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UPSC Civil Service Exam 2018

Latest UPSC Main Syllabus

Qualifying Papers For UPSC Mains ( Non Ranking )
PAPER AOne of the Indian Languages is to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.300 Marks
PAPER BEnglish300 Marks
Papers to be conducted For Merit ( Ranking )
PAPER IEssay250 Marks
PAPER IIGeneral Studies I (Indian Culture and Heritage, History and Geography of the World and Society Included)250 Marks
PAPER IIIGeneral Studies II (Governance, Polity, Constitution, Social Justice and International relations)250 Marks
PAPER IVGeneral Studies III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Disaster Management And Security )
250 Marks
PAPER VGeneral Studies IV ( Integrity, Ethics and Aptitude)250 Marks
PAPER VIOptional Subject- Paper 1250 Marks
PAPER VIIOptional Subject- Paper 2250 Marks
Note: For the optional papers in the Mains Examination, Union Public Service Commission has a list of about twenty-six subjects out of which any one subject has to be selected by the candidate.
Written Test ( Sub Total )1750 Marks
Personality Test ( Interview )275 Marks
Grand Total2025 Marks

Stage I

Qualifying Papers For Mains Examination of UPSC

The Aim of Paper A and Paper B is to test the Candidate’s ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his Ideas clearly and correctly.

Note : Paper A and Paper B are only Qualifying papers with total of 600 Marks

Stage II

The Stage II of UPSC civil service exam 2018 consist of 7 Papers i.e.,

Paper I – Essay

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

Paper III – General Studies II
(Indian Culture and Heritage, History and Geography of the World and Society Included)

Paper IV – General Studies III
(Governance, Polity, Constitution, Social Justice and International relations)

Paper V – General Studies IV
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Disaster Management And Security )

Paper VI -Optional Subject I

Paper VII – Optional Subject II

Candidates have to choose Paper VI optional subject and Paper VII Optional Subject i.e., Literature Subject for UPSC Mains.

Optional Subjects are given below.

Optional Subject 1
2Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
6Civil Engineering
7Commerce and Accountancy
9Electrical Engineering
13 Law
15 Mathematics
16Mechanical Engineering
17Medical Science
20Political Science And International Relationship
22Public Administration


Optional Subject 2
Literature of any one of the following languages:

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam,

Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English


Personality Test

The Interview consist of 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks then obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. (Ranking is based on score out of 2025 Marks). Candidates will be allotted to the various services of Civil’s keeping in view their ranks in the Examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various services and posts.

Recommended Books For UPSC Mains Examinations With Authors Name 

Indian Language Book For UPSC

1. 15 Indian Languages Book For UPSC

English Books For UPSC Mains

1. Compulsory English Qualifying Book

2. Objective English

3. Civil Services English Material

Paper I

1. Modern Essay Writing

2. Essay Writing Competitive

Paper I

1. Indian Culture

2. Indian Heritage

5. Indian Art and Culture

6. Facts of Indian Culture

7. The Wonder that was India by A.L Basham

8. India Ancient Pat by R.S Sharma

9. Geography Of India By Majid Husain

10. Oxford School Atlas – Oxford

Paper II

1. Indian Polity 5th Edition by M.Laxmikanth

2. Indian Polity And Governance By Arihant Editions

3. Indian Polity General Studies By M. Laxmikanth

4. Indian Constitution at Work Political Science

Paper III

2. Social Justice and International Relationships By Showick Thorpe

3. Governance and Social Justice By Shubhra Rajan

Paper IV

1. Science and Technology By Sarika

2. Technology By RP Agrahari

3. Development in Science And Technology By Spectrum

4. Economic And Social Development By S. Maitra

5. Economic Development Of India

6. Economic And Social Development In India

8. Economic Survey

Paper V

1. Ethics Integrity And Aptitude By Santhosh Ajmera

3. Ethics By Nandha Kishore Reddy

4. Qualitative Aptitude By R.S Aggarwal

Paper VI

2. Psychology By Avinash Kumar

4. Pharmacy And Organon

Other Books

1. NCERT Books Set

2. Current affairs Of India

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