IAS Prelims Exam 2015: Understanding Syllabus


The IAS examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission has undergone several changes in last 2 to 3 years. This year also there are speculations of possible changes in IAS Prelims Exam format. In a recently held meeting of concerned authorities the option of removing Paper II and replacing it with an optional paper has been ruled out. The other two options which are under consideration include reducing the weightage of the Aptitude paper (Paper II) or making it qualifying in nature. The government had convened all party meeting and had asked for suggestions. Till now nothing concrete has come out which has kept many aspirants in confusion.
These changes are being discussed in wake of last year protest by the IAS aspirants. They demanded scrapping of Paper II of IAS Prelims Exam. There is an opinion in certain sections that engineering and English medium students enjoy an advantage over students of humanities and Hindi medium students. There is overwhelming concern about inappropriate translation of certain phrases from English to Hindi.
As of now there has been no official response from the government or UPSC about any likely changes in IAS Prelims Exam in 2015. IAS Prelims Exam is to be held in August and notification is likely to come in May 2015.
Aspirants must not deviate their mind in useless discussions regarding syllabus changes. Rather they should concentrate on the current syllabus and continue their preparation according to the syllabus given for IAS Prelims exam 2014. Last year questions in GS paper of IAS Prelims were quite unexpected and had higher difficulty level. So students must focus on GS paper (Paper I). GS paper I will be deciding factor this year too irrespective of whether there would be changes or not.
Syllabus of Paper I - (200 marks) Duration:  Two hours
1.Current events of national and international importance. 
2.History of India and Indian National Movement. 
3.Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World. 
4.Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. 
5.Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. 
6.General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization 
7.General Science
Syllabus for Paper II-(200 marks) Duration: Two hours
1.Comprehension
2.Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
3.Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4.Decision making and problem solving ability
5.General mental ability
6.Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
7.English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
8.Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper
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