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UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2018 & Subjects, Chapters, Topics, Paper Structure


UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2018 & Subjects, Chapters, Topics, Paper Structure and other details of IAS Prelims Syllabus has been provided below. Before you wirte any exam, the first thing you need to know is the syllabus and the exam format. UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION (CSE), which is a nationwide exam with success rate of 0.1%–0.3%. Basically, UPSC conducts CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION in three phases –

  1. Preliminary examination
  2. Mains examination
  3. Personality test (interview)

The UPSC Prelims 2017 exam got over in June this year; now it’s time to buckle up for UPSC Prelims 2018. Below, we’re  providing the UPSC Syllabus for UPSC Prelims 2018 for prelims.


The Following table is about UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern & What are the UPSC Prelims Exam papers and subjects for 2018 and we are providing UPSC Syllabus below this table. Also download UPSC 2018 Syllabus from this article.

UPSC Prelims Exam Papers




Paper I – General Studies: It is qualifying paper to write the mains exam
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2 Hours



Paper II – Aptitude: This paper is of qualifying nature, but candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper and marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination.

2 Hours






There are 2 papers in Prelims exam – General Studies and Aptitude or CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test). Download UPSC 2018 Syllabus. Here we are providing SAT Syllabus (Aptitude Test) for 2018 Prelims Exams. Check out for SAT Syllabus from below. Also download SAT Syllabus from the links that we have provided from this article.

The answer key for UPSC General Studies Paper has already been released. In this article, we’ll tell you, how can prepare for UPSC Prelims 2018 Paper.

General Studies Paper I 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 donot require subject specialization
  7. General science

Aptitude Syllabus

Here you can get SAT Syllabus (Aptitude Test). Check out for UPSC SAT Syllabus. Also download SAT Syllabus from below.

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4.  Decision making and problem solving
  5.  General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
  7. English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)
  8. Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level. (will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation)

Points to be remember before appearing UPSC Prelims exam 2018:

  • The questions in the UPSC Prelims exams are objective type also called as multiple choice questions.
  • There is “Negative Marking” in the Prelims exam. There is a penalty of 33% marks or 0.83 marks for every wrong answer. Though decision making and problem solving section doesn’t have negative marking.
  • Since 2013, it’s for the first time the Indian Forest Service (IFS) aspirants are combined with the Civil Services candidates to take the Preliminary examination. The aspirants who may clear the Preliminary exam have to separately write the Mains exams for Indian Forest Service.
  • Blind candidates are allowed extra time of 20 mins for each paper.
  • It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) examination for the purpose of evaluation.

The marks scored in the Prelims exam is not counted in the final tally of the Mains exam or the Interview. Many students appear multiple times to clear UPSC Prelims because limited numbers of candidates are chosen to write the mains exam. For its preparation qualities like a sharp memory and basic retention power and proper strategy is needed. Conceptual clarity on every topic of the syllabus is required so I hope this UPSC Prelims  Syllabus & Structure 2018 article may helpful to you to know about the pattern and detailed syllabus of prelims

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  1. anshu says

    I am an engineering first year student and wish to start my preparation now for UPSC . How should I start it?

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  3. Ankita Grover says

    i am a BA first year student , getting average grades , my subjects are , 1 economics , 2 public administration,3 sociology ,4 general English ,5 history and culture of punjab ,6 fashion designing . i was preparing in my mind to give upsc examination , but i have no guidance to it , how should i prosper in it ?

  4. Vabitha says

    I am 28 years old, first year BA English literature student. can I prepare for UPSC exam?

  5. Radha says

    my name is Radha. im a average student of 60 percent marks in graduation.but i want to become IAS how could I develop my studies and what shall I do to understand the syllabus? please let me know

  6. Shreyas says

    How elimonation of choices strategy works in prelim examination

  7. Iranna S R says

    sir, can i prepare through online? Then what are the best webs please tell me.

  8. Kuldeep kaur says

    Hello I am a student of class 12
    I want to start preparation of UPSC exam
    How should I start it

  9. sai chaitanya says

    i am chaitanya studying engineering final year. i wish become an IAS officer unfortunately i came in to engineering but i am not giving my best efforts in it. I really thinking all the time about upsc exams. i just want to be an IAS officer. please help me in which approach i can meet my goal.

  10. P. Ram prasad says

    How to start prelims preparation from now onwards, now I am at the end of 1st year engineering

  11. sagar wagh says

    i am compelited my gradution and to start my preparation now for UPSC. how shouid i start it

  12. sagar wagh says

    i am compileted my graduation and wish to start my preparation now for UPSC,HOW shouid i start it

  13. Anu says

    I did completed my MBA in 2018 and I am 23 years old this time. I wish to start my preparation now for UPSC . How should I start my preparation with coaching or without coaching.

  14. SaiAkhil says

    How should i prepare for upsc examinations

  15. SaiAkhil says

    What are the steps taken to prepare for civil services

  16. Uma says

    Sir at present I m working as a government teacher..n now I m 32…but I have interest to become an I.a.s. Will it be n how can I….

  17. Veeresh Kumar says

    i just completed my under graduation and now, i want to prepare for upsc..plz tell me how should i ?

  18. keerthi says

    Hallo sir I have completed graduation this year..i want to prepare upsc exams ..from where I can start….

  19. kalyani says

    thank u for giving this valuable information above .I competed my btech in Ece department . is any subjects regarding my Ece will useful in upsc examination

  20. Sai krishna says

    I am a banker, and now I wanted to prepare for UPSC (my age is 28). Kindly suggest if I can start at this age. And what it takes to prepare for prelims and mains

  21. ritika says

    I am a student. I’ve cleared 1st year of Is this is the right time for preparation of upsc ?

  22. Sheba Sunny M says

    I m a second year engineering student.I m not from core engineering stream.I m studying studying food technology.
    And I wish to start my preparation now itself. I read the syllabus.Optional subjects not contain my field. What should I do?

  23. Sowmya says

    Iam studying agriculture Bsc 3 rd year I want to start my preparation is this correct time

  24. Neha says

    I have completed my std 12th this year nd now I’m thinking of going into civil service. I want to become an IAS officer soo can someone pls telll me what shuld i do.

  25. Ashok kumar Gautam says

    how much impact of handwriting is there in upsc examination ?
    is handwriting matters or not please guide me ?

  26. Apeksha gadekae says

    I am an B A first year student and wish to start my preparation now for UPSC . How should I start it?

  27. Ashish says

    I m in 11th science and I wish to prepare for an IAS so how I start my preparation?

  28. Sumran says

    how much impact of handwriting is there in upsc examination ?
    is handwriting matters or not please guide me ?

  29. MD Jamil Ahmed says

    I am Bsc second year student .and now I’m preparing upsc exam and I confident clear this exam

  30. Krishna says

    Sir i am a ba first year student how to prepare civil service exam ?? Please tell me .

  31. Sandhya Khaire says

    Which is the field one should choose for preparation of UPSC? Arts, Commerce or Science? Please guide me.

  32. Ritesh Sharma says

    Sir, I want to know that in preliminary exams how many mark one question in this exam and how should get minimum marks in the second paper.

  33. akash pandey says

    helo sir
    i am in bsc 2ed year student haw to prepare civil servic (ias ) exam

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