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IAS Syllabus

IAS Exam 2016 – IAS Syllabus

IAS Exam is one of the most competitive exams of the country. To crack one of the toughest exams , you need to start preparing right away. The first step leading towards your preparation is to know and understand the IAS syllabus completely.

IAS Exam Overview

The Civil Services Exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year.

The Civil Services exam is conducted in 2 stages

Prelims

 Mains

Mains Exam consists of Written Exam plus Interview.

There are two papers in Prelims

Paper I

Paper II 

Paper I tests you on General Studies and Paper II tests you on Aptitude.

Qualifying Paper I lets you appear for the Mains examination.

Paper II is only to analyze you i.e it is only of qualifying nature.

The marks scored in Paper II are NOT added for the overall merit of the Civil Services Preliminary Examination.

Paper I 

200 Marks

Duration: Two Hours

Number of Questions: 100

IAS Syllabus General Studies (Paper 1)

  1. Current Affairs: 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 (no subject specialization required)
  7. General Science

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 IAS Exam Paper I Recommended Books

Current events of national and international importance

India Year Book

Manorma Year Book

Newspapers – The Hindu

Magazines -Yojana, Kurukshetra and CST

History of India and Indian National Movement

Old NCERT for Ancient History class 11

New NCERT for classes 11 and 12

ICSE Books of classes 8, 9 and 10

Specturm /India Struggle for Independence

India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra

India’s Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania

Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

NCERT books of classes 6 to 10

NCERT books of classes 9 , 10 , 11, 12

ICSE Books of classes 9 and 10

Geography of India – Majid Hussain

Certificate Physical and Human Geography – GC Leong

Oxford School Atlas

Indian Polity and Governance 

NCERT books for classes 11 and 12

Indian Polity – Laxmikanth

Constitution of India – D D Basu

Economic and Social Development 

NCERT books for classes 11 and 12

SRIRAM’s IAS notes

Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh

Economic Survey Summary

General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change 

NCERT 7th

Biology NCERT 12

Chemistry NCERT 12 Part 2

ICSE Class 8, 9, 10 books on Environment

Shankar IAS Notes

General Science

NCERT Books for Class 6-10

ICSE Books for Class 8, 9, 10

Science Reporter

IAS Exam Paper II (Aptitude)

200 Marks

Duration: Two Hours

Number of Questions: 80

Civil Services Preliminary Exam General Studies Paper 2 is popularly known as CSAT.

There are many who call not only the General Studies Paper 2, but also the complete preliminary stage exam as CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test).

Aspirants should note that a terminology like “CSAT” is nowhere mentioned in the UPSC notification.

 IAS Syllabus General Studies (Paper II)

  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)

A through understanding of the IAS Syllabus will go a long way in helping you crack the exam.

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Recommended Books for Paper II

Analytical Reasoning – M.K. Pandey

A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning – Dr. R.S.Aggarwal

How to Prepare Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT – Arun Sharma

Proficiency in Reading Comprehension – Ajay Singh

Reading Comprehension GMAT Prep Guide

UPSC Portal : General Mental Ability Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams – Dr. R.S. Aggrawal

Recommended Books for Hindi Medium Aspirants

  1. Prarambhik Bharat Ka Parichay (Hindi).
  2. Madhyakaleen Bharat: Rajniti, Samaj Aur Sanskriti.
  3. Adhunik Bharat Ka Etihas – By Vipan Chandra OR Adhunik Bharat Ka Etihas – By Spectrum.
  4. Bharat Ka Rashtria Aandolan – Bipan Chandra.
  5. Bharatiya Kala, Sanskriti Evam Virasat: Civil Sewa Pariksha Hetu.

Geography Books

  1. Bhugol – Spectrum OR Bharat Ka Bhugol.
  2. Orient Blackswan Vishwa Atlas Laghu Sanskaran (Hindi).
  3. Bharat Evam Vishwa Ka Bhugol – Hussain.

Indian Polity Books

  1. Bharat Ki Rajvyavastha (भारत की राजव्यवस्था) – By M. Laxmi Kanth.
  2. Bharat Ka Samvidhan: Ek Parichaya – D. D. Basu.
  3. Hamari Sansad – Kashyap S

Indian Economy Books

  1. Bhartiya Arthvyavastha – By Ramesh Singh.

Science, Technology and Environment Books

  1. Vigyan Evam Prodhyogiki Ka Vikas: Civil Sewa Pariksha Hetu – TMH.
  2. Vigyan Avum Prodhogyki – Spectrum.
  3. Paryavaran Evam Paristhitiki: Civil Sewa Pariksha Hetu.

General Studies Manual – Prelims Paper 1 and Paper 2 (CSAT)

  • Samanya Adhyayan: Paper I 2016 (Hindi Edition) – Mc Graw Hill Education.
  • Samanya Adhyayan: Paper II 2016 (Hindi Edition) – Mc Graw Hill Education.

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