UPSC PRELIMS SYLLABUS & STRUCTURE 2017. The candidates who are going to attend for UPSC Civil Services exams must know about UPSC Prelims Syllabus of 2016 and the previous years syllabus. And also the students must have an idea about the syllabus for the upcoming exam they are going to appear. See recent UPSC Notification 2017 here. UPSC (union public service commission) conducts the CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION (CSE) which is a nationwide exam with success rate of nearly 0.1%–0.3%.Usually UPSC conducts CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION in three phases – a preliminary examination, and a mains examination followed by a personality test (interview). Stage one Preliminary examination is a qualifying test advertised in May and held in August every year. Results are published in mid-October.The Preliminary exam for the UPSC Civil Services examination for 2016 have held on 07th August 2016 and the next schedule exam for 2017 was announced. The date of examination of UPSC Civil Services preliminary exam will be held on 18.06.2017 So, get ready and start preparing from now.


The Following table tells about the UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern & the UPSC Prelims Exam papers and subjects for 2016:

UPSC Prelims Exam Papers




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

  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







Name of the Examination Date of Notification Last Date for Receipt of Applications Date of Commencement of Exam Duration of Exam
Civil Services (Preliminary) exam. 2017  22.02.2017    17.03.2017          (FRIDAY)        18.06.2017           (SUNDAY)   1 DAY


The Subject’s in this article are related to 2016 exams, we will update you the 2017 syllabus shortly.

There are 2 papers in Prelims exam – General Studies and Aptitude or CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test)

General Studies Paper I Syllabus

1. Current events of national and international importance
2. Historyof 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

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:
  • 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 twenty minutes 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 2017 article may helpful to you to know about the pattern and detailed syllabus of prelims

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