General Studies Courses

General Studies Notes for UPSC CSE

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UPSC civil service exams are conducted in three stages, namely prelims, mains, and personality test/ interview. 

You can find value addition notes for UPSC prelims and mains 2021 for 2020 where you can study from material for IAS in English/ UPSC Notes PDF. We at Wise IAS provide UPSC prelims and main study material PDF for following.

  • UPSC GS 1 study material PDF
  • UPSC GS 2 study material PDF
  • UPSC GS 3 study material PDF
  • UPSC GS 4 study material PDF

Features of UPSC notes for Prelims and Mains 2021

  • Downloadable UPSC study material PDFs/ Notes
  • 20+ courses covering different general studies paper
  • Notes on relevant topics covering introduction, background, features, facts, important figures, analysis, etc. for all the topics.
  • Covering all dimensions of a topic.
  • Focus on current affairs.
  • Notes in pointer format for easy readability and remembering. 

Syllabus for UPSC Prelims General Studies Paper 1:

  • Indian polity and governance
  • General science
  • Current events of national/ international importance
  • Indian and world geography
  • History of India and Indian National movement
  • Economic and social development
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, biodiversity, and climate change.

Syllabus for UPSC CSE Prelims General Studies Paper 2:

  • Comprehension
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Basic numeracy- class X level

Essential tips to keep in mind for Prelim Exams-

  • The question papers for both prelim papers are objective type and multiple-choice answers.
  • There is negative marking for every incorrect answer.
  • There is no negative marking for a question that is not attempted.
  • General Studies II of Prelim are qualifying papers and candidates need to secure at least 33% for clearing it.
  • The candidates that don’t appear in any of the papers are disqualified, and therefore, it is compulsory to appear in both papers.
  • Every candidate must go through important general studies books for IAS preparation. 

UPSC Mains Syllabus for General Studies

Syllabus for UPSC CSE Mains General Studies I

  • Indian Heritage
  • Indian Culture
  • History of the world and society
  • Geography of the world and society

Syllabus for UPSC CSE Mains General Studies II

  • Governance
  • Constitution
  • Polity
  • Social justice
  • Interpersonal relations

Syllabus for UPSC CSE Mains General Studies III

  • Technology
  • Biodiversity
  • Security and disaster management
  • Environment
  • Economic development

Syllabus for UPSC CSE Mains General Studies IV

  • Integrity
  • Ethics
  • Aptitude

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