General Studies: For this exam you will have must study current events, Indian history of India, global and Indian geography, Indian economics and polity. This paper will require you have an understanding of normal day to day issues. You are not expected to have specialized knowledge on any subject, but a common understanding is necessary. You must know current national and international events and have detailed knowledge of history of Indian political system, society and economy.
Optional Subject: For this exam, each candidate has to choose one subject from a wide list and prepare for it. This optional subject depends on the type of job that he or she wants to take as an IAS officer. One can choose anything from animal husbandry to philosophy, from law to political science. There are about 23 different subjects from which the candidates can choose their favourite subject. The syllabus to each of these subjects is very diverse. Here is a list of all the optional subjects:
* Indian History
* Civil Engineering
* Mechanical Engineering
* Medical Science
* Electrical Engineering
* Political Science
* Public Administration
* Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
IPS Syllabus for Main Examination :-
Modern Indian Language Exam: For the Modern Indian Language test, the candidate will have to choose one out of 22 scheduled languages. The test will include comprehension, usage and vocabulary, précis writing, translation, and a short essay. This paper will be up to matriculation level of the chosen language. Following is the list of languages that can be studied for this exam:
Paper 2 :-
General English: This paper is to test the student's English skills. The candidates must have ability to understand complicated prose and express their ideas in clear and grammatically correct manner. This test will include comprehension, usage and vocabulary, précis writing, and a short essay in English. This paper will be up to matriculation level standard of English.
Paper 3 :-
Essay: Candidates are required to write an essay on any given topic. The candidates will be given a number of topics to choose. Candidates are required to practice writing comprehensive, factually correct and relevant essays. The candidate must maintain regular flow in the tone of the essay and ensure that it doesn’t have any grammatical or spelling mistakes.
Paper 4 :-
General Studies I: Candidates need to study about history and culture of India culture, Indian geography, constitution, polity, current issues and social relevance topics.
Paper 5 :-
General Studies II: This exam is to test the general knowledge and awareness of the candidates. It will include questions about India and the World: This will test your knowledge about India in context of the entire world. You must study about foreign affairs related to our neighbouring countries and South East Asia region. Matters related to country’s security and defence, nuclear policy and the contribution of Indians around the world. India’s Economic Interaction with the World: Study about India’s foreign trade, policies relating to foreign investment, countries economy and issues related to fuel and energy. The candidate must also have knowledge about WTO, IMF, WIPO, World Bank etc.
Developments in the Field of Science & Technology, IT and space: The candidate should gain knowledge about issues related to science, technology, IT, space, nanotechnology, biotechnology etc. International Affairs and International Institutions: The candidate must have a firm knowledge about these. Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams: The candidate should have the skills to read and understand graphs, statistics and diagrams. He should be able draw conclusion from them.
Paper 6 and 7 :-
Optional Subjects- These two exams test candidate’s aptitude towards the first optional subject chosen by him. Candidates have to choose an optional subject. The choice of subject depends on the type of job they are applying for.
Paper 8 and 9 :-
Optional Subjects- These two exams test candidate’s aptitude towards the second optional subject chosen by him. Candidates have to choose an optional subject. The choice of subject depends on the type of job they are applying for.