UPSC IAS 2017 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
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IAS Exam Pattern comprises of the structure and question type of each stage of the exam. IAS is a three tier exam i.e. Prelims, Mains and Interview. IAS Prelims is an objective type paper and IAS Mains is conventional type. The IAS Exam is an offline mode exam with question paper in both English and Hindi.
IAS Prelims has two papers i.e. Paper I and Paper II which are scheduled in offline mode in the month of May 2017. IAS Question Paper for Prelims comprises 200 questions in each paper too be solved in 2 hours. The total marks of both the paper is 400.
The IAS Mains 2017 Exam Pattern comprises 7 Papers that include 5 compulsory subjects and 2 optional language papers. The time duration of each paper is 3 hours. The total marks of IAS Mains Paper is 2025. The mode of IAS Mains available is English & Hindi.
IAS Exam consists of three different stages. First stage i.e. IAS Preliminary Examination will be conducted in the month of May, 2017. Second stage of IAS Exam is IAS Main examination to be held in the month of October/November, 2017. After the candidate clears mains examination selected candidates will be called for Interview and Final Selection in the month of April/May, 2018.
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IAS exam is conducted in two successive stages after which interview and final selection of candidates is done. The first stage of IAS 2017 is the IAS Prelims which will be conducted in the month of May, 2017.
Candidates who qualify the UPSC Prelims proceed to the next stage i.e. IAS Mains Exam 2017. IAS Prelims is a pen and paper based test conducted in two sessions i.e. Paper I (General Studies) and Paper II (Civil Services Aptitude Test) on the same day at the allotted IAS Test center. IAS Question Paper has questions in both Hindi and English with 200 questions in each paper.
Following table elaborates the pattern of Preliminary Examination 2017 ascertained by UPSC:
|Duration of examination||2 hours or 120 minutes (extra time of 20 minutes for blind candidates) for each paper.|
|Number of Questions||Paper I- 200 questions, Paper II- 200 questions|
|Total Marks||400 Marks|
|Types of Questions||Multiple Choice Questions|
|Marks||Paper I- 200 marks, Paper II- 200 marks|
|Negative marking||1/3rd of the marks allotted to the question|
|Mode of Examination||Hindi and English|
IAS Prelims is evaluated on the basis of two sections of the examination- Paper I and Paper II. Both the papers carry 200 marks each. The IAS Question Paper has to be answered by choosing one of the correct answer from the four available options.
It is necessary for the candidate to score well in both the papers to qualify for the further stages of the IAS Selection Process. For IAS Prelims, candidate must go through the following topics:
Paper I tests the knowledge about the current affairs, general studies and events across the world. The table below gives the important topics from which the IAS Question Paper for Paper I is prepared:
|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||General Science|
IAS Question paper for Paper II includes questions which test the aptitude skills of the candidate. The topics that must be studied to qualify Paper II are tabulated below:
|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)||English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)|
IAS Mains 2017 consists of 7 papers which will be considered for calculation of marks and merit of the candidate. It is a subjective type written examination with two parts. The total marks of all the papers is 2025 marks. The written test for IAS Mains holds a weightage of 1750 marks and the personality test is of 275 marks.
The IAS Questions paper for Mains includes different number of questions in each paper in both English and Hindi. Following table will help the candidate to understand the pattern which will be followed by IAS for Mains Exam 2017:
|Duration||3 hours (each paper)|
|Total Marks||2025 marks|
|Types of Questions||Conventional essay type questions|
|Marks||250 marks each for Paper I- Paper VII, 275 Marks for Personality Test|
|Language used in question papers||Hindi and English|
Candidates must keep in mind the following points while sitting for UPSC Mains:
|Gujarati||Gujarati||Sindhi||Devnagari or Arabic|
|Marathi||Devanagari||Santhali||Devanagari or Olchiki|
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Those candidates who qualify the preliminary examinations of IAS 2017 are eligible for Mains exam. The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates.
Following are the topics for Paper I to Paper VII of IAS Main examination 2017:
|Agriculture||Electrical Engineering||Medical Science|
|Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science||Geography||Philosophy|
|Botany||History||Political Science and International Relations|
|Civil Engineering||Management||Public Administration|
|Commerce and Accountancy||Mathematics||Sociology|
IAS Interview is generally conducted to assess candidate’s communication skills and efficiency to be a part of the civil services. The board that interviews the candidate consists of some competent and unbiased judges who evaluate candidate’s intellectual qualities, social traits and awareness with the current happenings and affairs.
Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
It is very important to note that candidate selected for interview must possess intense knowledge of his/her subject field. Though technical skills are already evaluated in the written examination but it should definitely reflect in his career record and his personality as well. The conversation between board members and the candidate will determine the final selection.
Candidates who wish to appear for IAS Exam must keep themselves updated with the instructions pertaining to both IAS Prelims and IAS Mains. Here are some instructions for the candidates appearing for IAS 2017 examination:
|Category||Better eye||Worse eye||Percentage|
|Category O||6/9-6/18||6/24- 6/36||20%|
|Category I||6/18-6/36||6/60- nil||40%|
|Category II||6/60—4/60 or field of vision 10—20°||3/60- nil||75%|
|Category III||3/60—1/60 or field of vision 10°||F.C. at 1 ft. to nil||100%|
|Category IV||F.C. at 1 ft. to nil field of vision 100°||F.C. at 1 ft. to nil Field vision 100°||100%|
|One eyed person||6/6||F.C at 1 ft. to nil||30%|
OMR sheet is provided to the candidate to mark the correct answer in case of Multiple Choice Questions. OMR Sheet is mechanically evaluated and if the candidate fails to mark the answer option correctly, it will not be evaluated by the computer. Candidate must use Black ball pen to mark the answers and fill in all the particulars in OMR sheet.
Here are the list of particulars that must be filled in OMR Sheet
Candidate will be required to mark all the particulars in the OMR sheet and encircle the subject code and roll number from the circle options. Candidate must completely blacken the circle and mark correct information on the OMR sheet.
When answering through OMR Sheets, candidates will not be required to write the answers. The candidate will be provided with the choices out of which he/she will darken the appropriate circle and mark the correct answer using black ball pen. The IAS Question Paper will be given in the form of Test Booklet. Candidate will look for the answer from this booklet and mark the correct option in the OMR Sheet.
Candidate will need to mark one option only, marking multiple options will be considered as a wrong answer. If candidate assumes the answer to be more than one option, he/she must mark the best answer that he/she considers correct.