UPSC organizes different exams throughout the year but the civil service examination

is the most anticipated and popular exam. The CSE exam is conducted in three different phases: Preliminary, Mains and Interview.

The first step is the most important step for your success. So let’s take a quick

revision of the UPSC CSE prelims syllabus. This article has a detailed UPSC CSE

prelims syllabus for your success in 2022.

UPSC Civil Service Examination (CSE): Preliminary Examination

The UPSC CSE examination is conducted in three different phases, Prelims, Mains and Interview.

The first and most important stage of UPSC CSE is the prelims examination. The

the prelims exam has two papers: General Studies-I and General Studies-II.

 General Studies I

Total Questions 100
Total Marks Each question carries 2 marks
Passing Marks Cutoff differs
Negative Marking 0.66

General Studies II: CSAT

Total Questions 80
Total Marks Each question carries 2.5
Passing Marks 66 marks
Negative Marks 0.83

Important Dates for UPSC CSE 2022

Event Date
Release of Notification 02.02.2022
UPSC Online Registration 02.02.2022
Deadline to Apply For UPSC CSE 2022 22.02.2022
UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Date 05.06.2022 (Sunday)
UPSC CSE Prelims 2022  Result July
UPSC CSE Mains 2022 Exam 16.09.2022

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Trend Analysis of UPSC CSE

Year Current


History Geography Indian


Economics Science

& Technology

2011 13 11 11 12 19 19 15
2012 1 19 17 20 17 9 17
2013 0 16 18 16 19 14 17
2014 08 22 14 14 10 16 18
2015 26 17 16 13 13 08 11
2016 27 15 07 07 18 08 18
2017 15 14 09 22 16 09 15
2018 14 22 10 13 18 10 13
2019 22 17 14 15 14 7 11
2020 18 20 10 17 15 10 10

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UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2022

The most important preparation step of UPSC CSE is analysing the syllabus. Candidates are always advised to begin their UPSC preparation by studying the syllabus.

General Studies Paper-1 Syllabus

# History of India and Indian National Movement.

# Current events of national and international importance.

# Indian and World Geography

# General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change

# Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public

Policy, etc.

# Economic and Social Development

# General Science.

General Studies II(CSAT) Syllabus

# Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

# Decision-making and problem-solving.

# General mental ability.

# Comprehension.

# Basic numeracy (Class X level)

# Interpersonal skills including communication skills;

# Data interpretation ( Class X level)

# English language comprehension skills – Class X level.

# Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

# Decision-making and problem-solving.

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Detailed UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus

Indian History

Ancient History

Pre-history and Proto-history

Indus Valley

Megalithic Cultures

Aryans and Vedic Period


Mauryan Period

Post Mauryan Period

Early State and Society of Deccan India

Gupta Period

Harshavardhana Period

Sangam Period



Early Medieval Period

Early Muslm Invasion

Delhi Sultanate



The Mughal Period

Decline of Mughal Period


Emergence of Afghan Power

Vijayanagar Empire

Modern India

European Penetration into India

British Expansion of India

Administration before 1857

Economic Impact of British Colonial Rule

The Annexation of Sind

Achievements of Ranjit Singh

Punjab after Ranjit Singh

Tribal Revolts, Civil Rebellion, Popular Movements and Mutinies

The Revolt of 1857

Administrative Reorganization under the Crown

Anglo-Afghan Relation

The Indian State

The History of Indian Press

Cultural Awakening, Religious and Social Reforms

Lower Caste Movements in Modern India

The Growth and Development of the Indian National Movement

Governor-General of India and Viceroy

Indian and World Geography

Physical Geography


Earth’s Interior: Composition and structure


Formation of the Earth

Endogenous processes

Landforms – mountains, plateaus and plains and their types

Earthquakes and Volcanism

Distribution of Continents and Oceans

Fluvial Processes and Associated Landforms

Aeolian Processes and Associated Landforms

Glacial Processes and Associated Landforms

Work of Ground Water and Associated Landforms

Marine Processes and Associated Landforms



Composition and structure of the atmosphere

Atmospheric temperature

Atmospheric Pressure

Atmospheric Moisture



Bottom topography of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans

Temperature and salinity of the oceans

Heat and salt budgets

Waves, Current and Tides

Marine Resources

Coral reef

Sea level Changes

Ocean Deposits






Human Geography

Perspectives in Human Geography

Economic Geography

Population and Settlement Geography

Regional Planning


Geography of India

Physiography of India

Rivers and Drainage System


Soils in India

Natural Vegetation

Population and Human Settlements

Land Resource

Mineral Resource

Energy Resource

Agriculture and Recent development in agriculture



Transport and Communication

Indian Polity and Governance

Forms of Government

Making of the Indian Constitution

Salient Features of the Indian Constitution

Fundamental Rights and Duties

Directive Principles

Organs of Government




State government

Local Self Government

Constitutional and non-Constitutional bodies


Basic Concepts

Macroeconomic Concepts

Microeconomic Concepts

Economic Measurements

National Income & Its Calculation

Economic Growth and Development


Money & Banking

Money Function & Classification

Financial Markets & Its Instruments

Banking Structure in India

Public Finance in India


Fiscal Policy

Center-state Distribution

Tax Structure in India

Planning: Meaning, Objective & History

Planning Institutions

Five Year Plans in India

NITI Aayog

Open Economy

Foreign Trade Concepts

International Organizations

Trade Agreements

Recent Development

Economic Sectors


Employment and Unemployment

General Science

# Universe: Big Bang, Redshift, Blueshift

# Star Formation: Stellar Evolution, Life Cycle of a Star Solar System Formation

# Solar System: Planets, Inner Planets, Outer Planets, and Sun


# Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Reactor Types

# India’s Three-Stage Nuclear Power Programme

# Cell Organelles

# Carbohydrates – Monosaccharide, Polysaccharides

# Proteins – Amino Acids, Enzymes,

# Vitamins and Minerals – Deficiency Diseases

# Fats – Healthy Fats and Unhealthy Fats

# Human Digestive System

# Respiratory System

# Endocrine Glands and Hormones

# Human Neural System

# Nucleic acids – DNA and RNA, Recombinant DNA

# Mitosis and Meiosis

# Immune System AIDS, Cancer

# Drugs and Alcohol Abuse

# Diseases – Acute, Chronic, Communicable Diseases

# Blood and Circulatory System

# Excretory System

# Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth

# Plant Kingdom

# Classification of Animal Kingdom

# Human Reproductive System-

# Biotechnology

# Genetic Engineering

# Atomic Theory

Current Affairs

# Union Budget 2020-2021

# Economic Survey 2020-2021

# National Events

# International Events

# Economy and Banking

# Science and Technology

# Defense and Security

# Awards and Prizes

# Sports

# Books and Authors

# Personalities

# Place in News

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Booklist for UPSC CSE Prelims

Current Affairs

# The Hindu

# The Indian Express



# IDSA: Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis

# Yojana and Kurushetra

# Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Details



# Ancient India by RS Sharma

# Medieval History by Satish Chandra

# Modern History by Bipin Chandra


# Certificate Physical and Indian Geography by GC Leong

# Old NCERT- Class 11th and 12th


# Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth

# Introduction to Indian Constitution by DD Basu


# Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

# Sriram IAS Economics Notes

Science and Technology



# Shankar IAS Notes

# NCERT: Geography

Social Issues and New Policies

# India Yearbook

# Vikaspedia. in

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Preparation Tips for UPSC CSE Prelims

# First begin your preparation by analyzing the syllabus. Read the detailed syllabus and divide it into different checklists. These short steps can help you to achieve something great.

# Practice solving previous year’s question papers and mock tests papers. This helps you to understand the exam pattern better and get familiar with the question type.

# Around 15-20 questions are asked for current affairs. This is probably the one section that you can’t afford to ignore.

# For each subject one thing is important: rather than theoretical knowledge, the latest trends and news will be asked. Therefore stay updated with the recent news about the different subjects.

# Don’t ignore your CSAT paper. Though you only need 33% in your CSAT you cannot afford to ignore this one. You should practice different questions to get a proper understanding of the CSAT.


I hope this article gave you a clear insight into the UPSC CSE prelims syllabus well. Do make a self note of this and divide it into different checklists. Do tick them after you complete any topic.

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