Syllabus For Main Examination (General Studies and English Paper Essay)
The main examination comprises total nine papers of two types:
- 2Papers of non-ranking type
- 7 papers of ranking type
Two types of non-ranking include one paper of an Indian language to be selected by the candidate out of languages included in the Eighth Scheduled to the Constitution and the second paper is of English, which is a compulsory language. Both these papers are of a very simple nature and, in a way, mentally prepare the candidate for writing the subsequent examination.
Among ranking or scoring papers, there are three groups of papers, which are:
- two optional subjects – 4 papers in all (comprising a total of 1200 marks)
- Essay-one paper (200 marks) and
- General Studies – two papers (total 600 marks).
For the optional papers in the main Examination, UPSC has a list of twenty-six subjects out of which two subjects have to be selected by the candidate. However, a few combinations belonging to disciplines having substantial overlaps in content are not allowed, viz.
(a) Political Science and International Relations and Public Administration;
(b) Commerce and Accountancy Management;
(c) Anthropology and Sociology;
(d) Mathematics and Statistics;
(e) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science.
(f) Management and Public Administration;
(g) Of the Engineering Subjects, viz., Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering-not more than one subject.
(h) animal husbandry and veterinary science and medical science.
General studies for main examination
It comprises two papers of four and five segments, respectively.
Paper-1- the four segments of paper-1 are:
1. History of Modern India and Indian Culture.
2. Geography of India.
3. Constitution of India and Indian Polity and
4. Current National Issues and Topics of Social Relevance.
Paper-2-the five segments of paper two are:
1. India and the World.
2. India’s Economic Interaction with the World.
3. Developments in the Field of Science and Technology, IT and Space,
4. International Affairs and Institutions and
5. Statistical Analysis, Graphs and Diagrams
The main examination, apart optional subjects and general studies papers, also includes an ESSAY PAPER. It carries 200 marks. The candidates are advised to prepare for this paper keeping some major themes in mind. Besides their preparation for the contents, aspirants are also advised to polish their basic skills for essay-writing. The basic idea behind the essay writing paper is to test the candidate’s grasp of his material, its relevance to the subject chosen, and to his ability to think constructively and present his ideas concisely, logically and effectively.