UPSC Civil Services Mains General Studies Paper-1 Pattern and Syllabus Simplified

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam General Studies Paper -1 Syllabus Pattern and Topics Simplified

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam General Studies Paper – 1 Pattern and Syllabus Simplified

General Studies Paper-1 carries a total of 250 Marks.

There will be 20 questions in this paper.

There is no choice for candidates and all questions are compulsory.

Each question carries 12.5 Marks.

General Studies Paper-1 Syllabus can be broadly divided into five subjects. They are:

  1. Indian Art & Culture
  2. Modern Indian History
  3. Modern World History
  4. Indian Society
  5. World Physical Geography

Details of above subjects can be simplified as follows.

Indian Art & Culture

Modern Indian History

Modern World History

Indian Society

World Physical Geography

Indian Art forms like Dances, Puppetry, Music, Drama, Painting etcFrom the advent of British into India i.e., 1757 to First War of IndependenceIndustrial Revolution in various countriesSalient features of Indian SocietyDistribution of key natural resources across the world
Indian Literature from Vedic period to Modern periodIndian Freedom Fight and its various aspects like Civil Disobedience Movement, Quit India Movement and role of women, farmers, workers in freedom struggleRevolutions in various countries like America, France, Russia, China etcEffects of Globalization on Indian society
Factors responsible for the location of industries across the world
Indian Architectural styles including various temple construction types like Nagara, Dravida, Vesara and Provida architectures, Cave, Stupa, Pillar and Palace architectural stylesPost-Independence major events till to date like wars with Pakistan and China, Non-alignment Movement etcRe-drawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, Socialism, CapitalismDevelopmental issues like Poverty, Urbanization, Population explosionImportant geo-physical phenomenon like Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones, Volcanic activities
 – –Two World Wars and their global effectsIssues related to women, old-aged, trans-genders etcGeographical features and their location, and changes in these features
 – –Major events in Modern world history like Global Recession of 1930s, Cold War etcEffects of Regionalism, Communalism, Castiesm, Secularism on Indian society –


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