Before applying for IAS Exams, commonly known as the Civil Service Examination, every aspirant should go through the IAS syllabus and its exam pattern in detail. The IAS exam is conducted by UPSC every year and includes 3 stages:
- UPSC Prelims
- UPSC Mains
- Personality Test
This article will help you to know about the IAS exam dates and pattern for the year 2020. Important Dates For Upcoming IAS Exam:
The Commission has released the IAS exam dates on their official website. According to the official UPSC calendar, Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020 will be conducted on May 31, 2020 (Sunday). The Main Exam 2020 will start from September 18, 2020.
IAS Exam Pattern:
There have not been any changes in the IAS exam pattern in these recent years.
There are 3 stages of the examination:
- Stage I: Prelims
- Stage II: Mains
- Stage III: Personal interview/personality test
IAS prelims are of objective type and consist of two papers:
- Paper- I: General Studies
- Paper-II: Civil Service Aptitude Test
Each Paper is of 200 marks with a time span of 2 hours each. There is negative marking and for each incorrect answer, 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks of that question will be deducted.
IAS Mains is a written test and consists of 9 papers. To know about the nature and marks of the papers, refer to the table below:
|Nature of the paper||Marks|
|Qualifying papers||Paper A||300 marks|
|Paper B||300 marks|
|Merit papers||Paper 1||250 marks|
|Paper 2||250 marks|
|Paper 3||250 marks|
|Paper 4||250 marks|
|Paper 5||250 marks|
|Paper 6||250 marks|
|Paper 7||250 marks|
IAS Prelims Syllabus:
The questions in the IAS prelims are of the objective type or MCQs. The GS Paper-II is of qualifying nature and a minimum of 33 percent marks is required in this paper to qualify to the Mains.
The detailed IAS syllabus for the Prelims is listed below:
|General Studies (Paper 1)||Civil Service Aptitude Test (Paper 2)|
|Current events of national and international importance||Comprehension|
|History of India and Indian National Movement||Logical reasoning and analytical ability|
|Indian Polity and Governance Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, and Rights Issues||Decision-making and problem-solving|
|Economic and Social Development‐Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, and General issues on Environmental ecology||General mental ability|
|General Science||Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.)|
|Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World|
|Biodiversity and Climate Change|
IAS Mains Syllabus:
Out of the 9 papers in IAS mains, Paper-A and Paper–B are the papers, while the rest are considered for the final ranking.
To know more about the detailed syllabus and topics refer to the list below:
|IAS Mains Papers
|Paper A||Indian language(one of the languages to be selected from the languages included in the eight schedules to the constitution)||300 marks||3 hours|
|Paper B||Compulsory English||300 marks||3 hours|
|Paper 1||Essay||250 marks||3 hours|
|Paper 2||General Studies I (GS I): Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society||250 marks||3 hours|
|Paper 3||GS II: Governance, Constitution, Policy, Social Justice and International Relations||250 marks||3 hours|
|Paper 4||GS III: Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environmental security, and disaster management||250 marks||3 hours|
|Paper 5||GS IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude||250 marks||3 hours|
|Paper 6||Optional Paper I||250 marks||3 hours|
|Paper 7||Optional Paper-II||250 marks||3 hours|
Any candidate who clears both UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains as per the eligible cut-off marks qualify for a personal interview to check the personality traits of the candidates based on general knowledge, logical thinking, and situation-based questions.
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