UPSC Prelims

UPSC Prelims is the first stage of your Dream. This is officially known as the civil services preliminary exam but in common aspirants refer to it as UPSC Prelims,  IAS prelims, or UPSC pre.

Here we provide all the essential things which help you to clear this exam.

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  3. How to Prepare for IAS Prelims Paper 2023?
  4. Dos & Don’ts for UPSC CSE Prelims Exam.
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UPSC Prelims 2022 – Syllabus

UPSC IAS Prelims syllabus for 2023 Exam is given below:

General Studies Paper-1 Syllabus:

  • 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, Biodiversity and Climate Change- that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

General Studies Paper-2 (CSAT) Syllabus:

  • 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).
  • English language comprehension skills – Class X level.
UPSC Prelims Syllabus
UPSC Prelims Syllabus

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UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination is comprised of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.



Total Marks



General Studies (GS)


2 hours (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)




2 hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration. 
  • The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

UPSC CSE Prelims Notification

The commission releases the UPSC CSE Notification for UPSC Exam 2023. Candidates who wish to appear for the upcoming UPSC Exam 2023 are advised to go through UPSC Notification. Download the UPSC Notification to ensure a full understanding of the exam. 

UPSC Prelims Exam Overview 

Parameters Details
UPSC Prelims Date 202328 May 2023
UPSC Prelims Duration2 Hr each for GS-1 and CSAT
UPSC Prelims LanguageEnglish and Hindi both
Mode of UPSC PrelimsOffline- Pen and Paper; candidates need to fill the OMR Sheet with a black ballpoint pen.
UPSC Prelims PatternThere are two papers, GS Paper 1 and CSAT Paper 2; both of them are MCQ Type
UPSC Prelims SubjectsHistory, Polity, Geography, Economy, Science & Technology, Environment, and Current Affairs. Aptitude for CSAT.
IAS Prelims Total Marks200 marks (CSAT is qualifying with just 33% marks). 
Documents Required for UPSC PrelimsAdmit Card, Valid ID Proof, and Passport Size Photograph
Qualifying Marks for UPSC PrelimsUPSC Cutoff for Paper 1. For CSAT, it is 33% of the total marks. 
Weightage of UPSC PrelimsOne needs to qualify for the UPSC Prelims to sit for the UPSC Mains Exam. Marks of the Prelims are not added to the calculation of the final merit list.
UPSC Prelims LoginApplication Number and Date of Birth
Official Website and Helpline 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

UPSC Prelims 2023 Important Dates

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the UPSC 2023 exam calendar. As per the calendar, the UPSC Prelims will be conducted on 28 May 2023. The application process for UPSC 2023 will start on 1st February 2023, and the last date of the application form will be 21 February 2023. Candidates can check out the important dates for UPSC Prelims 2023 in the below table.

UPSC Prelims Exam 2023 EventsUPSC IAS 2023 Dates
UPSC 2023 Notification Date1 February 2023 
UPSC CSE Application Start Date 20231 February 2023 
UPSC Application Form 2023 Last Date21 February 2023
UPSC Prelims Admit Card Release DateTo be Notified 
UPSC Prelims 2023 Date 28th May 2023.

UPSC Prelims Marking Scheme

The UPSC Prelims Paper is objective type and there are negative markings of 1/3rd. The detailed marking scheme is given below.

PaperFor Every Correct AnswerNegative Marking
Prelims Paper 12 Marks – 2*100 = 2000.66 (1/3rd Marks)
Prelims Paper 2 2.5 Marks – 2.5*80 = 2000.83 (1/3rd Marks)
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