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General Studies Paper I to IV for IAS Mains Exam

The Four General Studies Papers are:

General studies

Topics covered

Total marks

General studies Paper-I

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

250

General studies Paper-II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

250

General studies Paper-III

Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

250

General studies Paper IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

250

 

What is Optional Subject in IAS exam?

For the civil services examination, UPSC provides a list of optional subjects.  Candidates have to choose one optional for the mains exam. The optional subject has two papers and each paper accounts for 250 marks.  Candidates can choose from the list of optional subjects that also includes literature subjects (English and Indian languages).

The papers for the examination will be descriptive in nature. Each paper for UPSC mains exam will be of three hours duration. The question papers, other than the literature of language papers will be set in Hindi and English only.  The optional paper plays an important role in the UPSC mains exam.

How many optional subjects in UPSC exam?/How many optional subject in UPSC? The table below lists how many optional subjects to choose for IAS exam.

UPSC civil services optional subjects/Optional List for UPSC:

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List of optional subjects in UPSC

Detailed Syllabus

1

Agriculture

Syllabus

2

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

Syllabus

3

Anthropology

Syllabus

4

Botany

Syllabus

5

Chemistry

Syllabus

6

Civil Engineering

Syllabus

7

Commerce & Accountancy

Syllabus

8

Economics

Syllabus

9

Electrical Engineering

Syllabus

10

Geography

Syllabus

11

Geology

Syllabus

12

History

Syllabus

13

Law

Syllabus

14

Management

Syllabus

15

Mathematics

Syllabus

16

Mechanical Engineering

Syllabus

17

Medical Science

Syllabus

18

Philosophy

Syllabus

19

Physics

Syllabus

20

Political Science & International Relations

Syllabus

21

Psychology

Syllabus

22

Public Administration

Syllabus

23

Sociology

Syllabus

24

Statistics

Syllabus

25

Zoology

Syllabus


List of
Literature optional subjects in UPSC

Aspirants can opt for a literature subject as their optional for UPSC Mains even if they had not taken that language as their graduation subject. There will be two papers. Each paper is of 250 marks. The languages prescribed here are from the Eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution.

 

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List of Literature optional subjects

Detailed Syllabus

1

Assamese

Syllabus

2

Bengali

Syllabus

3

Bodo

Syllabus

4

Dogri

Syllabus

5

Gujarati

Syllabus

6

Hindi

Syllabus

7

Kannada

Syllabus

8

Kashmiri

Syllabus

9

Konkani

Syllabus

10

Maithili

Syllabus

11

Malayalam

Syllabus

12

Manipuri

Syllabus

13

Marathi

Syllabus

14

Nepali

Syllabus

15

Oriya

Syllabus

16

Punjabi

Syllabus

17

Sanskrit

Syllabus

18

Santhali

Syllabus

19

Sindhi

Syllabus

20

Tamil

Syllabus

21

Telugu

Syllabus

22

Urdu

Syllabus

23

English

Syllabus

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