IAS Exam Subjects | IAS Preliminary examinations Subjects | IAS Main Examination Subjects

1. Preliminary examinations

The prelims are held around May-June.It has objective ie multiple choice questions. There are two papers (duration of each being 2 hrs).

a) General studies
b) Optional subject

The prelims are held around May-June.It has objective ie multiple choice questions. There are two papers (duration of each being 2 hrs). a)General studies and b)Optional subject: you can choose from Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Agriculture, Maths, Phy, Chem, Stats etc. Important: It is not compulsory to choose the same subjects of your graduation. The results are declared in July-August and the successful candidates are called for the main examinations. PS. The prelims score has no bearing for determining the final merit list for the services.

2. Main examination

The main written examination usually takes place in Oct-Nov, it comprises of 9 papers in all (a lot more strenuous than CAT!) Duration of each paper is 3 hrs. Language: one of the Indian languages, English, Essay GK and Current Affairs: 2 papers on general studies Optionals: papers from two subjects that fall in optional-1 and two papers from optional-2 (a choice of subjects is listed by the UPSC in the prospectus) Candidates who are successful in the main examinations are eligible for an interview which plays a crucial part in the selection.

The main written examination usually takes place in Oct-Nov, it comprises of 9 papers in all (a lot more strenuous than CAT!) Duration of each paper is 3 hrs. Language: one of the Indian languages, English, Essay GK and Current Affairs: 2 papers ongeneral studies Optionals: papers from two subjects that fall in optional-1 and two papers from optional-2 (a choice of subjects is listed by the UPSC in the prospectus) Candidates who are successful in the main examinations are eligible for an interview which plays a crucial part in the selection.

3. The Interview

The interview calls are sent in March-April of the following year and they take place in the month of April-May. The Board of interviewers look for a well-adjusted personality with the social traits, integrity and qualities of leadership . PS. The number of candidates called for the interview is normally twice the number of vacancies.

The interview calls are sent in March-April of the following year and they take place in the month of April-May. The Board of interviewers look for a well-adjusted personality with the social traits, integrity and qualities of leadership . PS. The number of candidates called for the interview is normally twice the number of vacancies.

Here is a list of subjects for IAS/UPSC exams. Under each subject is provided reources regarding the subject that includes prelims and mains IAS syllabus as well as question papers, strategy and suggested readings for the subject. The IAS Syllabus and other services like the IPS and Income Tax is the same.

Part A – UPSC Preliminary Examination – Optional Subjects

  • General Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Indian History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

    Part B – UPSC Main Examination – Optional Subjects

  • General Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Indian History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • English
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Malayalam
  • Manipuri
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Oriya
  • Pali
  • Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • Management

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  • 19 thoughts on “IAS Exam Subjects | IAS Preliminary examinations Subjects | IAS Main Examination Subjects

    1. jyoti keyal

      Respected sir,
      i Jyoti Keyal from gkp (UP)have passed b.com 1st year & now i want 2 prepare 4 ias examination.So kindly send me full detail of ias exam pocedure. I will b very thankful 2 you.
      THANKING YOU

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    2. nitin singh rathoure

      sir i’m in B.sc-II year with pcm. can i choose another subjects in ias exam. plzzzz tell me
      thankyou

      Reply
    3. VIKAS GUPTA

      SIR, I want information about commerce subject in IAS. I want to know which subject or topics are study in commerce. THANK YOU . PLEASE REPLY

      Reply
    4. suresh

      i suresh i want information about ias exams of socialogy and main for optional kannda with sylleabus copy and with solved question answers form 1998 to 2009

      Reply
    5. NUSRAT SHER KHAN

      DEAR SIR,
      HOW MANY SUBJECTS ARE TO BE CHOSEN FOR PRELIMINARY AND
      THE MAINS IN IAS.I AM A STUDENT OF PCM(SCI).
      THANK YOU
      YOURS TRULY
      NUSRAT SHER KHAN

      Reply
    6. bhavana verma

      i have completed my b.tech from chemical engg.I m so confused that which subjects is better for me.i am interested in HISTORY but i want one subject from my branch so plz tell me what subject is better for me?

      Reply
    7. chandu patane

      sir,
      Iam teacher i have want to preparation for ias but i have not inf books for it so plz give me gudince about net use for preparation

      Reply
    8. Saurabh Srivastav,Basti.

      Hello Sir,
      I want to prepare I A S pattern but I have no Idea please give me a fully confidencial idea to IAS.

      Reply
    9. sneha

      i have completed my B.Sc.in hotel and tourism management.I want to prepare for IAS but i am totally blank about the pattern of syllabus or i may say i don’t know anything about it. Sir/Madam please guide me and give idea of the subjects for the main and the prelimenary exams.

      Reply
    10. sabiha naaz

      Sir I am pursuing 2nd year in B.com(h). I want to prepare for IAS exam but do not know well about the subjects to choose.
      Please send me details of how many subjects to be taken.
      I will be grateful to you.

      Reply
    11. SHALU SHARMA

      i m doing my graduation in radiology and want to prepare for ias. please guide me to choose the subjects.

      thank u

      Reply
    12. Kaushal

      respected sir,
      i m the student of B.Tech. final yr 4rm C.S.branch.so tell me which sub shud i select for main & pre exams.
      thankng u.

      Reply
    13. shruthi m s

      i am an engineering student… this year output. i am a mechanical student… i am int in taking agriculture as my optional subject shall i take it…when is the priliminary exam…..

      Reply

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