UPSC Prelims Syllabus: Topics of CSAT and GS 🎯

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UPSC Prelims Syllabus

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024 PDF exam is available on the official website of the Union Public Service Exam. The Prelims exam is one of two written exams conducted by the UPSC to shortlist candidates for the interview process. The syllabus for UPSC prelims is important to understand for every aspirant of this exam. As announced already, UPSC Exam 2024 date is 26 May 2024. In this blog, we have discussed the important topics of CSAT and General Study paper. 

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024

UPSC Prelims exam is the first stage of the Civil Services Exam. Around 10 to 11 lakh students apply to appear in this exam. No need to say, they face tough competition for getting shortlisted. To get a good score in the Preliminary exam, candidates should have knowledge about the UPSC prelims syllabus before they proceed to prepare for the UPSC exam.

There are two papers in the UPSC Prelims exam. First is General Studies Paper 1 and CSAT Paper. Check out the topics of both papers.

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Topics of UPSC Prelims Syllabus ✍️

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024Topics
General Studies Paper – I
  • 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, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisationGeneral Science
CSAT/ General Studies Paper-II
  • 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)

Best Books to Cover Prelims Syllabus 📚

The questions of Prelims exam are objective in nature. It means you need to choose the correct answer out of 4 given options. If you are preparing for this competitive exam then you should have a set of best books for UPSC Prelims exam. Check out the list below.

SubjectUPSC Books
HistoryIndian Art and Culture by Nitin SinghaniaNCERT XI and XII
GeographyNCERT VI to XII World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)
Indian PolityIndian Polity – M LaxmikanthNCERT IX-XII
International RelationsNCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)Current Affairs
CSATTata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal

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What are important topics of UPSC Prelims syllabus?

The whole syllabus is important for a UPSC prelims aspirant but we have mentioned some topics below that cover a big part of the question paper.
1. Current events of national and international
2. Indian and World Geography
3. Logical reasoning
4. Comprehension

What are the important books for UPSC Prelims? 📚

1. NCERT Books for each subject from class 6th to 12th.
2. M.Laxmikant for polity
3. Daily newspaper for current affairs
4. Atlas for Geography

What is the UPSC Prelims 2024 Exam Date?

According to the notification released by the UPSC, Prelims exam 2024 will be conducted on 26 May 2024.

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