UPSC Syllabus Prelims Exam | Latest Topic wise UPSC 2019 Syllabus pdf

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Welcome to the page of UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2019. Since you are planning to apply for the Union Public Service Commission 2019 session, it’s must to know about the newly introduced IAS syllabus and pattern of Prelims exam 2019. All the UPSC aspirants who wish for appearing this test of civil services to become IAS, IPS, IFS or Indian Forest Services should be starting their preparation, and the very first step here is to know all the topics of Syllabus for Prelims 2019. Download pdf of syllabus before starting your IAS preparation.

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Paper 1 – General Studies

Paper 2- Aptitude

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2019

Why do you need to Know IAS Prelims Syllabus 2019?

Before getting you to the details here are few tips to make the preparation for this tough exam a little easy –

You must be knowing a huge number of people every year appear for the exam, but only some thousands are able to clear it, it does not mean that the UPSC Prelim is really a tough nut to crack, it happens because most people apply, but they do not prepare well, many prepare with wrong syllabus or books and many people who have been trying the last couple of year do not bother to know about the changes in the new pattern or syllabus; this eventually becomes a reason for many to fail in the prelims exam of UPSC.

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UPSC Optional Papers Syllabus 2018Link for Optional Papers
UPSC IFS Mains Syllabus 2018IFS Mains Syllabus


In this table, we have listed the complete overview of UPSC Prelim Exam Pattern 2019

Exam PapersTime Allotted Number of questionsMaximum Score
  • Paper 1 – UPSC General Studies: 

You are required to clear this exam to appear for mains.

2 Hours100200
  • Paper II – UPSC Aptitude: 

Its mandatory to score at least 33% in this test to become eligible for the mains but the score of this particular test would not be counted in mains.

2 Hours80200

Visit to the link, to know about marking scheme, types of questions and more about UPSC Exam Pattern.


As stated above in the table there will be 2 different tests namely General Studies and Aptitude aka’ CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) in the prelims exam. The topic wise syllabus in detail for UPSC Prelims exam 2019  is given below:-

UPSC Prelims Paper 1 – General Studies Syllabus 2019

  1. Current affairs – Global and National both.
  2. History – Mainly everything about India including Indian National Movement.
  3. Geography- On global and national parameters study these aspects- Economic Geography, Social, Physical  of India and the world
  4. Indian Polity/Governance –Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Political system, Constitution, Rights issues.
  5. Economic/Social development –demographics, poverty, sustainable development, social sector initiatives, inclusion etc.
  6. General issues on environmental ecology, Climate change and Bio-diversity -that do not require subject specialization
  7. Science (General)

Important Topics and Books for IAS Prelims Syllabus Paper One:2019

In Prelims Syllabus, Current Affairs subject cannot be explained with 100 % description; however, you can make a list of following topics to focus while reading a newspaper and other preparation materials like Manorama Year Book. However, you should read without leaving topics from March 2018 to March 2019 for the exam on June 2019.

Environment-like Summit, Schemes, and Notifications related Ghats etc. Indian Legal and Regulatory orders related Pollution, energy, biodiversity and food chain

Agriculture-Apart from topics as above check for Budget allocations and go through concept part from NCERT.

International– Apart from Summits also read news related to Institutions such as World Bank, WTO, IMF, UN etc., Funding and performance of International NGOs and International Environmental initiatives.

Economy-Go through budget making reforms- Reforms in rail, Bank Initiatives, Pay commission, Concepts like Calculation HDI and CENSUS etc. Concepts from Micro-economics.

History – Culture-Hindi Months Name, National symbols, Freedom Struggle etc.

Geography and Polity– Indian physical geography, World Geography with a special focus on Asia & Africa. Read about Land and People, Minerals, States & UT, Universe related discoveries and disasters. In Indian Polity read about issues related to rights, government bodies and union and state administration.

Science and Technology-Most unpredictable portion. Focus on Public Health, Disasters and New developments. Read editorials of National Level Newspaper like Hindu.

Sports– Keep eye on events where India has won or lost. Read all minute details.

International Relations and Defense- Summits, Organizations, Space Missions,  Launch of a new missile, vessel or technology and Joint exercises.

Events-Major Events, Important book, Nation-International Awards.

Indian Society and Social Justice-Water Disputes, Women issues, Poverty issues and Schemes, Population issues, Communalism etc.

Whenever you read any newspaper, go through Editorial section. Prelims Syllabus should be written in your mind so that you can relate your reading with your Syllabus.

Read now, given links to give a concrete shape to your preparation.

How To Prepare For UPSC Prelims Exam
How To Prepare For UPSC Mains Exam

Union Public Service Commission always experiments with paper of UPSC Prelims but it will be always a good mix of current affairs and concept potion.

Topic wise PRELIM SYLLABUS pdf 2019

UPSC Prelims Paper 2- Aptitude Syllabus 2019

  • Comprehension and Analysis
  • Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Highschool/10th Level. (passages from the English language will be there only/No Hindi translation is given.)
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class 1oth or Highschool level)
  • Decision-making/problem-solving
  • Basic numeracy (orders of magnitude, numbers and their relations, etc.) (Class 10th level), Data Interpretation (data sufficiency, graphs, charts, tables etc. – Class 10th level)
  •  Mental ability test (General)
  • Interpersonal/Communication skills
  • Logical reasoning
  • Analytical ability

This is all that you have to prepare for, we wish you best of luck for the UPSC exam.

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Topic wise list based on previous years question papers

UPSC Prelims Topic Wise Questions

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