UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus & Resources: General Studies Paper I

Dear Aspirants,

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) recently released the notification for the Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2018. The UPSC CSE Prelims is going to be conducted on 03rd June 2018, the Main exam will commence on 01st October 2018.

The Syllabus for the exam is vast. Therefore, we’re going to break it down and provide the syllabus in separate articles in the order of the exams, for your 2018 Civil Services Exam Preparation. The following article contains the syllabus of the General Studies Paper I of the 2018 UPSC CSE Prelims Exam and resources for preparation.

First, let’s have a look at the UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Pattern:

Paper Evaluation Question type Marks/duration
General Studies Paper I Selection based on cut offs General Studies Marks: 200
Duration: 2 Hours
General Studies Paper II Qualifying paper (33% min) Aptitude Test (CSAT) Marks: 200
Duration: 2 Hours

The Question papers will be set both in Hindi & English.

The Prelims Exam comprises of two compulsory Objective Type papers of 200 marks each. The General Studies Paper II is qualifying in nature with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.


General Studies Paper I Detailed Syllabus

Total Marks: 200

Total Duration: 2 Hours



  1. Current Events of National and International Importance.


  • Newspapers: The Hindu/ The Indian Express
  • Magazines: Yojana/ Kurukshetra
  • (Press Information Bureau releases)
  • Websites of different Ministries of India


  1. History of India and Indian National Movement.


  • All new NCERT books- Class 6th to 12th
  • History of Modern India: Bipin Chandra
  • Tamil Nadu NCERT- Class 11th and 12th
  • CCRT website for Art and Culture
  • An Introduction to Indian Art (Part-1)- Class 11th NCERT
  • Craft Tradition of India- Class 12th NCERT


  1. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.


  • All new NCERT books- Class 6th to 12th
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography- G.C. Leong
  • Any good school Atlas


  1. Indian Polity and Governance Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Right Issues, etc.


  • Indian Polity: M. Laxmikanth
  • NCERT Books: Class 11th and 12th for Political Science and Sociology


  1. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.


  • NCERT Books: Class 11th and 12th
  • Budget and Economic Survey
  • India Year Book 2018 for Schemes launched by Government
  • Economic Survey – 2018


  1. General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate change.


  • India Year Book 2018 – Chapters on Environment
  • Topics in news in last one year related to environment such as conventions, treaties, organizations, IUCN Red list species etc.
  • NCERT- Biology Class 12th– Unit 9 and 10 (Biotechnology and Ecology Chapters)


  1. General Science.


  • NCERT books- Class 7th to 10th
  • Topics in news related to Science and Technology


We hope the above helps you with your UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Preparation. Stay tuned for more articles on the UPSC CSE 2018 Exam.


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IAS Notes – Environment: Things to Know part 2



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