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What is the Syllabus or Subject Pattern of IAS(Indian Administrative Services)?

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IAS is the most prestigious examination of the country. I also want to attempt IAS examination. But I have no idea about its syllabus or pattern. What subjects should I study for  IAS (Indian Administrative Services). Is the syllabus divided for into units or they just ask randomly. How many question will come from history, economics general knowledge, India general knowledge, current affairs and political science?
asked Jul 6, 2016 in GK/Education by Avinash (11,610 points)

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Civil Services Mains Exam 2016 Syllabus

The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Paper A - Modern Indian language 300 Marks - Qualifying nature - Marks not counted - Passing mandatory-

(i) Comprehension of given passages.

(ii) Precis Writing

(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.

(iv) Short Essay

(v) Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.

Paper B - English -300 marks - Qualifying nature - Marks not counted- Passing mandatory

(i) Comprehension of given passages

(ii) Precis Writing

(iii) Usage and Vocabulary

(iv) Short Essay.


Essay - 250 Marks - To be written in the medium or language of the candidate's choice. Candidate is required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given.


General Studies-I 250 Marks (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

Indian culture - Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Modern Indian history - significant events, personalities, issues

The Freedom Struggle

Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

History of the world

Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.


General Studies -II: 250 Marks (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

Indian Constitution

Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States

Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, 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.


General Studies -III 250 Marks (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.


Optional Subject - Paper I -250 Marks


Optional Subject - Paper II -250 Marks

Candidates may choose any ONE optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given below.

Optional Subjects

  •         Agriculture
  •         Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  •         Botany
  •         Chemistry
  •         Civil Engineering
  •         Commerce
  •         Economics
  •         Electrical Engineering
  •         Geography
  •         Geology
  •         Indian History
  •         Law
  •         Mathematics
  •         Mechanical Engineering
  •         Medical Science
  •         Philosophy
  •         Physics
  •         Political Science
  •         Psychology
  •         Public Administration
  •         Sociology
  •         Statistics
  •         Zoology
  •         Anthropology

Interview/Personality Test - 275 Marks

answered Jul 7, 2016 by Eklavya (11,020 points)

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