UPSC Main: General Studies - Strategy & Suggested Reading

Strategy & Suggested Reading


UPSC finally released corrigendum for the IAS Notification 2013, which has clearly mentioned new pattern for IAS Exams 2013.

IAS Main Examination- NEW SYLLABUS

The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Paper I 

  • Section 1: Essay "200 Marks"
  • Section 2: English Comprehension & English Precis (of Matriculation/ Xth Standard level) 100 Marks (Qualifying Paper)

Paper II

  • General Studies–I "250Marks"
    (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

Paper III

  • General Studies –II "250 Marks"
    (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

Paper IV

  • General Studies –III "250 Marks"
    (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

Paper V

  • General Studies –IV "250Marks"
    (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Paper- VI

  • Optional Subject – Paper 1 "250Marks"

Paper VII

  • Optional Subject – Paper 2 "250 Marks"

Sub Total (Written test) 1800 Marks

Personality Test 275 Marks

Grand Total 2025 Marks

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given in Notification:

Suggested Reading Books for IAS Mains: