UPSC Civil Services Syllabus 2016 (Prelims/Mains) Exam New Syllabus PDF

By | August 13, 2015

UPSC Civil Services Syllabus

UPSC Civil Services SyllabusYou will need the UPSC Civil Services Syllabus 2016 if you’re planning to be appeared for any of the Civil Services Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission. We have brought the new UPSC Civil Services Syllabus of Prelims/Mains Exam here on this page.

The applicants who are preparing for any of the UPSC competitive examination required preparing with the accurate syllabus. We have provided UPSC Civil Services Syllabus 2016 here on this page to let you prepared for that exam within the time duration. Please Scroll down the Page to get the entire syllabus.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Notification

UPSC Civil Services Syllabus

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination Syllabus

Syllabus of Paper I

  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization
  • General Science

Syllabus of Paper II

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)
  • Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level

How to prepare For Written Test / Exam

Topics covered in UPSC Civil Services Main Examination

UPSC Civil Services Syllabus 2016 for Mains exam contains the following Papers and Topics:


  • Essay


General Studies- I:

  • Indian Heritage and Culture,
  • History and Geography of the World and Society


General Studies- II:

  • Governance
  • Constitution
  • Polity
  • Social Justice and International relations

Updated Current Affairs


General Studies-III:

  • Technology
  • Economic Development
  • Bio diversity
  • Environment
  • Security and Disaster Management


General Studies- IV:

  • Ethics and Human Interface
  • Integrity
  • Aptitude


Optional Subject Papers I & II: Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of Optional Subjects given below.

List of optional subjects for Main Examination

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary
  3. Science
  4. Anthropology
  5. Botany
  6. Chemistry
  7. Civil Engineering
  8. Commerce and Accountancy
  9. Economics
  10. Electrical Engineering
  11. Geography
  12. Geology
  13. History
  14. Law
  15. Management
  16. Mathematics
  17. Mechanical Engineering
  18. Medical Science
  19. Philosophy
  20. Physics
  21. Political Science and International Relations
  22. Psychology
  23. Public Administration
  24. Sociology
  25. Statistics
  26. Zoology

UPSC Civil Services Result

Literature of any one of the following languages

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English

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