UPPSC Syllabus 2020:  The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the responsible body for conducting the Public Service Commission Examination (PSC). Through the UPPSC Exam Group A and Group B Officers are appointed in the administrative services of the state government. The syllabus is different for the UPPSC PCS prelims and main exam but the candidate should take an integrated approach to the UPPSC syllabus because most of the topics are common.

The UP Govt. has released the notification to appoint suitable candidates through the UPPSC PCS Exam 2020. The application will be made available online from 21st April to 18th May 2020. This year the total no. of vacancies is 200. But the vacancies will surely go up as the requisition from the various department is not received yet.

Here we are discussing the latest pattern of the UPPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern.

UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020: UPPSC Exam Pattern

Before we discuss the UPPSC Syllabus let us first have an idea of the Exam Pattern. The UPPSC  PCS Exam comprises of three stages.

  1. Prelims – 2 papers – objective type questions (MCQs)
  2. Mains – 8 papers – essay/descriptive type
  3. Interview

The candidate will have to clear each of the rounds successfully to be appointed as UPPSC Officer.

Name of the Exam Type of the Exam/Time Marks
UPPSC Prelims
  • Paper 1 – General Studies I
  • Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)
  • Paper 1: 150 questions
  • Paper 2: 100 questions
UPPSC Mains
  • General Hindi
  • Essay
  • General Studies I
  • General Studies II
  • General Studies III
  • General Studies IV
  • Optional Subject – Paper 1
  • Optional Subject – Paper 2
  • General Hindi – 150 marks
  • Essay – 150 marks
  • All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each
  • Total – 1500 marks
UPPSC Interview
  • Personality Test/Interview
  • 100 marks

UPPSC Syllabus: UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

The UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern is given below. This is qualifying in nature used for the purpose of filtering out candidates to appear for the UPPSC Mains Exam. The UPPSC Prelims comprises of two papers: || Paper I Paper II ||. Both the papers will be of 200 marks each with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The duration of the exam would be 2 hours with both the papers being conducted on the same day.

Name of Exam UPPSC PCS Preliminary Exam
No. of Papers (2)
  1. Paper 1 – General Studies I
  2. Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)
Duration of Exam  

  • Both papers conducted on the same day;
  • Paper 1 – 9.30 AM – 11.30 AM
  • Paper 2 – 2.30 PM – 4.30 PM
Maximum Marks
  • Both Papers will be of 200 marks each.
  • However, only Paper 1 will be considered for merit ranking
  • Paper 2 is a qualifying paper on the lines of IAS Prelims (33% qualifying criteria)
Number of Questions
  • Paper-I: 150 questions
  • Paper-II: 100 questions
Type of Exam Offline (Pen-paper) OMR sheets
Nature of Questions All questions will be of Objective type (MCQs)

Marking Scheme For UPPSC Prelims Exam

  • There will be a 0.33% negative marking for every incorrect answer.
  • For e.g., if the maximum marks allotted for a question is 2, then answering it incorrectly would incur a penalty of 0.66 marks
  • Filling multiple circles on the OMR sheet for the same question would be treated as an incorrect answer and it would lead to negative marking.
  • There is no negative marking for leaving a question blank.
  • Paper 2(CSAT) is a qualifying paper in UPPCS/ PCS Pre paper in which the candidates must obtain a minimum of 33% marks.
  • The selection from the UPPCS/ PCS Pre paper stage will be done on the basis of marks obtained in Paper 1.

UPPSC Syllabus For Prelims

The Syllabus for the UPPSC PCS Prelims is quite similar to that of IAS. As you know that the UPPSC Prelims comprises of two papers objective in nature, therefore the syllabus for both the papers is provided below.

UPPSC Prelims Syllabus For Paper I

  1. Current events of National & International importance
  2. Indian History: Ancient, Medieval, Modern
  3. National Movement
  4. Indian and World Geography – Socio-economic, Physical geography
  5. Indian Governance and Polity – Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Rights issues, etc.
  6. Social and Economic Development – Demographics, Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  7. Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity – general issues that do not require subject specialization.
  8. General Science

UPPSC Syllabus For Paper 2

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills (including communication skills)
  3. Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning
  4. Problem Solving & Decision Making
  5. General Mental Ability
  6. Elementary Mathematics (class X level – Algebra, Statistics, Geometry and Arithmetic)
  7. General English (class X level)
  8. General Hindi (class X level)

UPPSC Syllabus: UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern is given below. Thie marks obtained in this exam will be considered for the final selection of the candidates. The UPPSC Mains Exam comprises of eight papers descriptive in nature. The duration of the exam would be 3 hours for each paper. The UPPSC Mains Exam will be of a total of 1500 marks.  The papers will be conducted over a week’s duration.

Name of Exam UPPSC PCS Mains (Written) Examination
Number of Papers (8)
  1. General Hindi
  2. Essay
  3. General Studies I
  4. General Studies II
  5. General Studies III
  6. General Studies IV
  7. Optional Subject – Paper 1
  8. Optional Subject – Paper 2
Duration of Exam  

  • Papers will be conducted over a week’s duration;
  • Morning Session – 9.30 AM – 12.30 AM
  • Afternoon Session – 2 PM – 5 PM
Maximum Marks
  • General Hindi – 150 marks
  • Essay – 150 marks
  • All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each
  • Total – 1500 marks
Type of Exam Offline (Pen-paper)
Nature of Questions Essay/descriptive type
Optional Subjects As per the new UPPSC exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.

UPPSC Syllabus For Mains

The UPPSC Mains Exam comprises of eight papers. The marks secured in the UPPSC PCS main exam are the deciding factor in the final selection. There are two major changes in the UPPSC main exam pattern.
Firstly, UPPSC does away with the objective type papers and re-introduced the descriptive type papers as in the past but with the increase in the number of papers.
Secondly, UPPSC introduced the ‘Ethics’ paper which was not there earlier.

Essay: Paper II

There will be three sections in the question paper of Candidates will have to select Essay. One topic from each section and they are required to write an essay in 700 words on each topic. In the three sections, topics of the essay will be based on the following sphere :
Section A: Literature and Culture, Social sphere, Political sphere.
Section B: Science, Environment and Technology, Economic Sphere Agriculture, Industry, and Trade.
Section C: National and International Events, Natural Calamities, Land slide, Earthquake, Deluge, Drought, etc. National Development programs and projects.

General Studies I: Paper III

1- History of Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and
Architecture from ancient to modern times.
2- Modern Indian history (from A.D.1757 to A.D. 1947): Significant events, personalities
and issues, etc.
3- The Freedom Struggle- its various stages and important contributors/contributions from
different parts of the country.
4- Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country (till 1965A.D.).
5- History of the world will include events from 18 century to middle of the 20 century such th th
as French revolution of 1789, industrial revolution, World Wars, redraw of national
boundaries, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism etc-their forms and effect on the society.
6- Salient features of Indian Society and culture.
7- Role of Women in society and women’s organization, population and associated issues,
poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
8- Meaning of liberalization, privatization and globalization and their effects on economy,
polity and social structure.
9- Social empowernment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
10- Distribution of major natural resources of World- Water, Soils, Forests in reference to
South and South-East Asia with special reference to India. Factors responsible for the
location of industries (with special reference to India).
11- Salient features of Physical Geography- Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanic activity,
Cyclone, Ocean Currents, winds and glaciers.
12- Oceanic resources of India and their potential.
13- Human migration-refugee problem of the World with focus on India.
14- Frontiers and boundaries with reference to Indian sub-continent.
15- Population and Settlements- Types and Patterns, Urbanization, Smart Cities and
Smart Villages

General Studies II: Paper IV

  1.  Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basis structure, Role of Supreme Court in the evolution of basic provisions of Constitution.
  2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States: issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein .
  3. Role of Finance Commission in Centre- State financial relations.
  4. Separation of powers, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Emergence and use of alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.
  5. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other major democratic countries.
  6. Parliament and State legislatures- structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers and privileges and concerned issues.
  7. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary: Ministries and Departments of the Government, Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
  8. Salient features of the Reperesentation of People’sAct.
  9. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, Powers, functions and their responsibilities.
  10. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies including NITI Aayog, their features and functioning.
  11. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design, implementation and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
  12. Development processes- the role of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs), various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  13. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes, mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  14. Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  15. Issues relating to poverty and hunger, their implication on body politic.
  16. Important aspects of governance. Transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential, citizens, charters and institutional measures.
  17. Role of Civil Services in a democracy in the context of emerging trends.
  18. India and its relationship with neighbouring Countries.
  19. Bilateral, Regional and Global groupings and agreements involving India and/ or affecting India’s interest.
  20. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s
    interests- Indian diaspora.
  21. Important International Institutions, Agencies their structure, mandate and functioning.
  22.  Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh regarding Political, Administrative, Revenue and Judicial System.
  23.  Current affairs and events of Regional, State, National and International importance.

General Studies III: Paper V

  1. Economic planning in India, objectives and achievements. Role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
  2. Issues of Poverty, Unemployment, Social justice and inclusive growth.
  3. Components of Government Budgets and Financial System.
  4. Major Crops, Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems, storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce, e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  5. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices, Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, Limitations, revamping, issues of buffer stocks and food security, Technology missions in agriculture.
  6. Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  7. Land reforms in India since independence.
  8. Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  10. Science and Technology-developments and applications in everyday life and in National Security, India’s Science and Technology policy.
  11. Achievements of Indians in science & technology, in digenization of technology. Developments of New technologies, transfer of technology, dual and critical use technologies.
  12. Awareness in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Space Technology, Computers, Energy resources, nano- technology, microbiology, bio-technology. Issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), and digital rights.
  13. Environmental security and Ecosystems, Conservation of Wild life, Biodiversity, Environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment,
  14. Disaster as a Non-traditional security and safety challenge, disaster mitigation and management.
  15. Challenges of International Security: Issues of Nuclear proliferation, Causes and spread of extremism, Communication networks, role of media and social networking, Basics of cyber security, money laundering and human trafficking.
  16. India’s internal security challenges: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organized crimes.
  17. Role, kind and mandate of security forces, Higher defense organizations in India18- Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh Economy:- Overview of UP Economy: State Budgets. Importance of Agriculture, Industry, Infrastructure and physical resources. Human Resources and Skill development. Government Programmes and Welfare Schemes.
  18. Issues in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Animal Husbandry.
  19. Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to U.P.

General Studies Paper IV: Paper VI

  1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human action, dimensions of ethics, ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values-lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators, role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  2. Attitude: Content, structure, function, its influence and relation with thought and behavior, moral and political attitudes, social influence and persuasion.
  3. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public services, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
  4. Emotional Intelligence- concept and dimensions, its utility and application in administration and governance.
  5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  6. Public/Civil Service values and ethics in Public Administration: status and problems, ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions, laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance, accountability and ethical governance, strengthening of moral values in governance, ethical issues in international relations and funding, corporate governance.
  7. Probity in Governance: concept of public service, philosophical basis of governance and probity, information sharing and transparency in government. Right to Information, codes of ethics, codes of conduct, citizen’s charter, work culture, quality of service delivery, utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  8. Case studies on above issues

Optional Paper For UPPSC PCS Mains Exam: Paper VII & VIII

The UPPSC PCS  Mains exam will consist of eight papers of which candidates will have to choose from a list of 34 subjects for the last two papers. Candidates will be able to select one optional subject as both the optional papers will constitute questions from the subject opted by candidates. The list of all the optional subjects has been provided below.

UPPSC PCS Syllabus: List Of Optional Subjects For Mains

Agriculture & Veterinary Science Arabic Lit. Zoology
Chemistry Hindi Lit. Statistics
Defence Studies Persian Lit. Physics
Management Sanskrit Lit. Mathematics
Political Science & International Relations Geology Commerce & Accountancy
Geography Psychology Economics
History Civil Engineering Public Administration
Social Work Medical Science Sociology
Agricultural Engineering Philosophy Anthropology
Mechanical Engineering Botany Electrical Engineering
Law English Lit. Animal Husbandry
Urdu Lit

UPPSC Interview

This is the final round of UPPSC Exam. Candidates qualifying the Prelims and the Mains exam will be called to appear for the Interview. The Interview will be of 100 Marks. The test will relate to the matter of general interest keeping the matter of academic interest in view and for general awareness, intelligence, character, expression power/personality and general suitability for the service.

UPPSC Syllabus 2020 FAQ’s

Q 1. How many papers are in UPPSC Prelims have.?

Ans. There are two papers in UPPSC Prelims: Paper-I (General Studies) and Paper-II (CSAT).

Q 2. How many papers are in UPPSC Mains exam.?

Ans. There are total eight (8) papers in the UPPSC Mains exam.

Q 3. Is knowledge of Hindi required for UPPSC.?

Ans. Yes, there is one whole paper of Hindi, which need to be qualified.

Q 4. Is there optional subjects in UPPSC mains exam.?

Ans. Yes, there is one optional subject in UPPSC Mains exam.

Q 5. Is there interview in UPPSC exam.?

Ans. Yes, there is interview in UPPSC exam.

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2020 for Prelims & Mains Exam: Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) conducts the Indian Administrative Services Exam to assess the understanding of concepts and intelligence of the candidate. To ace this exam, the aspirant must have a thorough knowledge of the syllabus in order to prepare for the exam. For each stage of the exam that the candidate is preparing, the examination scheme and syllabus topics are discussed in detail. The article provides a detailed description of the UPSC IAS Syllabus and UPSC IAS Exam Pattern, Examination Scheme and link to download syllabus.

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2020

The UPSC IAS Syllabus will cover the two stages: Preliminary examination and Mains examination. The UPSC IAS mains examination is conducted to check the expertise in their specialized subject. Qualification of the preliminary examination is followed by mains, which is then followed by an Interview. The preliminary examination comprises two papers each of 200 marks. Thus, both Prelims and Mains Exam Syllabus Topics are discussed.

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern

UPSC Exam comprises of Prelim, Mains and Interview. It is important for the candidates to know the exam pattern in advance as it helps the aspiring candidates to prepare themselves and make a strategy to ace the exam. The candidates who qualify the prelims appear for the Mains. Candidates who clear the mains are eligible to appear for the final round, the interview. In this article, we have discussed the IAS Exam Pattern.

IAS-SYLLABUS-EXAM-PATTERN

UPSC IAS Syllabus Prelims

Prelims Stage has two papers with questions from GA/ GK/ Current Affairs, Quantitative Aptitude and Logic.

Paper I (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

  • 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-(200 marks) Duration: Two hours

  • 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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UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Pattern

The first stage of the IAS Exam is the Prelims. The Prelims Exam date is 31 May 2020. The Prelims Exam Comprises of two papers of 200 marks each. Both the question papers are of objective type multiple choice questions (MCQ) and each paper is of two hours. The Prelims Exam is qualifying in nature. Candidates need to work hard in this paper as the Commission decides a cut-off after conducting the exam. Each candidate has to secure the minimum cut off marks prescribed by UPSC. Prelims Exam is conducted to filter candidates for the mains exam. The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is qualifying in nature with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33% The details of the UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern is tabulated below.

Paper Type No. of questions Marks Duration Negative marks
General Studies I Objective 100 200 2 hours Yes
General Studies II (CSAT) Objective 80 200 2 hours Yes

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UPSC IAS Syllabus Mains

The UPSC Mains Exam determines the overall intelligence and conceptual knowledge of the candidate.
The mains examination comprises qualifying papers, where Syllabus of Paper A comprises any one of the Indian languages selected from the Languages included in the eighth schedule of the constitution and Paper B Syllabus comprises an English test. Both of these are of 300 marks.
The next step of the mains exam consists of papers counted on merit.
These are described as follows:

Paper I – Essay

250 marks

Paper-II – General Studies-I
Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

250 marks

Paper III – General Studies-II
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

250 marks

Paper IV – General Studies – III
Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

250 marks

Paper V – General Studies – IV
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

250 marks

Paper VI
Optional Subject- Paper 1

250 marks

Paper VII
Optional Subject – Paper 2

250 marks

Sub Total (Written test)

1750 marks
Personality Test

275 marks

Grand Total

2025 marks

Optional subjects for the UPSC IAS Mains Examination can be chosen from the following :
(i) Agriculture
(ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
(iii) Anthropology
(iv) Botany
(v) Chemistry
(vi) Civil Engineering
(vii) Commerce and Accountancy
(viii) Economics
(ix) Electrical Engineering
(x) Geography
(xi) Geology
(xii) History
(xiii) Law
(xiv) Management
(xv) Mathematics
(xvi) Mechanical Engineering
(xvii) Medical Science
(xviii) Philosophy
(xix) Physics
(xx) Political Science and International Relations
(xxi) Psychology
(xxii) Public Administration
(xxiii) Sociology
(xxiv) Statistics
(xxv) Zoology
(xxvi) Literature of any one of the following languages:

Assamese Bengali Bodo Dogri Gujarati Hindi Kannada Kashmiri Konkani Maithili Malayalam English
Manipuri Marathi Nepali Odia Punjabi Sanskrit Santhali Sindhi Tamil Telugu Urdu

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The UPSC Mains Exam is conducted after the Prelims. It is conducted for the candidates who qualify the Prelims Exam. The qualified candidates will have to apply online for DAF online Form. The UPSC Mains exam pattern comprises of 9 papers. The Exam is conducted over a period of 5-7 days. The details of UPSC Mains Exam is given below.

Paper Subject Duration Total marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian language 3 hours 300
Paper B English 3 hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 hours 250
Paper II General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper III General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper IV General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper V General Studies IV 3 hours 250
Paper VI Optional I 3 hours 250
Paper VII Optional II 3 hours 250

All of the mains papers except for the language papers A and B are of a merit ranking nature. One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the eighth Schedule to the Constitution for Paper A. Paper I to Paper V are counted for merit. Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of Optional subjects for Paper VI and VII. The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. The list of the mains examination have to be any one of the subjects from the following list.

Agriculture Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Anthropology Botany Chemistry
Civil Engineering Commerce and Accountancy Economics Electrical Engineering Geography
Geology History Law Management Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering Medical Science Philosophy Physics Political Science and International Relations
Psychology Public Administration Sociology Statistics Zoology

All the papers except the Language papers A and B can be answered in English or any of the languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. The optional papers can be answered in English even if none of the other papers have been answered by the candidate in English.

Personality Test / Interview

  • Qualified candidates of the UPSC Mains Exam are called for the ‘Personality Test/Interview’. These candidates will be interviewed by a Board appointed by the UPSC.
  • The interview assesses the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in the civil services by a board of experts and fair panel of observers.
  • Candidates who qualify the mains have to appear for the interview or personality test. Personality Test is of utmost importance for any IAS Aspirant.
  • The interview also explores the mental and analytical ability of the candidate.
  • The Interview test will be of 275 marks and the total marks for written examination is 1750. This sums up to a Grand Total of 2025 Marks based on which the final merit list will be prepared.

UPSC IAS Selection Process

As you are aware of the IAS Exam Pattern and Syllabus, it is important to know the selection process as well. The selection of candidates is based on the cut-offs released by the commission after the preliminary examination and main examination. The candidates who qualify in the preliminary examination can sit for UPSC Main examination. The Prelims is only qualifying in nature to screen out candidates for the mains. Similarly, a cut off is released according to which qualified candidates are called for the interview session. The final selection of the candidates is made on the marks secured by the candidates in the mains and interview. Therefore, a candidate must score maximum marks possible in the mains. Moreover, it is important to qualify in the Interview or Personality Test.

UPSC IAS How To Prepare?

By going through this article, you must be aware of the UPSC IAS Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Becoming an IAS Officer is not the effort of a single day but it is the effort of months. It takes blood and sweat to get through IAS Exam. Any IAS Aspirant has to work with utmost sincerity and dedication to be eligible to be called a civil servant. Initially, any aspirant is a bit confused as to where do they begin to study and how do they study. Well, it is important to make a study plan, know the syllabus and exam pattern first. Cracking the UPSC Exam does not only requires the book knowledge but it also requires the knowledge of the latest happenings of the world as well. This is why a candidate needs to read the current affairs as the candidates overall personality is tested in the last stage which is the Personality or the interview.  Only then you would be able to make a strategy to ace in the exam. To make it easy for our readers we bring to you some of the tips which is essential for the aspirants.

  1. Time Table: Prepare a study plan and follow it with utmost sincerity without giving it a miss. Making a timetable will ease your preparation and make it more streamlined. With deadlines, you would work better and complete the syllabus faster.
  2. Reading Newspapers: Undoubtedly, the newspapers serve as the best means of current affairs. Maintain the habit of reading newspapers and magazines to keep yourself updated with the current issues. Moreover, it also helps to develop the habit of knowing the best points to write in essays as well as in personality test.
  3. Choosing Optional: To choose a subject for the optional paper, the candidate should choose the subject in which he/she has an interest, Prior knowledge in it/academic background.
  4. Books For IAS: Read the NCERT books of class 6 to 12th thoroughly. A major no. of marks can be secured if you are thorough with the NCERT Textbook. Apart from the NCERT books, the aspirants have to prepare themselves from the books that are available in the market.
  5. Mock Test: Enroll for IAS mock test series as giving the regular mock test will help you to get hold of the type of questions that would come in the UPSC Exam.
  6. Writing: Practice the habit of writing as you have to write a paper in 3 hours. Therefore, time management is really important. Moreover, the more you write the better you would become and remember the important points.

For details on each subject from the optional subject, please click the link to check the UPSC IAS mains syllabus

Updates of the notifications related to UPSC IAS and other posts can be accessed through the official website,  https://upsc.gov.in.
A well-prepared exam comprises thorough knowledge of the syllabus, previous year papers and/or mock papers. Hope this article would  prove useful for your preparation
All the best..!!

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UPSC IAS Syllabus 2020 Faq’s

Q 1. In how many shifts prelims exam will occur?

The prelims exam will be held in two shifts: Paper-I (General Studies) and Paper-II (CSAT).

Q 2. Is there any negative marking for the preliminary examination?

Yes, there is a negative marking scheme for both paper-I and paper-II. Deduction of 1/3rd mark for Paper I and 0.83 marks for paper-II.

Q 3. Is the Prelims and UPSC Mains Syllabus different?

Candidates must note that every stage have different syllabus, check the UPSC IAS Syllabus here.

Q 4. What is the time duration for each paper for the Prelims exam?

Each prelims exam will be of 2 hours

Q 5.What is the date for the Mains examination?

The mains exam will be held in the month of October 2020 tentatively. The final date will be updated by the authorities soon.

The West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) appoints candidates in the West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS). The WBCS is one of the major exams conducted by the West Bengal State Govt. The WBCS Exam is also known as the W.B.C.S.(Executive).

WBCS recruits eligible candidates in Group-‘A’, Group-‘B’, Group-‘C’ and Group-‘D’ Services. Every year candidates in large nos. apply for the WBCS Exam. In order to be eligible to work in WBCS, it is important to get enlightened with the syllabus and the exam pattern.  Therefore, for the convenience of the WBCS job aspirants, we have discussed in detail the syllabus as well as the exam pattern for WBCS Exam or WBCS Exec. 

WBCS Syllabus 2020

The WBCS Exam Pattern comprises of three stages:
|| Preliminary Exam|Mains Exam|Interview ||

  1. The WBCS Prelims consists of one paper only i.e., General Studies. There is no Aptitude Test, unlike various other state Public Service Commission Exams.
  2. The WBCS Mains Exam has six compulsory papers and one optional subject which comprises of two papers to be attempted by the candidates.
  3. Optional Subjects are taken by candidates who opt for “Group A and Group B Services”.

WBCS Exam Pattern

The WBCS Exam Pattern is given below. The WBCS Prelims is of  200 marks while the WBCS Mains is of 200 marks each for all the papers. The WBCS Exam Pattern is given below.

Stage  Name of the exam Type of exam Number of question papers Marks
I Preliminary Exam Objective General Studies 200
II Mains Objective+Conventional
  1. Paper-I (Conventional Type)
  2. Paper-II (Conventional)
  3. Paper-III (Objective)
  4. Paper-IV (Objective)
  5. Paper-V (Objective)
  6. Paper-VI
  7. Paper-VII & VIII (Optional)
200 (each) for Paper I to VI 400 for Paper VII and VIII
III Personality Test Interview 200

WBCS Prelims Exam Pattern

The WBCS Prelims Exam Pattern is given below. The WBCS Prelims Exam is of a total of 200 marks. GK Questions ranging from Science, History, Geography, Current Affairs, Polity, are asked. In this paper Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) are asked.

Subject  Marks No.of Questions Duration 
English Composition 25 25 2 Hours
General Science 25 25
Current events of National & International Importance 25 25
History of India 25 25
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal 25 25
Indian Polity and Economy 25 25
Indian National Movement 25 25
General Mental Ability 25 25
Total 200 200 2 Hours

WBCS Syllabus for Prelims Exam

The Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a Screening Test only for the purpose of selection of candidates for the Main Examination. The marks obtained in this examination by the candidates will not be considered for final selection. The WBCS Prelims Exam consists of only one paper, i.e. “General Studies”.

WBCS Prelims Syllabus

The WBCS Prelims Syllabus comprises of eight subjects/ topics with 200 (MCQ’s) and the duration of the exam is 2 hours. The Prelims is only a screening test, and its marks are not considered for final selection. The  Prelims Exam tests the knowledge of the candidate. The WBCS Prelims Syllabus for eight (8) topics is discussed below.

Subject Topic
English Composition
  1. Synonyms and Antonyms
  2. Idioms and Phrases
  3. Vocabulary Test
  4. Phrasal Verbs
  5. Homophones
  6. Fill in the qualifying words
General Science
  1. General appreciation
  2. Understanding of science
  3. Matters of everyday observation
  4. Experience expected from an educated person not having made special studies of scientific disciplines.
Current events of National & International Importance
  1. Awards & Honours, Latest Appointments & Discoveries.
  2. Significant events affecting India and its relations with the world
History of India
  1. Emphasis will be on the broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects.
Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal
  1. Physical, Social and Economic Geography of the country.
  2. Main features of Indian Agricultural and Natural Resources with special reference to West Bengal
Indian Polity and Economy
  1. Knowledge of the country’s Political System, Panchayati Raj.
  2. Community Development
  3. Planning in India
Indian National Movement
  1. Nature and character of the Nineteenth Century Resurgence
  2. Growth of Nationalism
  3. Attainment of Independence.
General Mental Ability
  1. Logical perception & understanding.
  2. Common Aptitude
  3. Natural conclusion.

WBCS Mains Exam Pattern

There are six compulsory subjects in WBCS Mains Exam and one paper is optional. The optional paper comprises of two papers. The optional paper is to be chosen by the candidates who will be opting to join Group A and Group B services. Each of these papers will consist of 200 marks of 3 hours each. The WBCS Mains Exam Pattern is given below.

WBCS Mains Exam Paper Compulsory  Papers Marks
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Paper-I Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali 200 200 200 200
Paper-II English 200 200 200 200
Paper-III General Studies-I 200 200 200 200
Paper-IV General Studies-II 200 200 200 200
Paper-V The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India 200 200 200 200
Paper-VI Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning 200 200 200 200
Paper-VII Optional Subject – One subject to be chosen 400 400

WBCS Syllabus for Mains Exam

The Main Examination shall consist of six compulsory papers and one optional paper. The optional paper will have two papers to be chosen by the candidates. Out of six compulsory papers four papers i.e. (i) General Studies- I, (ii) General Studies- II, (iii) The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India and (iv) Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning will be of MCQ Type to be answered in OMR answer sheets and remaining two compulsory papers i.e. Paper – I and Paper – II will be of conventionally written exam.

For Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ Services & Posts: All 6 compulsory papers and one optional subject consisting of two papers.
For Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ Services & Posts: All 6 compulsory papers.

 

WBCS Mains Exam Syllabus

Paper I

Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from English to Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali.

Paper II

English – Letter writing (within 150 words) / Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Précis Writing, Composition and Translation from Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali to English

Paper III

General Studies-I : (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal.

Paper IV

General Studies-II Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and
Current Affairs.

Paper V

The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India.

Paper VI

Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning. The Compulsory Mathematics paper will be of the standard of Madhyamik Examination of the Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal.

Paper VII

Optional Paper: This will comprise of two papers. The list of optional papers that a candidate can choose is given below. The candidates can choose any one of the subjects given below.

Subject Code
Bengali 1
Hindi 2
Sanskrit 3
English 4
Pali 5
Arabic 6
Persian 7
French 8
Urdu 9
Santali 10
Comparative Literature 11
Agriculture 12
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science 13
Anthropology 14
Botany 15
Chemistry 16
Civil Engineering 17
Commerce and Accountancy 18
Computer Science 19
Economics 20
Electrical Engineering 21
Geography 22
Geology 23
History 24
Law 25
Mathematics 26
Management 27
Mechanical Engineering 28
Medical Science 29
Philosophy 30
Physiology 31
Physics 32
Political Science 33
Psychology 34
Sociology 35
Statistics 36
Zoology 37

Personality Test

The candidates selected in order of merit on the results of the Main Exam for all the services and posts included in Groups A, B, C and D shall have to appear at a Personality Test. Each candidate will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The objective of the test will be to assess the candidate’s personal qualities e.g., alertness of mind, power of clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, leadership and also the candidate’s range of interests.

Note: No separate Personality Test will be held for different groups viz. Group-‘A’, Group-‘B’, Group-‘C’ and Group-‘D’ in respect of a candidate. Marks will be awarded according to different services against allotted full marks for Personality Test.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020 is discussed here. The Union Public Service Commission has released the Syllabus 2020 for the post of Employees Provident Fund Organisation, Enforcement Officer/Accounts Officer along with the notification. UPSC is going to conduct the  EPFO Enforcement officer written exam on 4th October 2020. Before start preparing for the exam, it becomes very important to know about the UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020. Check all the details related to the UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020 here and get benefited.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Exam Pattern

The UPSC EPFO Exam consists of 2 exam namely written exam and interview. The written exam is of scoring and screening nature, it is used to weed out the non serious candidates. Those candidates who qualify the written exam will be called for the Interview process.

Exam Marks Weightage
Written Exam 100 75%
Interview 100 25%

Important Points:

  1. The Written test will be of two hours duration.
  2. All questions are of equal marks.
  3. The test will contain objective type questions with multiple choices of answers.
  4. The medium of the test will be both Hindi and English.
  5. There will be penalty for wrong answers. Every wrong answer will carry a deduction of one-third of the marks assigned to that question. If no answer is marked for a question, there will be no penalty for that question.

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UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Written Test

UPSC has divided the syllabus into a few topics. Aspirants can check the UPSC EPFO Written Test topics in the table below:

UPSC EPFO Written Test Syllabus Topics
1 General English
2 Indian Freedom Struggle
3 Current Events and Developmental Issues
4 Indian Polity & Economy
5 General Accounting principles
6 Industrial Relations & Labour Laws
7 General Science & knowledge of Computer applications
8 General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude
9 Social Security in India

Aspirants can check the elaborated syllabus of each topics in the subsequent paragraphs.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: General English

  1. Cloze Test,
  2. Error Spotting,
  3. Fill in the Blanks,
  4. Para Jumbles,
  5. Phrases/ Idioms,
  6. Phrase replacement,
  7. Reading comprehension,
  8. Sentence completion/ para completion,
  9. Spellings,
  10. Synonyms/Antonyms.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Indian Freedom Struggle

  1. The Carnatic Wars,
  2. Invasion of Bengal,
  3. The three Anglo-Maratha Wars.
  4. Regulating and Pitt’s India Acts.
  5. Early composition of the British raj.
  6. The 1857 Revolt-reasons, character, course and result,
  7. Indian Freedom struggle the first stage
  8. Growth of national consciousness
  9. Creation of Associations,
  10. Establishment of the Indian National Congress and its Moderate stage,
  11. Swadeshi Movement,
  12. Economic Nationalism,
  13. The development of Extremism and the split in Congress
  14. The policy of Divide and Rule
  15. Congress-League Pact of 1916.
  16. Civil Disobedience,
  17. Khilafat movement,
  18. Non-Cooperation Movement,
  19. Quit India Movement,
  20. Subhash Chandra Bose,
  21. Indian National Army.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Current Events and Developmental Issues

Current events basically refers to as the daily current affairs that are important from exam point of view. Developmental Issues confine to the schemes and laws made public by the government to maintain the decorum and for the ease of run of the constitution. developmental issues also covers the yojana’s revealed by the government for the betterment of the public.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Indian Polity and Economy

  1. Indian Constitution,
  2. Historical underpinnings,
  3. Amendments,
  4. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States,
  5. Parliament and State Legislatures: structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these,
  6. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes,
  7. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;
  8. Citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  9. Panchayati Raj,
  10. Public Policy,
  11. Rights Issues

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Economy

  1. Economic growth and development – basic concept and definition of economy and economics,
  2. Use and transfer of resources,
  3. Distributive effects,
  4. Macro Economy
  5. Micro economic,
  6. Inclusion: definition, relevance, types, financial inclusion, recent initiatives.
  7. Fiscal policy: definition, component, receipts, revenue and capital account, tax revenue, expenditure, budget.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: General Accounting principles

  1. Principles of Accounting,
  2. Analyzing and Recording Transactions,
  3. Adjustments and Financial Statements,
  4. Completion of the accounting cycles,
  5. Subsidiary Ledgers
  6. Special Journals.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Industrial Relations and Labour Laws

Enforcement Officer Syllabus 2020: Labour Laws

  • About,
  • Types
  • Areas implemented
  • sectors applicable
  • overview

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Industrial Relations

  • Industrial relations code (IRC) Bill
  • Model of labour reforms.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: General Science and Knowledge of Computer

UPSC Enforcement Officer Syllabus 2020: General Science:

  •  Physics,
  • Chemistry
  • Life Science

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Computer Applications 

  • Computer organisations
  • Operating Systems
  • Database management
  • Data structures
  • Data communications
  • Computer networks

UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2020: Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number Systems
  • Percentage
  • Profit & Loss
  • Average
  • Ratio
  • SI & CI
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables)
  • Data sufficiency
  • Syllogism
  • Puzzles & More

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AP Police SI Syllabus 2020: The Andhra Pradesh State Level Police Recruitment Board will conduct the recruitment for 11,356 vacancies of constables and 340 Vacancies of Sub Inspector (SI) in the year 2020. The official notification is expected to be released by the Board in the upcoming months. The last time recruitment was made for the post of Andhra Pradesh Police was in 2018. Therefore, on the basis of the previous year’s recruitment, check out the Andhra Pradesh Police SI Exam Pattern and Syllabus. The changes will be updated after the official notification is released.

AP Police SI Syllabus

AP Police SI Syllabus is discussed here in detail. The AP Police SI Exam comprises the following three stages:

  1. Preliminary Written Test
  2. Physical Measurement Test or PMT
  3. Physical Efficiency Test or PET
  4. Final Written Examination

The Prelims Test is of Objective type. The PMT and PET are to test the physical ability and endurance of the candidates. The Final Written Test will be of Descriptive Type Test.

AP Police SI Exam Pattern For Prelims

The AP Police SI Exam Prelims Pattern is discussed here. This is the screening round. Candidates who qualify this round will have to appear for the next stage. It consists of two papers each of a duration of three hours. The total marks is 200.

Paper Subject Type of Question Marks Duration
I Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning /
Mental Ability
Objective 100 3 hours
II General Studies Objective 100 3 hours
Total 200 200 6 hours

The candidates will have to secure a cut off marks which will be decided by the commission to be eligible to appear for the next round.

 

AP Police SI Syllabus For Prelims

The candidates clearing the Prelims will have to appear for the Physical Measurement Test. The AP Police Prelims Exam will have 2 Papers Objective in nature. The two papers are

  1. Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning /Mental Ability
  2. General Ability

The syllabus for the AP Police SI Prelims Exam is given below.

AP Police SI Syllabus For Paper I

Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Percentage
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio and Percentage
  • HCF, LCM
  • Time and Work
  • Time and Distance
  • Mensuration and Geometry
  • Number Series
  • Work & Wages
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-verbal Reasoning
  • Blood Relations
  • Ordering and Ranking
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Code Inequalities
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Similarities and Differences

 

 

AP Police SI Syllabus For Paper II

Paper II consists of 100 MCQ’s for a duration of 3 hours. The syllabus for Paper II General Studies is given below.

  • Current Affairs
  • Awards and Honours
  • General Science: Physics, Chemistry, Zoology & Botany
  • History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern History
  • Geography of India with the main emphasis on the geography of Andhra Pradesh
  • Indian Polity and Economy

AP Police SI Physical Measurement Test

The candidates who will clear the Prelims Written Test will undergo the Physical Measurement Test or PET. The candidates should meet the following requirements:

Criteria Male Female
Height Not Less Than 167.6 Not Less Than 152.5
Chest  Must not be less than 86.3 cm around the chest
on full inspiration with a minimum expansion of 5 cm.
Not Applicable
Weight Not Applicable Not less than 40 kgs

AP Police SI Physical Efficiency Test

Candidates who fulfill the above mentioned PMT will now undergo Physical Efficiency Test. This test is done to check the physical ability of the candidates. The candidates will be evaluated on a total of 100 marks.

Event Qualifying Time/ Distance
General Ex.Serviceman Women
100 meters run 15 Seconds 16.5 Seconds 18 Seconds
Long Jump 3.80 mtrs 3.65 mtrs 2.75 mtrs
1600 meters run 1600 meters run 9 Minutes 30 Sec 10 minutes 30 Sec

AP Police SI Exam Pattern For Final Exam

The candidates who will pass each of the tests will then have to appear for the final written test. There will be four papers. The final written test will be of 400 marks each of three hours duration.

Paper Subject Marks Duration
I English 100 3 hours each
II Telugu 100
III Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning / Mental Ability 100
IV General Studies 100
Total 400

Questions in Papers III & IV will be objective in nature and will be set in English, Telugu and Urdu languages. Candidates have to answer the questions on an OMR answer sheet using Blue/ Black Ball Point pen only. For this purpose candidates should bring Blue / Black Ball Point pens along with them.

AP Police SI Syllabus For Final Exam

The AP Police Syllabus For the Final Test will have Four Papers.

  1. English
  2. Telugu
  3. Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning / Mental Ability
  4. General Studies

The total marks in this paper will be 400.

Paper I: English (Descriptive Type)

  • Precis.
  • Comprehension
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Synonyms-Antonyms
  • Idioms and Provers
  • Letter writing.
  • Paragraph writing/report writing.
  • Translation from English to Telugu etc.

Paper II: Telugu (Descriptive Test)

  • Essay
  • Comprehension and Précis
  • Letter writing
  • Paragraph writing/report writing
  • Translation from Telugu to English

Paper III: Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning / Mental Ability

Arithmetic: HCF/LCM, Number System, Boats and Streams, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Time and Wages, Mensuration, Algebra, Partnership, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Average, Data Interpretation.

Reasoning: Verbal & Non-verbal, Analogy, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Direction, Problem-solving, Visual Memory Question, Paper Folding, etc

Paper IV: General Studies

This will include questions from GK. It will include static GK, Geography of India with particular emphasis on geography of Andhra Pradesh, Polity and Economy, General Science, etc.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus 2020: The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) conducts the Combined Civil Services Examination-II (CCSE-II) to shortlist candidates for recruitment to various Civil Services in Tamil Nadu. TNPSC conducts CCSE-II exams for different posts under Group 2 and 2A. The significance of TNPSC Group 2 and TNPSC Group 2A can be defined as under:

  • Group 2 (Interview Posts): Selection of candidates for vacancies released under Group 2 is done on the basis of the preliminary exam, main written exam, and Interview/Personality Test.
  • Group 2A (Non-Interview Posts): Selection of candidates for vacancies released under Group 2A is done based on marks obtained in them in the written exam only.

TNPSC Group-2 and 2A services notification are likely to release in June 2020.

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Highlights

Name of the Exam Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Group 2 Exam
Frequency of Exam Once a year
TNPSC Group 2 Selection Process
  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview (only for Group 2 Posts)
Total Marks
  • Prelims: 300 Marks
  • Mains: 300 Marks
  • Interview: 40 Marks
Duration of Exam
  • Prelims: 3 hours
  • Mains: 3 hous+1 hour 30 minutes
Language of Exam English, Tamil
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Counselling Offline

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: Exam Pattern

The TNPSC Group 2 Exam will be held in 3 phases:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains: This will comprise of 2 papers: Paper I and Paper II.
  3. Interview: The interview will be held for the candidates who wish to appear or as per the cut off set by the Commission.
    Group 2 (Interview Posts): Selection of candidates for vacancies released under Group 2 is done on the basis of the preliminary exam, main written exam, and Interview/Personality Test.
    Group 2A (Non-Interview Posts): Selection of candidates for vacancies released under Group 2A is done based on marks obtained in them in the written exam only.

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The TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern is discussed below.

Subject Duration Maximum marks Qualifying Marks
Preliminary Exam 3 hours 300 90
Mains Exam:
Paper I
1 hour 30 minutes 100 25
Mains Exam:
Paper II
3 hours 300
  • 90 out of 300 marks for Non-interview Post
  • 102 out of 340 For Interview Post
    (300 + 40 marks of interview)
Interview 40 marks

TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam Pattern

Before we discuss the TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus, let us first look into the TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern For the Prelims Exam.

  • The TNPSC Prelims will have 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s).
  • All the questions will be available in both the English and Tamil languages.
  • 175 questions are from the general studies section and the remaining 25 questions from aptitude and mental ability test section.
  • The duration of the TNPSC Prelims Exam is 3 hours of a maximum of 300 marks.
  • The minimum qualifying marks for TNPSC Prelims Exam is 90 out of 300.
Subject Duration Maximum marks Number of questions
General Studies
(Degree standard)
3 hours 300 175 items
Aptitude and Mental Ability
Test
(S.S.L.C. Std)
25 items
Total 200

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus For Prelims

The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Syllabus will have 200 Objective Type Questions.

  • The General studies section has 175 questions from the graduation level.
  • Aptitude and Mental Ability test section has 25 questions and will be given from SSLC standard level.

The Subjects for the TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus is listed below.

General Science Current Events
Geography of India History & Culture of India
Indian Polity Indian Economy
Indian National Movement History, Culture, Heritage
and Socio-Political Movements in Tamil Nadu
Development Administration in Tamil Nadu Aptitude and Mental Ability

TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Syllabus 2020

Let us now discuss each of the topics of the TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus For the Prelims in detail.

Unit 1: General Science

  • Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper – Power of Reasoning – Rote   Learning Vs Conceptual Learning – Science as a   tool to understand the past, present, and future.
  • Nature of Universe – General Scientific Laws – Mechanics – Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy – Everyday application of the basic principles of Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light,   Sound,   Heat,   Nuclear   Physics,     Laser, Electronics and Communications.
  • Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Petroleum Products, Fertilizers, Pesticides.
  • Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms, Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Health, and Hygiene, Human Diseases.
  • Environment and Ecology.

Unit 2: Current Events

  1. History – Latest diary of events – National symbols – Profile of States – Eminent personalities and places in the news – Sports – Books and authors.
  2. Polity – Political parties and political system in India – Public awareness and General administration – Welfare oriented Government schemes and their utility, Problems in Public Delivery Systems.
  3. Geography – Geographical landmarks.
  4. Economics – Current socio-economic issues.
  5. Science – Latest inventions in Science and Technology.

Unit 3: Geography In India

  1. Location – Physical features – Monsoon, rainfall, weather, and climate – Water resources – Rivers in India – Soil, minerals, and natural resources – Forest and wildlife – Agricultural pattern.
  2. Transport – Communication.
  3. Social geography – Population density and distribution – Racial, linguistic groups, and major tribes.
  4. Natural calamity – Disaster Management – Environmental pollution: Reasons and preventive measures – Climate change – Green energy.

Unit 4: History and Culture Of India

  1. Indus valley civilization – Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals, and Marathas – Age of Vijayanagaram and Bahmani Kingdoms – South Indian History.
  2. Change and Continuity in the Socio-Cultural History of India.
  3. Characteristics of Indian culture, Unity in diversity – Race, language, Custom.
  4. India as a Secular State, Social Harmony.

Unit 5: Indian Polity

  1. Constitution of India – Preamble to the Constitution – Salient features of the Constitution – Union, State, and Union Territory.
  2. Citizenship, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy.
  3. Union Executive,  Union  legislature  –  State  Executive,   State Legislature – Local governments, Panchayat
  4. Spirit of Federalism: center-state Relationship.
  5. Election – Judiciary in India – Rule of law.
  6. Corruption in public life – Anti-corruption measures – Lokpal and Lokayukta – Right to Information – Empowerment of women – Consumer protection forums, Human rights charter.

Unit 6: Indian Economy

  1. Nature of Indian economy – Five-year plan models – an assessment – Planning Commission and Niti Ayog.
  2. Sources of revenue – Reserve Bank of India – Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy – Finance Commission – Resource sharing between Union and State Governments – Goods and Services Tax.
  3. Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation, Land reforms and Agriculture – Application of Science and Technology in agriculture – Industrial growth – Rural welfare oriented programs – Social problems – Population, education, health, employment, Poverty.

Unit 7: Indian National Movement

  1. National renaissance – Early uprising against British rule – Indian National Congress – Emergence of leaders – B.R.Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Bharathiar, V.O.ChidambaranarJawaharlal Nehru, Kamarajar, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Thanthai Periyar, Rajaji, Subash Chandra Bose, and others.
  2. Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant movements.
  3. Communalism and partition.

Unit 8: History, Culture, Heritage and Socio-Political Movements in Tamil Nadu

  • History of Tamil Society, related Archaeological discoveries, Tamil Literature from Sangam age till contemporary times.
  • Thirukkural :

(a)  Significance as Secular literature
(b) Relevance to Everyday Life
(c) Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity
(d) Thirukkural and  Universal  Values  – Equality, Humanism, etc
(e) Relevance to Socio – Politico-Economic affairs
(f) Philosophical content in Thirukkural

  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Early agitations against British Rule – Role of women in freedom
  • Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political movements in Tamil Nadu  –  Justice  Party,  Growth  of  Rationalism  –  Self Respect Movement, Dravidian movement and Principles underlying both these movements, Contributions of Thanthai Periyar and Perarignar

Unit 9: Development Administration in Tamil Nadu

  1. Human Development Indicators in Tamil Nadu and a comparative assessment across the Country – Impact of Social Reform movements in the Socio-Economic Development of Tamil Nadu.
  2. Political parties and Welfare schemes for various sections of people – Rationale behind Reservation Policy and access to Social Resources – Economic trends in Tamil Nadu – Role and impact of social welfare schemes in the Socio-economic development of Tamil Nadu.
  3. Social Justice and Social Harmony as the Cornerstones of  Socio-Economic Development.
  4. Education and Health systems in Tamil Nadu.
  5. Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic growth.
  6. Achievements of Tamil Nadu in various fields.
  7. E-governance in Tamil Nadu.

Unit 10: Aptitude and Mental Ability

  1. Simplification – Percentage – Highest Common Factor (HCF) – Lowest Common Multiple (LCM).
  2. Ratio and Proportion.
  3. Simple interest – Compound interest – Area – Volume – Time and Work.
  4. Logical Reasoning – Puzzles – Dice – Visual Reasoning – Alphanumeric Reasoning – Number Series.

TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern For Mains

The TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam Pattern will have two papers: Paper I and Paper II. Both the papers will have different qualifying marks and exam duration.

  • TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam holds utmost importance as the marks secured by the candidates in this Exam is considered for the Final Selection.
  • This will have 2 papers: Paper I and Paper II.
  • Part A – It has 2 questions from Tamil to English Translation and English to Tamil Translation.
  • Part B – It has 10 questions from Precis Writing, Comprehension, Hints Development and Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’ and Letter writing.
  • Paper I will be of 100 marks of 1 hour 30 minutes duration.
  • Paper II will be of 300 marks of 3 hour duration.
  • Answer sheets of the candidates who do not secure minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I will not be considered for the evaluation of Paper-II
  • Minimum 102 and 90 marks required to qualify in group 2 and group 2A main exams respectively.
  • TNPSC Group 2 exam is bilingual that available in both the English and Tamil languages.

TNPSC Group 2 Exam Pattern For Mains

TNPSC Gr 2 Mains Paper- I
Paper No. of Questions Marks Total Marks Remarks
Tamil to English
Translation
2 25 50
  • Total Marks -100
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks – 25
English to Tamil
Translation
2 25 50
TNPSC Gr 2 Mains Paper- II
Precis Writing 3 20 60  

  • Total Marks: 300
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks: Check Below
  • This part has to be answered
    fully in Tamil or in English
    alone.
Comprehension 3 20 60
Hints
Development
3 20 60
Essay Writing
on ‘Thirukkural’
3 20 60
Letter writing
(Official)
3 20 60

Qualifying Marks For TNPSC Group 2 Mains Paper 2 Exam

Interview Post Non-Interview Post
  • Main Written Examination: 300 Marks
  • Oral Test: 40 Marks
  • Total Marks: 300+40 = 340 Marks
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks
    for all Communities: 102 out of 340
  • Main Written Examination: 300 Marks
  • Total Marks: 300
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks
    for all Communities: 90 out of 300

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus For Mains Exam

The TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam will be written in nature. It comprises of two papers: Paper I and Paper II.

  • Paper I has 2 questions from Tamil to English Translation and English to Tamil Translation.
  • Paper II has 10 questions from Precis Writing, Comprehension, Hints Development and Essay Writing on ‘Thirukkural’ and Letter writing.

Let us look at the TNPSC Group 2 Mains Syllabus.

TNPSC Group 2 Paper-I Syllabus

  1. Title 1 – Tamil to English translation
  2. Title 2 – English to Tamil translation

TNPSC Group 2 Paper-II Syllabus

  1. Title 1 – Precis writing
  2. Title 2 – Comprehension
  3. Title 3 – Hints Development
  4. Title 4 – Essay writing on the following topics from ‘Thirukkural’
    (a) Significance as a Secular literature
    (b) Relevance to Everyday Life
    (c) Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity
    (d) Thirukkural and Universal Values – Equality,
    Humanism, etc.
    (e) Relevance to Socio- Political- Economic affairs
    (f) Philosophical content in Thirukkural
  5. Title 5 – Letter writing – Official

TNPSC Group 2 Syllabus: FAQ’s

Q. What is TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. TNPSC Group 2 Exam is Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission which is responsible for conducting CCSE-II exams for different posts under Group 2 (Interview Posts) and 2A (Non-Interview Posts).

Q. What is the process of selection for the TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. The candidates are selected on the basis of the following stages of exam. The candidates will have to clear each stage of the exam to move to the next stage.

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview (only for Group 2 Posts)

The Interview is held only for Group 2 Posts.

Q.  What is the marking scheme for TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam will be of 300 Marks, Mains will have two papers out of which Paper-I will be qualifying in nature of 100 marks, Paper-II will be of 300 Marks, and the interview will carry 40 marks.

Q. If I do not clear Paper I of the TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam, then will the Paper-II be corrected?

Ans. No, your answer sheet for TNPSC Group 2 Mains Exam for Paper-II will not be evaluated if you do not secure the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I.

Q. What is the qualifying marks for TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. The qualifying marks for TNPSC Group 2 Exam is as follows:

Prelims Exam is 90 out of 300 marks
Mains Exam is 90 out of 300 marks for Non-interview Post and 102 out of 340 marks For Interview Post.

Q. Will the TNPSC Group 2 Exam be Objective Type or Descriptive?

Ans. The TNPSC Group 2 Prelims Exam will be Multiple Choice Questions, whereas, the Mains Exam will be descriptive in nature. The Interview will be verbal.

Q. Will the TNPSC Group 2 Exam be conducted online or offline?

Ans. The TNPSC Group 2 Exam will be conducted offline.

Q. What is the language of the TNPSC Group 2 Exam?

Ans. The TNPSC Group 2 Exam will be conducted in English and Tamil.

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus 2020: Tamil Nadu Public Services Commission (TNPSC) conducts the combined civil services examination – 4 (Group-IV) for direct recruitment of candidates in the following services in the state of Tamil Nadu:

  • Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service
  • Tamil Nadu Judicial Ministerial Service
  • Tamil Nadu Survey and Land Records Subordinate Service
  • Tamil Nadu Secretariat Service
  • Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat Service

TNPSC recruits candidates for the post of Village Administrative Officer (VAO), Junior Assistant (Non – Security & Security), Bill Collector, Grade-I, Field Surveyor, Draftsman, Typist, Steno-Typist(Grade-III). In this article we have discussed in detail, the TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus and Exam Pattern.

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus 2020: Exam Pattern

Before we get into the TNPSC Group IV Syllabus, let us first have a look at the Exam Pattern.

Exam Type Subjects No. of Questions Marks Minimum Qualifying Marks Duration
Objective (OMR) General Studies (75 items) 75 300 90 3 Hours
Aptitude Test (25 items) 25
General Tamil / General English
(100 items)
100
Total (200 items) 200 300

Points To Note For TNPSC Group IV Exam

  • The TNPSC Group 4 Prelims Exam will be conducted in offline mode.
  • The candidates have to mark the answers on the OMR sheet provided to them by the exam body.
  • After conducting the exam successfully, the TNPSC Answer Key is released. It gives the candidates to tally their answers and thereby raise objections if any.
  • Two types of question papers will be set.
    Type- 1:-: General Studies (75 items) + Aptitude & Mental Ability Test (25 items) and General
    English (100 items).
    Type-2:-: General Studies (75 items) + Aptitude & Mental Ability Test (25 items) and General
    Tamil (100 items)
  • Candidates are given the option to choose either General Tamil or General English for answering the second 100 items apart from answering the first (75+25)100 items on General Studies and Aptitude & Mental Ability Test
  • There is no negative marking in the TNPSC Group 4 exam.

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus

The TNPSC Group 4 syllabus comprises of the following sections.

    1. General Studies
    2. Aptitude and Mental Ability test
  1. General English/General Tamil

Two types of question papers will be set.
Type- 1:-: General Studies (75 items) + Aptitude & Mental Ability Test (25 items) and General English (100 items).
Type-2:-: General Studies (75 items) + Aptitude & Mental Ability Test (25 items) and General Tamil (100 items)

Out of the two types, the candidates are given the choice to opt for any one of them. The sections wise syllabus has been explained below in detail.

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus: General Studies

General Studies is the most common section among all the government exam across the nation, especially in civil services exams.

General Studies

The TNPSC Group IV General Studies comprises of the following subjects:

  1. General Science
  2. Current Events
  3. Geography
  4. History and Culture of India and Tamil Nadu
  5. Indian Polity
  6. Indian Economy
  7. Indian National Movement

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus: General Studies Topics

Subject Topic
Physics
  1. Nature of  Universe
  2. General Scientific laws
  3. Inventions and discoveries
  4. National scientific laboratories
  5. Force, motion and energy
  6. Magnetism, Electricity and Electronics
  7. Physical quantities, standards and units
  8. Heat, light and sound
  9. Mechanics and properties of matter
Chemistry
  1. Elements and Compounds
  2. Acids, bases and salts
  3. Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides..
Botany
  1. Main Concepts of life science
  2. Classification of the living organism
  3. Nutrition and dietetics
  4. Respiration
Zoology
  1. Blood and blood circulation
  2. Reproductive system
  3. Environment, Ecology, health and hygiene
  4. Human diseases including communicable and non – communicable diseases -prevention and remedies
  5. Animals,  plants and human life.

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus: Current Affairs

Subject Topic
History
  1. Latest diary of events-national
  2. National symbols
  3. Profile of States
  4. Eminent persons & places in news
  5. Sports & games
  6. Books & authors
  7. Awards & honors’
  8. India and its neighbours.
Political Science
  1. Problems in conduct of public elections
  2. Political parties and political system in India
  3. Public awareness & General administration
  4. Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility.
Geography
  1. Geographical landmarks
Economics Current socio-economic problems
Science Latest inventions on science & technology

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus Geography

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus Geography Topics
Earth and  Universe – Solar system-Monsoon,  rainfall,  weather  &  climate Water resources – rivers in India-Soil, minerals & natural resources Forest & wildlife-Agricultural pattern
Transport including surface transport & communication Social geography – population-density and distribution Natural calamities – Disaster Management.

TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus: History and Culture of India and Tamil Nadu

  1. Indus valley civilization
  2. Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas
  3. Age of Vijayanagaram and the Bahmanis
  4. South Indian History
  5. Culture and Heritage of Tamil people
  6. India since independence – Characteristics of Indian culture
  7. Unity in diversity – race, colour, language, custom-India-as secular state
  8. Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN
  9. Political parties and populist schemes.

 TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus: Indian Polity

Indian Polity Topics
 Constitution of India Topics The preamble to the constitution Salient features of Constitution
Citizenship-rights amend duties Fundamental rights Fundamental duties
Union, state and territory Union legislature Human Rights Charter
Parliament-State executive State Legislature Assembly – Local government –panchayat raj Tamil Nadu Judiciary in India
Rule  of law/Due process of law Official language and Schedule-VIII Corruption in public life
Anti-corruption measures – CVC, Lok- adalats, Ombudsman CAG Right to information
Empowerment of women Consumer protection forums.

TNPSC Group IV Syllabus: Indian Economy

  • Nature of Indian Economy
  • Five-year plan models – an assessment
  • Land reforms & agriculture – Application of Science in agriculture – Industrial growth
  • Rural welfare-oriented programmes
  • Social sector problems –population, education, health, employment, poverty
  • Economic trends in Tamil Nadu.

 TNPSC Group 4 Syllabus: Indian National Movement

  • National renaissance
  • Emergence of national leaders-Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore
  • Different modes of agitations
  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & others.

TNPSC Group IV Syllabus: Aptitude & Mental Ability

The syllabus for aptitude and mental ability is discussed below in the table that is given below.

Subject Topic
Mathematical Ability
  1. Conversion of information to data
  2. Collection, compilation and presentation of
    data
  3. Tables, graphs, diagrams
  4. Analytical interpretation of data
  5. Simplification
  6. Percentage
  7. Highest Common Factor (HCF)-Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
  8. Ratio and Proportion
  9. Simple interest-Compound interest
  10. Area and Volume
  11. Time and Work.
Logical Reasoning
  1. Puzzles-Dice
  2. Visual Reasoning
  3. Alphanumeric Reasoning
  4. Number Series.

TNPSC Group IV Syllabus General Engish Syllabus

There are 100 questions in the General English question paper. The TNPSC English Paper comprises of three parts: || Part A |Part B| Part C || The topics are as follows

Part A: Objective Type

Grammar Topics
Match the following words and Phrases given in Column A with their meanings in Column B. Choose the correct ‘Synonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given Choose the correct ‘Antonyms’ for the underlined word from the options given
Select the correct word (Prefix, Suffix Fill in the blanks with suitable Article Fill in the blanks with suitable Preposition
Select the correct Question Tag Select the correct Tense Select the correct Voice
Fill in the blanks (Infinitive, Gerund, Participle) Identify the sentence pattern of the following sentence (Subject, Verb, Object….) Blanks with correct ‘Homophones’
Find out the Error (Articles, Prepositions, Noun, Verb, Adjective and adverb) Comprehension Select the correct sentence
Find out the odd words (Verb, Noun, Adjective and Adverb) Select the correct Plural forms Identify the sentence (Simple, Compound, Complex Sentences)
Identify the correct Degree Forma new word by blending the words Form compound words (Eg: Noun+Verb, Gerund+Noun)

Part B

There are 100 questions in the General English question paper. The topics are as follows

Grammar Topics
Figures of speech observed in the following Poems : Appreciation Questions from Poetry 3. Important lines from Poems.
Questions on the Biography of Indian Personalities Questions on Shakespeare’s Plays: Merchant of Venice (Act IV Court Scene) – Julius Ceasar (Act III Scene 2) –
Sonnet 116
Questions from Oscar Wilde’s
The Model Millionaire – The Selfish Giant
Dr.Karl Paulnack
Music-The Hope Raiser
Comprehension Questions from the following Motivational Essays: Comprehension Questions from the following description of Places
British English – American English

Part C: Authors and their Literary Works

TNPSC Group IV Syllabus: General Tamil

  • Two types of question papers will be set.
    Type- 1:-: General Studies (75 items) + Aptitude & Mental Ability Test (25 items) and General
    English (100 items).
    Type-2:-: General Studies (75 items) + Aptitude & Mental Ability Test (25 items) and General
    Tamil (100 items)
  • Candidates are given the option to choose either General Tamil or General English for answering the second 100 items apart from answering the first (75+25)100 items on General Studies and Aptitude & Mental Ability Test.

MPSC Syllabus 2020: The Maharashtra State Government conducts various exams every year to recruit suitable candidates into the different wings of the state administration. The MPSC or Maharashtra Public Service Commission is one of the major exams conducted by the Maharashtra State Govt. The MPSC Exam is also known as the MPSC Rajyaseva Exam. It is responsible for conducting other examinations such as Subordinate Services, Class C Services, Engineering Services, Agriculture Services, Judicial Services, etc.

Every year candidates in large nos. apply for the MPSC Exam. In order to be eligible to work in MPSC, it is important to get acquainted with the syllabus and the exam pattern. Therefore, for the convenience of the MPSC job aspirants, we have provided the syllabus as well as the exam pattern for MPSC or MPSC Rajyaseva Exam 2020.

MPSC Syllabus: MPSC Exam Pattern

Before we get into the MPSC Syllabus, let us first have a look at the MPSC Exam Pattern. The Exam Pattern forms a major part of the recruitment process. It lets the govt. job aspirants to know the pattern of the exam and marks allotted to each of the exam papers.

The MPSC state services exam is conducted in three stages:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

A candidate has to clear one stage in order to be eligible for the subsequent stage, i.e, if he/she clears the prelims, he/she moves onto the mains, clearing which he/she would be summoned for the final stage (interview) of the MPSC exam. The MPSC Exam Pattern and Syllabus for each of the stages are explained below.

MPSC Syllabus: MPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

This is the first stage of the MPSC State Services Exam. Through this stage of the MPSC Exam, candidates are filtered to appear for the next stage of examination.

Paper No. of Questions Marks Standard Of Exam Duration Nature of Paper
Paper I 100 200 Degree 2 hours Objective
Paper II 80 200 A mix of Degree and School 2 hours Objective

Points To Note For MPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

  1. Marks of both papers will be considered for qualifying candidates for the mains exam.
  2. There is a negative marking of 1/3rd for every incorrect answer in Paper I and Paper II.
  3. The questions on decision making in Paper II has no negative marks if incorrectly answered.
  4. Candidates need to score minimum marks as decided by the commission to qualify for the mains exam.
  5. All the questions are set in English and Marathi except for those questions which are meant to test the candidate’s knowledge of English.

MPSC Syllabus: MPSC Prelims Syllabus

MPSC is a State Level Exam. Therefore a majority of questions that are asked focus on to the Maharastra. In this section MPSC Syllabus for the Prelims and the Mains has been discussed.

MPSC Prelims Paper I Syllabus

  1. Current events of state, national and international importance.
  2. History of India (with special reference to Maharashtra) and Indian National Movement.
  3. Maharashtra, India and world geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of Maharashtra, India and the World.
  4. Maharashtra and India – Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Urban Governance, Public Policy, Rights Issue, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  7. General Science

MPSC Prelims Paper II Syllabus

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision-making and problem-solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level)
  7. Marathi and English language comprehension skills (Class X/XII level) Questions relating to this will be tested through passages from Marathi and English language without providing cross translation thereof in the question paper.

MPSC Syllabus: MPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The MPSC Mains Exam comprises of six compulsory papers. Paper I and Paper II are language papers. Paper III to Paper VI are General Studies Papers. MPSC Exam does not comprise of any optional paper through a change made in 2012.

Paper Subject Total Marks Standard Duration Nature of Questions
I Marathi & English (Essay/Translation/Precis) 100 XII Std. 3 hours Descriptive
II Marathi & English (Grammar/Comprehension) 100 XII Std. 1 hour MCQs
III General Studies I 150 Degree 2 hours MCQs
IV General Studies II 150 Degree 2 hours MCQs
V General Studies III 150 Degree 2 hours MCQs
VI General Studies IV 150 Degree 2 hours MCQs

Points To Note For MPSC Mains Exam Pattern

  1. There is a negative marking in the objective question papers.
  2. Candidates need to attempt all the papers to qualify for the Interview round.
  3. This round is of great importance for the candidates as it is both scoring and qualifying in nature.

MPSC Syllabus: MPSC Mains Exam Syllabus

The MPSC Mains Syllabus For Paper I to Paper VI is given below.

MPSC Paper I Syllabus: Marathi and English (Essay/Translation/Precis)

Section 1: Marathi (50 marks) Section 2: English (50 marks)
  1. Essay writing – An essay on one out of the two given topics/subject (About 400 words)
  2. Translation – English paragraph to be translated into Marathi, approximately 1/2 page/2 paragraphs
  3. Precis writing
  1. Essay writing – An essay on one out of the two given topics/subject (About 400 words)
  2. Translation – Marathi paragraph to be translated into English, approximately 1/2 page/2 paragraphs
  3. Precis writing

Paper II: Marathi & English (Grammar and Comprehension)

Section 1: Marathi (50 marks) Section 2: English (50 marks)
  1. Grammar – Idioms, Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, Correct formation of words and sentences, Punctuation, etc
  2. Comprehension
    1. Grammar – Idioms, Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, Correct formation of words and sentences, Punctuation, etc
    2. Comprehension

Paper III: General Studies I (History & Geography) 

Subject Topic
History
  1. History of Modern India (1818-1857) particularly Maharashtra
  2. Establishment of British Rule in India
  3. Socio-Cultural Changes
  4. Emergence and growth of Indian nationalism
  5. Social and economic awakening
  6. National movement in Gandhi Era
  7. India after Independence
  8. Selected Social Reformers of Maharashtra
  9. Cultural Heritage of Maharashtra (Ancient to Modern)
Geography
  1. Physical Geography
  2. Economic Geography of Maharashtra
  3. Human and Social Geography of Maharashtra
  4. Environmental Geography
  5. Population Geography (with reference to Maharashtra)
  6. Remote Sensing
Geography and Agriculture
  1. Agroecology
  2. Climate
  3. Soils
  4. Water management

Paper IV: General Studies II (Indian Constitution and Indian Politics and Law) 

Subject Topic
General Studies II
(Indian Constitution and Indian Politics and Law)
  1. Constitution of India
  2. Amendment Procedure & Major Amendments to the Constitution
  3. Political System ( Structure, Powers and Functions of Governments )
  4. State Government and Administration (With Special Reference to Maharashtra)
  5. District Administration
  6. Rural and Urban Local Government
  7. Educational System
  8. Parties and Pressure Groups
  9. Media
  10. Electoral Process
  11. Administrative Law
  12. Central & State Government Privileges
  13. Some Pertinent Laws
  14. Social Welfare and Social Legislation
  15. Public Services
  16. Control over Public Expenditure

Paper V: General Studies III (Human Resource Development & Human Rights) 

Subject Topic
Human Resource Development
  1. Human Resource Development in India
  2. Education
  3. Vocational Education
  4. Health
  5. Rural Development
Human Rights
  1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR 1948)
  2. Child Development
  3. Women Development
  4. Youth Development
  5. Tribal Development Development for Socially deprived classes (SC, ST, VJ/NT, OBC etc. )
  6. Welfare for aged People- problems and issues
  7. Labour Welfare
  8. Welfare of disabled persons
  9. People’s Rehabilitations
  10. International and Regional Organisations
  11. Consumer Protection
  12. Values and Ethics

Paper VI: General Studies IV (Economy & Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology Development) 

Subject Topic
Economy and Planning
  1. Indian Economy
  2. Urban and Rural Infrastructure Development
  3. Industry
  4. Co-operation
  5. Economic reforms
  6. International Trade & International Capital Movements
  7. Measurement and estimate of poverty
  8. Factors determining employment
  9. Economy of Maharashtra
Economics of Development and Agriculture
  1. Macro Economics
  2. Public Finance and Financial Institutions
  3. Growth, Development and International Economics
  4. Indian Agriculture, Rural Development and Cooperation
  5. Agriculture
  6. Food and Nutrition
  7. Indian Industry, Infrastructure and Services Sector

 

Science and technology developments
  1. Energy
  2. Computer and Information Technology
  3. Space Technology
  4. Biotechnology
  5. Nuclear Policy of India
  6. Disaster Management

Interview

The candidates who qualify the MPSC Prelims and the Mains will be eligible to appear for the final round, Interview or the Personality Test. The candidates will be interviewed by a panel of competent and unbiased observers. This is more like a personality test where apart from knowledge, the candidate’s attributes such as aptitude, presence of mind, communication skills, etc. are evaluated.

The aim of the interview is to test not only the academic qualification of the candidate but also the mental ability and analytical ability of the candidates. The candidates must be aware of the latest current happenings throughout the world.

 

 

CDS Syllabus 2020: The “Combined Defence Services” (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October/November and June/July, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). To clear the examination, first, you need is the complete information of the pattern, syllabus and previous year exam analysis so that it would become easy for you to analyse the examination and to prepare a strategy further.

CDS Syllabus 2020: Overview

Mode of exam Offline
Number of sections Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Air Force Academy (AFA) – Three
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) – Two
Total marks of the test IMA, INA and AFA – 300
OTA – 200
Nature of questions Objective type
Language of question paper Hindi and English
Duration of the test 2 hours for each section of test

CDS Syllabus 2020: Exam Pattern for IMA, INA, AFA

Subject Duration Maximum marks
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100

CDS Syllabus 2020: Exam Pattern for OTA

Subject Duration Maximum marks
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100

CDS Syllabus 2020: Marking Scheme

Negative marking is applicable for every wrong marked answer. In CDS paper, each question carries 4 options and out of which only 1 option is correct. For each incorrect answer, 1/3 of the marks will be deducted. More than one option marked is treated as incorrect. However, if a question is left unanswered there will be no negative marking.

CDS Syllabus 2020: Subject-Wise Syllabus

Candidates can check the UPSC CDS Syllabus in the table given below.

Sections Topics
English
  • Spotting Errors Questions
  • Sentence Arrangement Questions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Selecting Words
  • Ordering of Sentence
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Ordering of words in a sentence
  • Fill in the blanks questions
  • Idioms and Phrases
General Awareness
  • Economics
  • Physics
  • Current Awareness
  • Politics
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Defence related Award
  • Geography
  • Environment
  • Sport
  • Biology
  • Cultural
  • Book
  • Statement
  • true/false
Elementary Mathematics Algebra
  • Basic Operations
  • simple factors
  • Remainder Theorem
  • H.C.F.
  • L.C.M.
  • Theory of polynomials
  • solutions of quadratic equations
  • relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered)
  • Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions
  • Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions
  • Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions
  • Set language and set notation
  • Rational expressions and conditional identities
  • Laws of indices
Arithematic
  • Number System: Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers.
  • Fundamental operations: addition, substraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions
  • Unitary method
  • time and distance
  • time and work
  • percentages
  • applications to simple and compound interest
  • profit and loss
  • ratio and proportion
  • variation
  • Elementary Number Theory: Division algorithm
  • Prime and composite numbers
  • Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11
  • Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem
  • H.C.F. and L.C.M.
  • Euclidean algorithm
  • Logarithms to base 10
  • laws of logarithms
  • use of logarithmic tables
Trigonometry
  • Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90°
  • Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for ×= 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°
  • Simple trigonometric identities
  • Use of trigonometric tables
  • Simple cases of heights and distances
Geometry
  • Lines and angles
  • Plane and plane figures
  • Theorems on Properties of angles at a point
  • Parallel lines
  • Sides and angles of a triangle
  • Congruency of triangles
  • Similar triangles
  • Concurrence of medians and altitudes
  • Properties of angles
  • sides and diagonals of a Parallelogram
  • rectangle and square
  • Circles and its properties including tangents and normals
  • Loci
Mensuration
  • Areas of squares
  • rectangles
  • parallelograms
  • triangle and circle
  • Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book)
  • Surface area and volume of cuboids
  • lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders
  • surface area and volume of spheres
Statistics
  • Collection and tabulation of statistical data
  • Graphical representation frequency polygons
  • histograms
  • bar charts
  • pie charts etc
  • Measures of central tendency

CDS Syllabus 2020: FAQs

Q 1. How many stages CDS exam have?
Ans. There are only two stages, written exam and SSB exam
Q 2. Does CDS OTA and CDS IMA have different exam?
Ans. Yes, OTA and IMA have different exam with different sections.
Q 3. Is there any negative marking in the CDS?
Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking in prelims of 1/3 marks.
Q 4. How many sections CDS IMA paper have?
Ans. There are 3 sections in CDS IMA paper.
Q 5. How many sections CDS OTA paper have?
Ans. There are only 2 sections in CDS OTA paper.

AFCAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2020 has been discussed here. AFCAT refers to Air Force Common Admission Test, which is conducted by the Indian Air Force for recruitment of candidates into Flying (Short Service Commission only), Technical (Permanent and Short Service Commission) and Ground Duty (Permanent and Short Service Commission) Branches. The AFCAT Exam is conducted twice a year, once in February and the other in August. The intent of this examination is to assess the understanding of concepts and intelligence of the candidate. For the preparation of the examination, a candidate should go through the AFCAT Exam pattern first. This also helps to get an estimate of the marking scheme and subjects covered.
Topic wise elaboration is done. Along with that, the exam pattern has also been given. Read on to know the details.

AFCAT Syllabus 2020: Overview

Name of the Exam Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
Conducting Body  Indian Air Force (IAF)
Language of the Exam  English
Occurrence  February and August
Mode of Exam   Online

AFCAT Exam Pattern 2020

As per the notification, the AFCAT written exam consists of General Aptitude, General Awareness, Verbal Ability, Reasoning and Military Aptitude. The question and marks distribution of each section is depicted in the given table.

Section Questions Marks Time
General Awareness 20 60 2 hours
Verbal Ability (English) 30 90
Numerical Ability 15 45
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test 35 105

For all the candidates of the AFCAT, it is mandatory to appear in the written test. Also, the candidates who have applied for the technical posts need to appear in the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

  • Total Time Duration: 2 hours
  • Number of Questions: 100
  • Marking Criteria: +3 for each correct answer
  • Negative Marking: -1 for each incorrect answer
  • No marks for unattended questions.

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AFCAT: Selection Process

AFCAT Exam takes place twice in a year. The online exam is conducted by the Indian Air Force.
The selection process of AFCAT Exam comprises the following stages:
Stage 1: AFCAT Written Exam is the only criteria for clearing first stage for the Non-Technical candidates;
while AFCAT+EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) for the Technical candidates
Stage 2: Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview
Stage 3: Medical Test
The AFCAT EKT for technical candidates contains 50 questions for 150 marks with questions from Mechanical, Computer Science, Electrical & Electronics.

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AFCAT Syllabus: Topics

List of major topics in each section of AFCAT Syllabus comprises the following:
AFCAT Syllabus: The questions and marks of the Written Exam has been depicted in the table below.

Exam Subject Number of Questions Marks Duration
AFCAT General Awareness
English Language
Numerical Ability
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test
100 300 2 hours
Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT)
for Technical candidates
Mechanical
Computer Science
Electrical & Electronics
50 150 45 minutes

The standard of Mathematics will be of Matriculation level. The standard of other subjects is as per the graduation level of Indian Universities. The topics for each section have been listed for convenience. Candidates can go through the topics given for each subject to prepare well.
AFCAT Syllabus: General Awareness- This section tests the general knowledge of the candidates. The questions are designed on the basis of ongoing, current events in various fields around the world. About 20 questions are asked in this section.
The major topics covered in this section are given below:

  • History
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Art and Culture
  • International Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Civics
  • Environment
  • Defense
  • Basic Science

AFCAT Syllabus: Verbal Ability in English- This section tests the proficiency of student in English. The knowledge of language through comprehension is also a part of this section. Total number of questions asked from this section will be about 30.
The important topics for this section are:

  • Comprehension
  • Basic Grammar
  • Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate word
  • Tenses
  • Error Detection
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Testing of Vocabulary

AFCAT Syllabus: Numerical Ability
This section is to check the knowledge, speed and accuracy of the student in solving numerical problems.Basic Mathematical concepts are covered. The important topics of this section are as follows:

  • Decimal and Fraction
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time & Distance (Trains/Boats & Streams)
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Time and Work
  • Average
  • Profit & Loss

AFCAT Syllabus: Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test- Approximately 35 questions will be asked.

  • Odd One Out
  • Analogy
  • Venn Diagram
  • Pattern Completion
  • Dot Situation Analysis
  • Blood Relation
  • Missing Figures
  • Figure Classification
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Spotting the Embedded Figures
  • Sequencing

AFCAT Syllabus EKT – Engineering Knowledge Test

AFCAT EKT is the exam that evaluates the engineering knowledge required for the technical branch. Students who aim to get into the technical branch have to apply and appear for EKT Exam.
AFCAT EKT is a 45 minute exam and is followed by AFCAT. Candidates are given half an hour window after which AFCAT EKT Exam takes place. The total duration for AFCAT exam is 2 hours and the mode of examination is online.
The AFCAT EKT Exam Syllabus has a General engineering part which is based on the common topics of multiple branches of engineering. Also, based on the degree of the candidate, there are questions from the specialized part. These involve the following:

AFCAT Syllabus Topics

Syllabus Topics
AFCAT EKT Fundamental Engineering Syllabus Engineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics, and Engineering Drawing
AFCAT EKT Allied Engineering Topics Syllabus Control Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Electrical Engineering, Radar Theory, Instrumentation, Antenna, and Wave Propagation, and Microwave Engineering
AFCAT EKT Computer Science Engineering Syllabus Information Technology, Network Theory Design, Analog, and Digital Electronics, Computer Networks, Switching Theory, and Electronic Devices
AFCAT EKT Mechanical Engineering Syllabus Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Machines, Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science, Thermodynamics, Manufacturing Science, and Machine Drawing
AFCAT EKT Electrical & Electronics Engineering Syllabus Microwave Engineering, Analog, and Digital Electronics, Electronic Devices, Telecommunication Systems, Microwave Engineering, Control Engineering, and Electrical Engineering

Important Points AFCAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020

AFCAT is an exam to test knowledge, intelligence, speed and accuracy of the candidate. Qualifying the AFCAT Exam is a wonderful opportunity to attain a reputable post and serve your nation.Thus, to qualify such exam is a good accomplishment.
Thus, candidates are requested to go through the given AFCAT Syllabus thoroughly in order to prepare properly for the AFCAT Exam. A thorough knowledge of the syllabus and exam pattern helps candidate to prepare the topics on the priority basis. Timely preparation of the exam with prioritizing the topics and being thorough with the pattern and subjects will be instrumental in clearing the exam.
Updates of the notifications related to AFCAT Exam Notifications and other posts can be accessed through the official website of Sarkarijobs247.com. By going through the exam pattern, a candidate will get an estimate about the exam difficulty level and how to prepare for the AFCAT Exam. A well prepared exam comprises thorough knowledge of the syllabus, previous year papers and/or mock papers.
All the best!