IAS Prelims 2017 is to be conducted on the 18th June 2017 and just 3 months are left with the lakhs of IAS Aspirants to finalise their IAS Preparation.
Every serious IAS Aspirant should make keen note of the IAS Prelims Exam dates and IAS Syllabus described in the UPSC Notification.
As the IAS Notification is soon to be out on 22nd February 2017, we provide here a deep consolidation of all major details regarding IAS Prelims 2017.
Official Dates of IAS Prelims 2017
The official notification
22nd February 2017
Final date for submitting the application form
17th March 2017
The Civil Services Exam 2017(Pre)
18th June 2017
Date of the main examination
28th October 2017
IAS Prelims Exam Pattern
The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in various subjects.
This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only: the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted in determining their final order of merit.
The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.
Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission, to the Main Examination.
IAS Prelims Syllabus
Candidates are advised to go through the Syllabus published in the UPSC Notification for the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination, as a periodic revision of the syllabus is being done in several subjects every year.
Paper I - (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Current events of national and international importance.
• History of India and Indian national movement.
• Indian and world geography- Physical, social, economic geography of India and the world.
• Indian polity and governance- constitution, political system, Panchayati raj, public policy, rights issues, etc.
• Economic and Social Development- sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives, etc.
• General issues of environmental ecology, biodiversity and climate change - that does not require subject specialisation.
• General Science.
Paper II-(200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Interpersonal skills, including communication skills:
• Logical reasoning and analytical ability:
• Decision-making and problem-solving:
• General mental ability:
• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, Tables, Data sufficiency, etc.)
It should be noted that the Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. The questions will be of multiple choice objective types. But it is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.
The question paper will be printed in both Hindi and English and each paper will be of two hours duration.
Blind candidates and the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of the function (minimum of 40% impairment) will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes per hour for each paper.
IAS Syllabus should serve as a guiding light for all IAS Aspirants and hence IAS Preparation should be streamlined specific to the IAS Prelims Syllabus. Similarly, the IAS Notification should act like a wake-up alert for students to buckle up and work even harder towards achieving their goals.