UPSC Prelims PYQs (2013-2023)

  • Attempt last 11 years PYQs of UPSC prelims and evaluate your preparation
  • Post test you will get subject wise and year-wise analysis of PYQs from 2013 to 2023, giving you valuable insights into the exam's expectations, format, and trends
  • By attempting PYQs year-wise manner and analysing at subject level this course prepares you for actual exam scenarios
UPSC Prelims PYQs (2013-2023)

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  • Attempt last 11 years PYQs of UPSC prelims and evaluate your preparation
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  • By attempting PYQs year-wise manner and analysing at subject level this course prepares you for actual exam scenarios

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  • UPSC Prelims PYQs (2013-2023) provides attemptable year-wise TESTS of PYQs from 2013 to 2023, giving you valuable insights into the exam's expectations, format, and trends.
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UPSC Prelims 2024 - Detailed Syllabus

Check out the detailed UPSC Prelims syllabus for 2024 here. This post will help you understand how the syllabus works and prepare for subjects like history, geography, and science.

Every year, the Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services Exam. The first round is called UPSC Prelims or IAS Prelims. The final part is the UPSC Interview, where there’s no fixed syllabus, and questions cover a wide range of topics. It’s important for candidates to thoroughly review the IAS Prelims Syllabus. Note that there are no changes in the UPSC Syllabus for 2023 compared to the previous years.

The UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024 is outlined in the latest notification from the Union Public Service Commission. The IAS Prelims Exam 2023 happened on May 28, 2023, and the IAS Prelims 2024 is scheduled for May 26, 2024. Since the prelims exam is the first stage with GS 1 & GS 2 (CSAT) papers, candidates must understand the UPSC Prelims Syllabus in detail to prepare effectively. Covering subjects from history and geography to economics, science, and current affairs, the UPSC Prelims Syllabus has it all. This article will delve into the UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus, including its structure and important topics.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024 – Overview

The UPSC Prelims Syllabus is split into two parts:

GS Paper 1:

  • Tests knowledge in current affairs, history, geography, polity, economics, environment, and science and technology.
  • Weightage: 200 marks, with 100 multiple-choice questions.

GS Paper 2 (CSAT):

  • Evaluates aptitude and comprehension skills.
  • Covers comprehension, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision-making, and problem-solving.
  • Easier compared to Paper 1.

UPSC Prelims 2024 Syllabus - Paper 1

 UPSC Prelims Paper 1 Syllabus includes:

  • Current events of national & international importance.
  • Indian History & Indian National Movement.
  • Indian as well as World Geography – Physical, Social, and Economic Geography of    India & the World.
  • Indian Polity.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • Common issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity & Climate Change – not requiring subject specialization.
  • General Science.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024 Subject-Wise for GS1

As mentioned before, the GS 1 Paper covers topics from different subjects. You can check the distribution of UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024 by subject in the sections below.

UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus 2024 for History

If you check the official UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus for Paper 1, you’ll find questions about “Indian History & Indian National Movement.” Here are the detailed topics you need to study for the history section.

Ancient History Section

  1. Pre-Historic Era
  2. Indus Valley Civilization
  3. Rig Vedic Period
  4. Later Vedic Period
  5. Jainism
  6. Buddhism
  7. Mahajanpadas
  8. Mauryan Era
  9. Post-Mauryan Era
  10. Gupta Period
  11. Harshwardhana Era
  12. Sangam Period (Dynasties in South India)

Medieval History Section

  1. Pratiharas, Pallavas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas
  2. Cholas and Kingdoms in South India
  3. Early Muslim Invasions
  4. The Delhi Sultanate
  5. Afghans, Rajputs & Mughals
  6. Formation of the North-Indian Empire
  7. The Mughal Empire
  8. Marathas and Other Indian States
  9. Decline of the Mughal Empire
  10. Vijaynagar Empire

Modern History Section

  • Arrival of Europeans
  • Expansion of the British
  • Administrative Era pre-1857
  • British Economic Policies
  • Influence of British Administration
  • 1857 Rebellion
  • Administrative Transformations post-1857
  • Evolution of Civil Services
  • Advancements in Education
  • Growth of the Press
  • Socio-Religious Reforms
  • Peasant Uprisings
  • Emergence of Revolutionary Nationalism
  • Indian National Movement Phases:
    • Phase I (1905-1918)
    • Phase II (1918-1929)
    • Phase III (1930-1947)
  • Governors-General and Viceroys in India
  • Constitutional Development in India

UPSC IAS Prelims 2024 Syllabus for Geography

According to the UPSC Prelims Syllabus, the Geography section encompasses the Physical, Social, and Economic Geography of India & the World. To excel in this subject for the prelims exam, candidates should explore the detailed topics within each section of geography provided below.

General Geography Section

  • Universe
  • Earth Evolution

Bio Geography Section

  • Soil Characteristics
  • Vegetation Resources

Geomorphology Section

  • Interior of the Earth
  • Geology and Rocks
  • Geomorphic Processes
  • Earthquakes and Volcanic Activity
  • Continental and Oceanic Distribution
  • Evolution of Landforms
  • Global Diversity of Landforms

Oceanography Section

  • Hydrosphere
  • Underwater Relief Features
  • Temperature and Salinity
  • Waves, Ocean Currents, Tides
  • Resources of the Sea
  • Oceanic Deposits and Coral Reefs

Climatology Section

  • Atmosphere
  • Temperature Inversion
  • Insolation and Heat Balance
  • Air Masses, Fronts, Cyclones, and Jet Streams
  • Wind Patterns and Pressure Belts
  • Precipitation Patterns
  • Global Climate Zones

Human and Economic Geography Section

  • Population and Census
  • Human Progress
  • Economic Ventures
  • Transportation and Communication
  • Global Trade
  • Human Habitation

Indian Geography Section

  • Geography of India
  • Water System
  • Weather Patterns
  • Indian Soils
  • Native Flora
  • Demographics
  • Urban and Rural Living
  • Land Assets
  • Mineral Reserves
  • Energy Supplies
  • Farming and Key Concepts
  • Advancements in Agriculture
  • Crop Yields
  • Industrial Sector
  • Transportation
  • Contemporary Developments in Industry and Transportation

World Regional Geography Section

  • Continents, Countries, and Cities
  • Location in News

Ecology & Environment Section

  • Emergence of Life Forms
  • Fundamental Principles of Ecology
  • Operations within Ecosystems
  • Ecology of Populations
  • Species Adaptation and Interactions
  • Land-based Ecosystems
  • Water-based Ecosystems
  • Cycling of Nutrients

Biodiversity Section

  • Foundations of Biodiversity
  • Variety in Animal and Plant Life
  • Challenges to Biodiversity
  • Preservation of Biodiversity
  • Estuarine Ecosystems
  • Coastal Mangroves
  • Coral Formations
  • Marshy Wetlands
  • Depletion and Oversight of Resources
  • Pollution of the Environment
  • Shifts in Climate
  • Management of Environmental Policies

UPSC IAS Prelims Syllabus 2024 for Polity

Explore the distribution of the polity syllabus for the prelims exam across different topics in the table provided below.

  • Constitutional Evolution
  • Key Aspects of the Indian Constitution
  • Union and Its Geographical Extent
  • Citizenship
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Directive Principles of State Policy
  • Fundamental Duties
  • Structure of Governance
  • Central Executive
  • Central Legislature
  • State Executive
  • State Legislature
  • Local Governance
  • Union Territories and Special Regions
  • Judiciary
  • Constitutional and Non-Constitutional Entities
  • Political Landscape (Political Parties, Elections, Pressure Groups)
  • Administration
  • Global Relations

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Syllabus 2024 For Economy

The preliminary syllabus for UPSC IAS highlights the overarching theme of Economic & Social Development, encompassing Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, and more. Explore the comprehensive list of specific-topics within the Economic section essential for the prelims examination.

Basic Concepts

  • Macroeconomic Concepts
  • Microeconomic Concepts

 Economic Measurements

  • National Income & Its Calculation
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Inflation

 Money & Banking

  • Money Function & Classification
  • Financial Markets & Its Instruments
  • Banking Structure in India

 Public Finance in India

  • Budgeting
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Centre-state Distribution
  • Tax Structure in India

 Planning

  • Meaning, Objective & History
  • Planning Institutions
  • Five-Year Plans in India
  • NITI Aayog

 Open Economy

  •  Foreign Trade Concepts
  •  International Organizations
  •  Trade Agreements
  •  Recent Development

Economic Sectors

  • Poverty
  • Employment and Unemployment
  • Government Schemes and Programmes

UPSC IAS Prelims Syllabus 2024 For General Science

For the UPSC IAS Prelims Syllabus, it’s advisable not to dedicate extensive time to studying General Science from theoretical books, as many questions are drawn from current affairs. Here are some key focus areas for a general overview:

  • Science & Technology in India
  • Space
  • IT and Communication
  • Materials, Nano Technology, and Robotics
  • Defence
  • Nuclear Technology
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Other Miscellaneous Issues
  • Biotechnology

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024 For Art & Culture

Key art and culture subjects for the UPSC exam include Folk and Classical Dances of India, Mural Painting, Miniature Painting, etc. To excel in UPSC Prelims GS Paper 1, it’s crucial to delve into the art and culture topics outlined in the table below:

  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Paintings
  • Pottery Tradition
  • Numismatics
  • Performing Arts
  • Religion and Literature
  • National and Regional Festivals

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024 For Paper 2 (CSAT)

The Prelims exam’s GS Paper 2 is commonly referred to as CSAT. While this paper is only qualifying, candidates should not underestimate its importance, as many aspirants face challenges with it. The UPSC CSAT syllabus comprises various aptitude questions, and the detailed preliminary syllabus for the CSAT paper is outlined below:

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills, including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numerical skills (Class X level) (orders of magnitude, numbers & their relations, etc.)
  • Data Interpretation (Class X level) (graphs, charts, tables, data sufficiency, etc.)

UPSC IAS Prelims Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2024

The Prelims exam comprises two objective-type papers. There is a negative marking of 1/3rd of the assigned marks for each incorrect answer. The details of each paper are as follows:

Paper

Exam Type

No. of Questions

Marks

Exam Duration

Paper I – General Studies

Objective

100

200

2 Hours

Paper II – (CSAT)

Objective

80

200

2 Hours

Important Points to Note 

  • The Prelims exams have two language papers (A and B), but these are just for qualifying, meaning they don’t affect your rank.
  • To make sure your essays, general studies, and optional subjects are considered, you need to get at least 25% in both “The Indian Language” and “English.”
  • Your rank is determined only by the marks you get in Papers I to VI. 
  • You can answer all papers in any language listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India, except for the Qualifying Language Papers (Paper-A and Paper-B), which have specific languages.
  • Question papers (excluding language literature papers) are available in Hindi and English.
  • Blind candidates and those with locomotor disabilities or cerebral palsy get twenty minutes of extra time per hour in both the Prelims and Mains Examination.

You can look for a more detailed UPSC Prelims 2024 Syllabus Here -

https://edukemy.com/blog/upsc-ias-prelims-syllabus-2024/

 

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UPSC Previous Year Question Paper - Prelims PDF

With our UPSC Prelims PYQs 2013-2023, we will be providing PDFs of all the questions with detailed solutions. This will ensure that you can take a print out of the question paper, and try and attempt the test in exam environment.

PYQ UPSC Prelims with Answers

All the PYQ of UPSC Prelims of the last 11 years (2013-2023) with their answers are a part of this program. Hurry up!

Last 10 years UPSC Question Papers with Answers pdf

As a part of this course, we will be offering the last 11 years UPSC Question Papers with Answers in PDF form. Please note that the PDF can be availed after attempting the test. We have given aspirants a chance to attempt these PYQ tests at least 5 times! This will ensure that you know all the themes asked in the UPSC Exam by heart!

UPSC Prelims PYQs with Answers

As a part of the UPSC Preparations, it is very important that aspirants have gone through the PYQs. In fact, for the UPSC Prelims, we recommend that you try to attempt each test at least five times before the actual exam.

Why is that?

This ensures that the language used by UPSC through the UPSC Prelims PYQs can be known to the aspirant. Over the years, the language used by UPSC Coaching Institutes comes no where near what UPSC asks.

Hence, students keep repeating the same mistakes made in the Mock Tests by UPSC Coaching Institutes, and thus are not able to clear the exam.

We recommend that you solve the UPSC Prelims PYQs of the last 10 years at least 5 times (each test), to get an idea of how UPSC asks questions.

UPSC Prelims PYQs with Answers of the last 11 years can be accessed by buying this course!

 

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