UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024 Update

The UPSC Civil Service Prelims Exams 2024 will now take place from June 16, 2024. This change was made because of the upcoming General Elections 2024. Initially, the exam was supposed to happen on May 26.

UPSC Prelims Candidates preparing for the exam or planning to take it later need to cover various topics to pass the preliminary exams. This article will discuss this year’s syllabus and time allocation for both Paper I and Paper II.

It’s crucial for candidates to remember that they must appear for both papers of the Civil Services (Prelim) Examination. Failing to do so will result in disqualification.

We will first look at the components of Paper I:

The Paper I will consist of 200 marks, and candidates will be allotted 2 hours to complete the paper.

The Paper will consist of the following topics:

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Paper II

The Paper II of the Preliminary examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. Besides, the questions will be objective type. The Paper II too will include 200 marks and will be held for two hours.

The subjects included Paper II include the following:

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level).

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