UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Detailed Syllabus for GS Paper I (History, Geography & Indian Society)

UPSC: Union Public Service Commission will conduct the UPSC Civil Services (Mains) examination 2020 from January 8, 2021. The UPSC Mains syllabus comprises of four GS Papers, Essay, and two Optional papers. All the mains papers are descriptive in nature. The GS Paper 1 of the UPSC Mains Exam includes History (India and World), Geography, Art and Culture, and Indian Society. In this article, we have provided the detailed syllabus of UPSC Mains 2020 GS Paper I. 

Also Check: Section-Wise Preparation Strategy for UPSC Mains GS Paper I 

Previous Year Question Papers UPSC Mains GS Paper I - 2019 to 2005

UPSC IAS Mains General Studies – I Syllabus


Modern Indian History

India Post Independence 

World History

Art & Culture


Indian Geography

World Geography

Indian Society

Social Issues, and Developments in Indian Society

UPSC IAS Mains General Studies I - History Syllabus

➨Modern India (middle of the 18th century until the present)

All the Economic, Administrative & Socio-cultural impacts of the mentioned points.

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➨India Post Independence

➨ World History

➨ Art and Culture

Indian Art Forms



UPSC IAS Mains General Studies I - Geography Syllabus

➨ Geomorphology

➨ Oceanography

➨ Climatology

➨ Geography of Soil

➨ Natural Resource

➨ Natural Disasters

Also Check: UPSC Mains - Detailed Syllabus for all Optional Papers

UPSC IAS Mains General Studies I - Indian Society Syllabus

➨ Features of Indian Society

➨ Population and related developments

➨ Poverty and related issues (types, causes, consequences, comparisons etc.)

➨ Urbanization

➨ Globalization

➨Social Empowerment

➨ Role of Women 

(1) Agrarian Struggles and Revolt, 

(2) Participation in the Freedom Struggle

(1) Emergence of New Organisations,

(2) Approaches and Issues

➨ regionalism 

➨ Communalism

➨ Secularism

Also Check: UPSC Mains GS I Book List & Important Resources for Preparation

UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Structure of General Studies Paper-I

  1. The pattern of Mains General Studies Paper-I will consist of 20 questions that need to be attempted in a time frame of 3 hours.
  2. The paper is of a total of 250 marks with questions of 10 and 15 marks weightage
  3. The word limit for 10 marks questions is 150 and 15 marks are 250

Also Check:

UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Detailed Syllabus for GS Paper II (Polity, Governance & International Relations)
UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Detailed Syllabus for GS Paper III (Economics, Environment & Technology)
UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Detailed Syllabus for GS Paper IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)

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