UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) to recruit IAS, IPS, IFS, and other officers for allied services.

UPSC exam date for this Year

Prelims – 27 June 2021, Sunday

Mains – 17-22 Sep 2021


Must Posses any Degree.

How to prepare for UPSC Exam Crack In First Attempt

In this we will see the “Possibilities” How to prepare for UPSC to qualify the exam in the first attempt.

Stages of UPSC Exam:

Stage 1Prelims
Stage 2Mains and Interview

UPSC Prelims Format

There are two objective types:

  • General Studies Paper 1 (General Awareness)
  • General Studies Paper 2 (CSAT)

Exam Detail with Marks

PapersSubjects in Prelims UPSC SyllabusNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Paper 1General Studies100200
Paper 2Civil Services Aptitude Test80200

Syllabus Details:

  1. Current Affairs
  2. History
  3. Polity and Governance
  4. Economy
  5. Environmental Studies
  6. General Science
  7. Comprehension and Communication Skills
  8. Reasoning and Decision Making
  9. Basic Numeracy and Data Interpretation

Reference Books


  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum


  • Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
  • NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)
  • NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)

Indian Polity

  • Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth


  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri

International Relations

  • NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
  • Current Affairs


  • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
  • CSAT II – Arihant
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal

Candidates who clear the Prelims reach the Mains stage of the UPSC Exam.

UPSC Mains Format

The written examination consists of 9 papers out of which 2 papers are only qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in the remaining 7 papers and the interview test together are considered for making the final merit.

UPSC Mains Syllabus

Paper A and Paper B: Qualifying Papers On Indian Languages and English

The aim of the paper is to test the candidate’s ability to read and understand serious discursive prose and express ideas clearly and correctly, in English and the Indian Language concerned.

Pattern of Questions:

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Recis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays in Indian Languages:-
  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays

Paper Names and Details

PaperSubjectDurationTotal marks
Paper ACompulsory Indian language3 hours300
Paper BEnglish3 hours300
Paper IEssay3 hours250
Paper-IIGeneral Studies I3 hours250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II3 hours250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III3 hours250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV3 hours250
Paper VIOptional I3 hours250
Paper VIIOptional II3 hours250

PAPER-A Compulsory Indian language

PAPER-B English

PAPER-I Essay.

PAPER-II General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society.

PAPER-III General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations.

PAPER-IV General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

PAPER-V General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude.

Paper-VI and Paper VII : Optional Subject.

Reference Books

History, Indian Heritage & Culture(GS Paper 1)

  1. An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1: Textbook in Fine Arts for Class XI
  2. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  3. India after Independence by Bipan Chandra

Geography(GS Paper 1)

  1. Geography of India by Majid Husain
  2. World Geography by Majid Husain

Polity & International Relations(GS Paper 2)

  1. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  2. Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
  3. India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri

Economy(GS Paper 3)

  1. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh

Ethics(GS Paper 4)

  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary

UPSC Interview

UPSC will be conducting the personality tests for the candidates who qualify in the (CSE) two stages – Preliminary and Mains. The qualified candidates will be called for the interview round that lasts for about 30 minutes.

All The Best For Your Future

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