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IAS Syllabus 2016 Prelims/Mains Exam Syllabus, Paper Pattern Details PDF

IAS Syllabus

IAS SyllabusCandidates who are going to appear in IAS Exam 2016 conducted by the UPSC they are required to check the IAS Syllabus and Paper Pattern for Prelims / Mains Exam. Here, on this page, we are providing the complete IAS Syllabus 2016 for Preliminary and Mains exam for your convenience.

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Contenders you can also download the PDF file of exam syllabus and pattern through the online mode from official site.

The team of is giving the complete details about IAS Syllabus 2016 on the below section of this page.

IAS Syllabus

In this section, we are giving the IAS Syllabus 2016 for Preliminary exam and main exam.

Preliminary Exam Paper 1

  • History of India and Indian national movement
  • Indian and world geography
  • Current events of national and international importance
  • Indian politics and governance
  • Economic and social development Ecology
  • General science

Preliminary Exam Paper 2

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Basic numeracy
  • English language comprehension skills

IAS Study Material

IAS optional paper for mains exam

  • Botany
  • Economics
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • Management
  • Philosophy
  • Public Administration
  • Agriculture
  • Chemistry
  • Medical science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Law
  • Essays
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Psychology

How to Prepare For Written Exam – Tips/Tricks

IAS Exam Pattern

In this section, we are giving the Exam pattern of IAS. Candidates make your schedule and strategy according to this.

IAS exam is conducted in three parts.

  • Preliminary exam (written)
  • Main exam (written and interview)
  • Interview

Preliminary exam:

This exam will consist two papers of objective types in which the questions will be multiple choices. Exam will be of 400 marks.

IAS Preparation Tips

Main exam:

It will consist of written exams and interview. Written exam will contain 9 papers of conventional essays and then according to the marks that have been obtained by the contenders in written examination and interview for personality test will be counted for ranking.


Candidates who qualify both Preliminary and main exam will be called for final interview.

Interview Prep. Tips- By Experts

The table gives the complete details of IAS exam pattern.

Exam Paper
Preliminary Exam Paper 1: General Studies
Paper 2: Aptitude Skills
Main Examination Paper 1: One of the Indian languages chosen from the prescribed list
Paper 2: English
Paper 3: Essay
Paper 4: Optional subject 1
Paper 5: Optional subject 1
Paper 6: Optional subject 2
Paper 7: Optional subject 2
Paper 8: Optional subject 1
Paper 9: Optional subject 2

IAS is abbreviated as Indian Administrative Service exam, which is one of the toughest exams conducted by the union public service commission. IAS is the one of the highest designation offered by the Government of India. So, candidates who want to become an IAS must check the IAS Syllabus 2016 and exam pattern to crack the exam easily.

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