UPSC 2023 (Syllabus, Study Material, Quiz)

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Are you ready to take on the challenge of UPSC 2023? It’s not an easy task, but with the right resources and dedication, you can make it happen! In this blog, we’ll explore the UPSC 2023 syllabus, study material, and quiz, so you can get the best possible preparation for the upcoming civil service exam. Get ready to tackle this challenge head-on and make your mark on the UPSC exam!

The UPSC 2023 exam season is drawing ever closer and it’s time to start preparing. With the right syllabus, study material, and quiz, you can ensure that you make the most of your time and put your best foot forward. In this blog, we will guide you through the important details about the UPSC 2023 syllabus, study material, and quiz, so that you can get the most out of your preparation. Read on to find out more!

UPSC was founded on 26’th January 1950 by the Constitution Assembly as they found it necessary to give secure and autonomous status to Public Service Commissions after independence.

Union Public Service Commission exam came into existence under article 315 of Indian constitution. The basic, as well as the prominent role of UPSC, is to recruit officers and students under Central Government.

The foremost functions of this commission is to advise the government on all the matters related to recruitment for numerous posts in Indian services and to take care of the disciplinary cases related to civil services.

This was done to give smooth and unbiased recruitment to civil services in the interest of the general public.

Examination Carried by UPSC 2023

The following is the list of examinations carried out by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC):

Civil Services Examination

The Indian civil services are the backbone of India and carry great respect.

Graduates in any field can opt for these exams conducted by UPSC every year for recruitment in various government sectors as I.A.S. and I.P.S. It is one of the most high-profile jobs in the government sector.

Combined Engineering Services Examination

It is conducted by UPSC for four categories of engineering services: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.

Engineers selected through the Combined Engineering Examination are appointed to various posts of organizations like Indian Railways, Central Engineering Services. Indian Telecommunication Service, Central Power Engineering Service, Indian Ordnance Factory Service.

Central Police Force Examination

The UPSC conducts this examination for the post of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in Central Police Services i.e. Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP), Sachastra Seema Bal (SSB). These all forces working for India comes under Central Government.

Combined Defense Services (CDS)

Indian Defense Services offer dignified, prestigious and attractive career opportunities. After selection, one can serve the Army, Air force or Navy, on administrative assignments, in medical services and in Engineering Services.

The nature of the responsibilities varies with a diverse range of activities in the Defense Services. This service is for those who voluntarily want to serve country irrespective of caste, religion and community.

National Defense Academy

Recruitment of candidates to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA is through an entrance exam conducted by UPSC.

Candidates are given options for two Academies i.e. National Defense Academy and Naval Academy. A candidate is given service according to rank. If candidate opts for NDA then he has to give option for three wings i.e. Army, Navy or Air Force.

Indian Economic Service Examination (IES)

IES officers form a specialist cadre in the Indian Civil Service of Government of India which gives economic advice with policy formation. This comes under Finance Ministry.

The role of IES can be categories as providing economic advice and administration, implementation of development programs and also dealing with the areas of economic reforms, price fixation and also looking after administrative matters. The Department of Economic Affairs controls IES.

Geologist Examination

It is a promising field for both men and women.

Today many Geologists Scientists are engaged in environmental aspects such as urban and rural planning, exploration of fresh sources of water and prevention of its pollution, landfill closure etc. Many Geologist offer for Earth Science teacher, College professor and exploration companies.

Geology is a truly interdisciplinary science, its career potential branches into all related fields of science.

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination

Indian railways are broadly divided and subdivided into zones, division and departments, each performing a particular function.

The highest rank in the Indian railways is the group A officers which are directly recruited by UPSC.

UPSC General Eligibility Criteria

Since UPSC exam is meant for numerous jobs or services, it is not possible to mention the eligibility criteria for each job or service that comes under UPSC, but general eligibility criteria can be discussed here:

  • To appear in UPSC test, you must have cleared 10+2 level from a recognized school or institution.
  • You should be physically and medically fit.
  • You are required to meet all the specifications mentioned in the application form of the exam for which you intend to appear. For example, for NDA you must have Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects at 10+2 level.

(In the UPSC, there are different criteria as per the different-different exams)

UPSC Exam Pattern

Most of the UPSC examinations are divided into two papers in which one paper will be based on Mathematics and another one will be on General Ability Test which has English and General Knowledge sections.

Prelims Exam pattern

The UPSC exam pattern for the Preliminary stage consists of two papers, conducted on same day.

PaperTypeNo. of QuestionsMarksDurationNegative Marks
General Studies IObjective1002002 hoursYes
General Studies II (CSAT)Objective802002 hoursYes

Mains Exam Pattern

The UPSC exam pattern for the Mains stage consists of nine (9) papers conducted over 6-7 days.

PaperSubjectDurationTotal Marks
Paper ACompulsory Indian language3 hours300
Paper BEnglish3 hours300
Paper IEssay3 hours250
Paper IIGeneral Studies I3 hours250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II3 hours250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III3 hours250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV3 hours250
Paper VIOptional I3 hours250
Paper VIIOptional II3 hours250

UPSC Exam Study Material

1Ethics Handwritten Notes in Hindi for UPSC
2UPSC Previous year Question Papers with Answers
3Economics Study Notes PDF for UPSC
4Public Administration PDF for UPSC
5Essay Writing Books PDF for UPSC
6Environment and Ecology PDF for UPSC Exam
7Disaster Management PDF for UPSC
8Nitin Sangwan UPSC Study Notes PDF
9Braintree Anthropology PDF for UPSC
10UPSC Main Essay Previous Year Exam Papers PDF
11CCRT Indian Art and Culture PDF Notes for UPSC
12UPSC GK Questions in Hindi
13Last 10 Years UPSC Mains Question Papers PDF
14UPSC Essay PDF Books
15Indian Constitution Revision Notes

Quiz for UPSC Exam

No.UPSC Quiz Topic
1 MCQ On The Constitutional Development of India
2 MCQ On Foreign Impact on the Constitution
3Articles and Schedules of Indian Constitution Quiz
4 The Preamble Quiz With Answers
5 MCQ On Indian Governance System
6 National Symbols Of India Quiz
7 Quiz On Indian States and Union Territories
8 The Citizenship Quiz With Answers
9 MCQ On Fundamental Rights
10 MCQ On DPSP (Directive Principles of State Policy)
11 MCQ On Fundamental Duties
12 Quiz On President Of India
13 MCQ On Vice President Of India
14 MCQ On Council of Ministers
15 MCQ On The Attorney General and C.A.G.
16 MCQ On Preference Hierarchy
17 MCQ On Lok Sabha
18 MCQ On Rajya Sabha
19 MCQ On The Parliament
20 The Supreme Court Quiz
21 MCQ On The Governor
22 MCQ On The State Legislature
23 Quiz On The High Court
24 MCQ On The Centre State Relations
25 MCQ On Emergency Provisions 
26 MCQ On The Finance Commission
27 MCQ On The Planning Commission
28 MCQ On Lokpal and Important Commissions
29 MCQ On Temporary Special Provisions
30 Election Commission Quiz With Answers
31 Political Parties Quiz With Answers
32 Constitutional Amendment Quiz With Answers
33 MCQ On Official Language 
34 MCQ On Panchayati Raj and Community Development 
35 MCQ On Special Provision for Certain Class
35Income Tax Law And Practice Quiz
35General English Grammar Quiz
35Medieval History UPSC Quiz
35Ancient History MCQ Quiz
35Economic And Social Development MCQ Quiz
35General Knowledge MCQ Quiz

Indian National Movement Quiz for UPSC

No.Quiz Topics
1MCQ on Revolution of 1857
2Educational Development in Modern India
3Development of Press in Modern India
4Social and Religious Movement
5Political Institution Established before Congress
6Indian National Congress MCQ
7Moderate Groups and Extremist Groups in Congress
8Revolutionary Movement in India MCQ
9Revolutionary Activities Outside India
10Partition of Bengal (1905) and the Indigenous Movement
11Congress : Banaras, Calcutta and Surat Session
12Formation of Muslim League (1906)
13Morley-Minto Reforms
14Delhi Durbar and Change of Capital
15Lucknow Session of Congress (The Lucknow Pact)
16Home Rule League Movement
17Gandhi and His Early Movements
18Peasant Movement and Kisan Sabha
19Trade Union and Communist Party
20Rowlatt Act and Jallianwala Bagh Massacre (1919)
21MCQs on Khilafat Movement
22Non Cooperation Movement MCQs with Answers
23Formation of Swaraj Party (1923)
24Simon Commission (1927)
25Lahore Session of Congress, Proposal of Complete Independence (1929)
26Civil Disobedience Movement
27Gandhi-Irwin Pact MCQs with Answers
28Karachi Session of Congress (1931)
29Round Table Conference
30Communal Arbitration and Poona Pact
31Congress Socialist Party (1934)
32Provincial Election and Formation of Cabinet (1937)
33Tripuri Crisis of Congress (1939)
34MCQ on Integration of Princely States for UPSC
35World War 2 MCQ Quiz with Answers
36Demand for Pakistan
37Individual Satyagraha (1940)
38Cripps Mission (1942)
39Quit India Movement MCQ Quiz
40Subhash Chandra Bose and Azad Hind Fauj
41Cabinet Mission Plan (1946) MCQ Quiz with Answers
42MCQ on Constituent Assembly (1946) of India
43Formation of Interim Government (1946) MCQs with Answers
44MCQ Questions on Partition of India and Independence
45MCQ on Evolution of Indian Constitution

Syllabus 2023

Generally, the objective of UPSC exam is to assess aspirants’ overall intellectual attributes along with the depth of comprehension instead of restricting it to just their level of knowledge and memory.

For the optional subject papers’ scope of the syllabus is up to the honours degree level. All the nine papers that constitute UPSC exam are required to be answered in conventional essay-type answers.

Paper I:

The first paper of UPSC exam is about any one of the Indian Language which is selected by the candidate from the list of languages that are included in the Indian Constitution’s Eight Schedule.

Candidates have more than 30 languages to choose from.

Paper II:

The second paper of UPSC exam is English. There are two papers on the subject. The papers are specifically designed to judge the first-hand knowledge as well as critical text reading from the prescribed English Literature.

Paper III:

The third paper of UPSC exam is of Essay. Students appearing for the exam are asked to write an essay on a specific topic from the given choice of subjects.

They are supposed to remain affix to the topic given and at the same time express their opinion and be able to write concisely. those who are capable of expressing their opinions in the most effective manner score moreover others.

Paper IV and V:

These papers are of General Studies. If candidate is a well-educated person then it is not hard for him/her to answer the questions asked in General Studies.

Answers to the questions in these papers are easy to answer for a qualified person without the need for any specified study of the subject as the questions are meant to assess the general awareness of different subjects which are related to career in Civil Services.

Papers VI, VII, VIII and IX:

For these papers, candidates are required to choose any two subjects of their choice from the list of optional subjects. Thereafter, two papers are set for each subject chosen by the candidate.

There are 25 subjects in total from which candidates are required to choose any two subjects. These subjects are listed below.

AgricultureAnimal Husbandry & Veterinary ScienceAnthropologyBotanyChemistryCivil EngineeringCommerce & AccountancyEconomics
Electrical EngineeringGeographyGeologyHistoryLawManagementMathematicsMechanical Engineering
Medical SciencePhilosophyPhysicsPolitical Science & International RelationsPsychologyPublic AdministrationSociologyStatistics and Zoology

Candidates must qualify in both the Preliminary and Main exams for moving further in UPSC exam. After qualifying successfully in both exams, candidates are called for an interview which is the final stage of the exam.

In the context of UPSC exams, candidates must keep in mind that perfection is the only criteria on which scores are allotted. Just having knowledge about the syllabus is not enough as you must be able to answer the entire question paper in the given time in the given word limit and also in precise manner.

Selection in UPSC

After clearing the written test successfully, you will be required to face multiple rounds of interviews, group discussions and a Medical test (wherever necessary).

UPSC Preparation Tips for Exam

Practice is the mantra to crack UPSC exam.

Here we have given a few tips on how to prepare yourself for UPSC exam 2021.

  • Do not think restlessly, instead concentrate on your exam with calm mind. Lest you will feel nervous and uneasy.
  • Remember, you need to be fully dedicated to your competitive exam preparation.
  • Make proper planning for your preparation and execute it too.
  • Keep your confidence level high and take a deep interest in the subjects of importance.
  • Learn to fight fatigue but spare some time for relaxation too.
  • Check your speed, output by self-testing on your own in advance. For this you can appear in the mock test.
  • Figure out your weak points and work on them so that they disappear before your exam day.

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