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UPSC Mains 2019 starts from 20 September: Important Topics of General Studies I Paper

UPSC Mains 2019 Exams begin from 20 September and will go on till 29 September 2019. Check here expected topics from Mains Paper-II - General Studies - I (History, Polity & Geography) section along with the Mains Exam Pattern.

Sep 13, 2019 12:00 IST
UPSC Mains Exam 2019

UPSC Mains (Civil Services) 2019 Exam to begin from 20 September and will conclude on 29 September 2019. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has already released the UPSC Mains Admit Card 2019 on the official website upsc.gov.in. Candidates appearing for the Civil Services (Main) Exam 2019 can download the Admit card till 29 September 2019. Over 12000 candidates are expected to appear for the Civil Services Mains 2019 examination. With the UPSC Mains examinations approaching near, it is recommended that candidates should devote this time for revision and practice. Check here the important topics for UPSC IAS Mains Civil Services exam from the General Studies - I Paper.

UPSC 2019 Mains General Studies-I (Paper-II) “Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society” will test candidates on their knowledge of History, Polity and Geography. As per the UPSC Exam Calendar, the General Studies-I (Paper-II) will be conducted on 21 September 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Before looking at the important topics for General Studies – I, have a look at the UPSC IAS Mains Exam Pattern.

UPSC IAS Mains 2019 Exam Pattern

UPSC IAS Civil Services Mains examination includes Written Exam and Personality Test (Interview). The UPSC Mains written exam is divided into two categories – Qualifying Papers (Paper-A & Paper-B) and Papers Counted for Merit (Paper-I – Paper-VII). The Papers that are counted for merit are Essay, General Studies-I-IV, Optional Paper 1 and Optional Paper 2. Candidates’ final score in UPSC Mains exam is calculated from the papers counted for merit. Marks obtained by the candidates in the Qualifying Papers will not be counted for ranking. Candidates who secure 25 per cent marks in Paper A & B are declared qualified. Have a look at the detailed exam pattern of UPSC Mains examination:

Sections

Paper Name

Subject

Marks

Qualifying Papers

Paper-A

Language 1

Language chosen by candidates from Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution

300

Paper-B

Language 2

English

300

Papers Counted for Merit

Paper-I

Essay

 

250

Paper-II

General Studies-I

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

250

Paper-III

General Studies-II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

250

Paper-IV

Genera Studies-III

Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

250

Paper-V

General Studies-IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

250

Paper-VI

Optional Subject – Paper 1

Agriculture/Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science/Anthropology/Botany/Chemistry/Civil Engineering/Commerce and Accountancy/Economics/Electrical Engineering/Geography/Geology/History/Law/Management/Mathematics/ Mechanical Engineering/Medical Science/ Philosophy/Physics/Political Science and International Relations/ Psychology/Public Administration/ Sociology/Statistics/Zoology/Literature

250

Paper-VII

Optional Subject – Paper 2

Agriculture/Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science/Anthropology/Botany/Chemistry/Civil Engineering/Commerce and Accountancy/Economics/Electrical Engineering/Geography/Geology/History/Law/Management/Mathematics/ Mechanical Engineering/Medical Science/ Philosophy/Physics/Political Science and International Relations/ Psychology/Public Administration/ Sociology/Statistics/Zoology/Literature

250

Total

 -

 

1750

Interview

 Personality Test

 

275

Grand Total

 -

 

2025

Important Topics from General Studies-I (Paper-II)

History

Indian Society

Geography

Indian Heritage & Culture

Indian Society – Unity, Diversity, Family System, Inequality and Exclusion

Role of Women and Women's Organisation - 19th Century Social Reform Movements, SHGs, Resurgence of Women's Movement

Population - Demography of India, Changing Age Structure, India's Population Policy

Poverty -Types of Poverty, Socio-economic Spread, Inequality, Rising Urban Poverty, Policy shift from “Trickle Down” Economics to Inclusive, Poverty Reduction

Urbanisation - Problems of Urban Areas & Slums, Impact of Urbanisation, Role of Urban Local Bodies, Challenges posed by Urbanisation

Globalisation - Globalisation & Culture, Impact of Globalisation

Social Empowerment

Communalism - Causes of Communalism, Eradication of  Communalism, Secularism

Regionalism - Causes of Regionalism, 'Sons of Soil', Federalism, Regional Parties

Secularism - Nature & Practice of Secularism, Uniform Civil Code

World's Physical Geography – Geomorphology, Climatology, Soil Geography, Oceanography

Natural Resources - Types of Resources, Land Resources, Forest Resources, Water Resources, Agricultural Resources, Mineral & Energy Resources

Industries - Classification of Industries, Distribution of Major Industries, Footloose Industry

Geophysical Phenomena – Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Cyclone, Tsunami

Geographical Features - Melting of Ice Sheets, Desertification

Indian Art Forms

Architecture

Literature

Indian Paintings

Dance Forms

Harappan Architecture

Women Poets of Bhakti

Modern Indian Literature

Modern Indian History

European Penetration of India

British Colonialism

Reforms

Freedom Struggle

Revolt of 1857

Nationalism in India (1858-1905)

Militant Nationalism & Revolutionary Activities (1905-1918)

Freedom & Partition

(1939-1947)

Mass Nationalism

Mahatma Gandhi

Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms

Rowlatt Act

Satyagrah

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

Post-Independence Consolidation

Industrial Reforms

Nuclear Policy

Green Revolution

Non-Aligned Movement

Emergency

World History

Industrial Revolution

World War I & II

Decolonisation

Communism

Capitalism

 

 UPSC Mains Syllabus for Paper-II: General Studies-I

“Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society”

- Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

- Modern Indian history from the mid-eighteenth century until the present- important events, personalities, and issues

- Indian Freedom Struggle - various stages and important contributions from different parts

- Post-independence consolidation and reorganisation in India

- World History - Industrial Revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.

- Salient features of Indian Society and Diversity of India

- Role of women and women’s organization, population, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization- their problems and their remedies

- Effects of globalisation on Indian society

- Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism

- Salient features of the world’s physical geography

- Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).

- Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

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