres such as the following:

  1. Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighbouring countries and in the region.
  2. Security and defence related matters.
  3. Nuclear policy, issues, and conflicts.
  4. The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and the world.

B. India’s Economic Interaction with the World

In this part, questions will be on economic and trade issues such as foreign trade, foreign investment; economic and diplomacy issues relating to oil, gas and energy flows; the role and functions of I.M.F., World Bank, W.T.O., WIPO etc. which influence India’s economic interaction with other countries and international institutions.

C. Developments in the Field of Science & Technology, IT and space :
In this part, questions will test the candidate’s awareness of the developments in the field of science and technology, information technology, space and basic ideas about computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and related issues regarding intellectual property rights.

D. International Affairs and Institutions
This part will include questions on important events in world affairs and on international institutions.

E. Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams
This part will test the candidate’s ability to draw conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to interpret them.

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    Dharam(IAS Aspirant)