UPSC IFS Exam Syllabus 2017 – Latest UpToDate

The candidates who are preparing for UPSC IFS Exam should check this article to know latest UPSC IFS Exam Syllabus 2017. UPSC IFS Exam is one of those examinations in India, where competition is fierce. Every candidate has an urge to prove his brilliance and overshadow other candidates in his/ her league. However, for making preparations a candidate is required to possess the right knowledge about the syllabus of the exams. Therefore, with a view to facilitate the candidates, here is the complete info on the UPSC IFS Exam Syllabus 2017.

1. Part-A-IFS Preliminary Exam Syllabus 2017

The first part of the exam is known as the Preliminary Exam. Every candidate is required to sit for this exam, which has two papers. The syllabus for them are as follows:

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 on Environmental ecology, Bio‐diversity and Climate Change ‐ that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Paper II – 200 Marks

  • Comprehension
  • 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. ‐ Class X level)

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2. Part-B-IFS Main Exam Syllabus 2017

Candidates who are shortlisted for the main exam are required to sit for 6 papers which in total consists of 1400 marks. The syllabus for them are mentioned below:

Paper I – 300 Marks (English)

This paper includes questions relating to English usage. Preparing on the below mentioned chapters would be adequate:

Essay Writing Adjectives Noun Pronoun
Prepositions Antonyms Synonyms Sentence Correction

Paper II – 300 Marks (General Knowledge)

This paper includes questions on general awareness. Though there cannot be a specific syllabus for this subject as questions can be asked from anywhere, but going over the following areas will be helpful:

Research and Development Indian politics Indian History Geography
Indian Constitution Environment Book- Author Sports-Personality

Paper III to VI can be elected from various options. The purview of the syllabus will depend on the selected paper. Most of the times, the syllabus matches with the Bachelor’s degree syllabus which a candidate has already studied. Nevertheless, there can be exceptions at times. As a candidate, it is necessary to ensure that each paper is seen as a fresh challenge. The option of set off against some other paper is not available.

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Difference Between IFS Preliminary Exam and Main Exam?

There is a prominent difference between preliminary examination and main examination. The preliminary exam is only of 400 marks and consists of 2 papers. All candidates who have registered for the exam will be required to sit for this exam, irrespective of his/ her reservation status. The exam is conducted though MCQ where answers are marked in an OMR sheet. With every wrong answer, a candidate loses one-third of his marks.

On the other hand, main exam is of 1400 marks and consists of 6 papers. Candidates who have qualified in the preliminary exam are eligible to sit for this exam. This is a written examination and all the six papers are required to be answered on paper. There is no negative marking for wrong answer, but any answer which is not cleared explained is left unmarked.

Thus, now we know how complicated and tough is the exam for UPSC IFS. Each year, millions of candidates try their fate, but only a few end up getting their dream job.

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