Get details of UPSC Prelims General Studies Important Topics for 2019. Prelims exam is the first stage in civil services or IAS examination which is conducted by UPSC. Stage one in UPSC, Preliminary examination is a qualifying test advertised in May and held in August every year, Results will be published in mid-October. We had already provided UPSC Prelims Notification 2017. Also Read the UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern & Prelims exam structure for 2017 exam. For the preparation of UPSC civil services prelims exam qualities like a sharp memory and basic retention power and proper strategy is needed. Having an idea of important topics is also a strategy which helps in cracking your prelims exams.

UPSC Prelims General Studies Important Topics

Before going to see the important topics, lets have a look at some basic things like UPSC Exam Notification, Eligibility & Syllabus for UPSC Prelims General Studies Exam.

UPSC Exam Eligibility Details

Nationality:

  • For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For the Indian Revenue Service, a candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam  with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • For other services, a candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

Educational Qualification:

For appearing in the exam, a degree of graduation in any stream from any university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is required. Candidates who have appeared in the qualifying exam and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply, provided they submit the certificate of qualification along with the mark sheet to the UPSC before the main exam.

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A candidate applying for IFS exam must possess a bachelor’s degree in one of the following: animal husbandry and veterinary science, botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, statistics and zoology, or a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, forestry or engineering from a recognized university.

For more details about ELigibility check here: UPSC Exam Eligibility Criteria for Civil Services

UPSC Notification

Click here for UPSC Notification 2019 – Exam dates, Fee Last date details

UPSC General Studies Syllabus

  1. Current events of national and international importance.
  2. History of India and Indian national movement.
  3. Indian and World Geography- physical, social, economic geography of India and the world
  4. Indian Polity and governance – constitution, political system, panchayati raj, public policy, Rights issues, etc.
  5. Economic and social development – sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.
  6. General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change-that do not require subject specialization.
  7. General science.

UPSC Prelims General Studies Important Topics

Here’s a list of topics suggested by the experts that can help you score more:

Indian independence movement with focus on the following:
1. Important congress sessions with year, president and important resolutions
2. Important viceroys and their tenure with important decisions
3. Government of India acts 1909, 1919,1935 and charter acts

In ancient history, the focus should be on:
1. Hindu philosophy and Buddhism and Jainism
2. Mauryan and Gupta period
3. Basic art, architecture and scientific development during that period

In medieval history, the focus should be on important kings such as Akbar, SherShah  etc and other important dynasties and their chronology.

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In policy, the stress must be on areas of current importance in general and following areas in particular:
1. Fundamental rights, DPSP, fundamental duties
2. Parliament and parliamentary proceedings, committee system
3. Judiciary
4. Constitutional bodies

In economy, the focus should be on basic and fundamental concepts such as:
1. Growth and development, poverty, inflation, unemployment
2. State of national and global economy
3. Important committees and bills
4. Recent budget and economic survey

Very important areas for pre exam are geography, ecology and environment:
1. For geography, the focus should be on NCERT books of 6 to 12 standard
2. Detailed study of maps with focus on important national parks, rivers, dams soil type, forest coverage
For general science, NCERT books from 6 to 10 are vital to study.

The focus should be on basic concepts used in everyday science and latest technological development such as 3rd and 4th generation mobile technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology etc.

General guidelines:

  • Focus on easy questions first,
  • Do not waste time on difficult questions,
  • Make only intelligent guesses,
  • In last few days, the focus should be on revision and not on covering new topics. The experts advice at least three revisions of the syllabus before the exam,
  • Practice as many test papers as possible.

The Commission has issued guidelines for the candidates appearing for these exams. The candidates have been strictly restricted to carry mobile phones, calculators, IT gadgets and any other communication device such as bluetooth to the exam premises. Share this article UPSC Prelims General Studies Important Topics for 2019 to your friends, who are preparing for UPSC Exams

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