Mains General Studies Syllabus

The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.


General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society


General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.


General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.


General Studies- IV:  Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society.  Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects.  The following broad areas will be covered.

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