General studies in the main examination comprises of two papers each consisting of three hundred marks.
Paper I has four segments tha t include history of modern India and Indian culture, geography of India, constitution of India and Indian polity and current national issues and topics of social relevance.
Paper II has five segments that include India and the world, India's economic interaction with the world, development in the field of science and technology, IT and space, international affairs and institutions and statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams.
The syllabus, as provided by UPSC, does not have much explanation. It is, therefore, important to refer to past yearsâ€™ questions to get an idea about the explanation.