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UPSC Civil Services (CSE) Syllabus 2020

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UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Syllabus Details

Organization Name
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)


Name of the Examination
Civil Service Exam

No. of. Vacancies
782 (Approximately)

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020 Date
31st May 2020


UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Date
04th August 2020


Official Website


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Union Public Service Commission CSE Exam Pattern 2020

UPSC Civil Services Selection Procedure:

Marks Allocated

Preliminary Examination

Mains Examination

Personal Interview

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020 – Exam Pattern:

Subject Name
No. of. Marks
Duration of Examination

General Ability Test (GAT)
02 Hours
(120 minutes)

Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT)
02 Hours
(120 minutes)



NOTE: 20 minutes extra time for Blind Candidates & Candidate with Locomotor Disability & Cerebral Palsy [minimum 40% impairment]
UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Pattern:

No. of. Marks
Duration of Examination

Essay Paper
03 Hours (180 Minutes)

General Studies I
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)
03 Hours (180 Minutes)

General Studies II
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
03 Hours (180 Minutes)

General Studies III
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
03 Hours (180 Minutes)

General Studies IV
(Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)
03 Hours (180 Minutes)

Optional Subject Paper I
03 Hours (180 Minutes)

Optional Subject Paper II
03 Hours (180 Minutes)


Union Public Service Commission Civil Service Exam Syllabus 2020  

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Syllabus
Paper-I – General Ability Test (GAT):

Current events of national and international importance.
History of India and Indian National Movement.
Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
Indian Polity and Governance:


Political System
Panchayati Raj
Public Policy
Rights Issues, etc.

Economic and Social Development:

Sustainable Development, Poverty
Social Sector initiatives, etc.

General issues on Environmental Ecology
Climate Change
Events and Happening of National Importance
Impact of Geography in the country
Governance and Constitutional Structure
Current Issues faced by the country
Research and Development
Scientific Developments

Paper-II – Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT):

Interpersonal skills including communication skills
Decision-making and problem solving
General mental ability
Basic numeracy
Logical Reasoning
Problem Solving Capacity
Interpersonal Skills
Numerical Ability
Analytical Skills
Antonyms  / Synonyms
Data Interpretation.

UPSC Civil Services Mains Syllabus
UPSC Civil Services Syllabus – General Studies I

History of India – Ancient and Modern
Significant changes in Architecture, Literature, etc.
Geographical Significance
Notable events in World History
Modern Indian history
The Freedom Struggle
Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.— their forms and effect on the society.
Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
Effects of globalization on Indian society.
Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
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.


UPSC Civil Services Syllabus – General Studies II

Constitution of India
Constitutional Analysis of the world
Parliament and Legislatures
Key issues faced by the nation and solutions
Welfare Schemes by the Government
Department and Structures in Government
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
Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.
Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
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.
Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
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.
Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
Important aspects of governance, transparency, and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
Role of civil services in a democracy.
India and its neighbourhood- relations.
Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
Important International institutions, agencies, and fora – their structure, mandate.


UPSC Civil Services Syllabus – General Studies III

Indian Economy
Research and Development
Information Technology
Environmental Studies
Achievements in various fields
Security Challenges
Industrial Growth
Infrastructural developments
Issues relating to planning, mobilization, resources, growth, development, and employment.
Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
Government Budgeting.
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.
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.
Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
Land reforms in India.
Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
Investment models.
Science and technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
Conservation, environmental pollution, and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
Disaster and disaster management.
Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cybersecurity money-laundering and its prevention.
Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.


UPSC Civil Services Syllabus – General Studies-IV

Ethics in Public Administration
Emotional Intelligence
Behavioural Analysis
Functional Values
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; the role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
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.
Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
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.
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.
Case Studies

UPSC CSE Optional Subjects (Paper-I & Paper-II):

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Civil Engineering
Commerce and Accountancy
Electrical Engineering
Indian History
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science
Political Science and International Relations
Public Administration

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