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UPSC Civil Services Examination New Pattern For Mains – Syllabus 2013

See : Strategy For Mains Exam

 Cut-off Marks of UPSC Mains+Interview 2012


(It means, a guy who scored more than 936 in Mains+Interview got a rank in the final list in the General category)

For Prelims Cut-OffClick Here

Main Examination – NEW PATTERN


The written examination will consist of the following papers:
Qualifying Papers:
Paper‐ A
(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the
candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth
Schedule to the Constitution). 300 Marks

Paper‐ B

English 300 Marks

Papers to be counted for merit


Essay  250 Marks 


General Studies–I 250Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture,
History and Geography of the World
and Society)

General Studies –II 250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution,
Polity, Social Justice and
International relations)

General Studies –III 250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development,
Bio-diversity, Environment, Security
and Disaster Management)

General Studies –IV 250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude FOR BOOK)


Optional Subject –

Candidates can choose only one optional instead of two, and there will be two papers from a single optional (Paper VI and Paper VII); Also only students who have graduated with language as a major subject can chose that language  literature as their optional. i.e., people with BE, MBBS or B.Sc., BA (History) can not opt for English/Kannada/Tamil/Telugu or any other language as their optional for mains)

Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks


Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks

Personality Test 275 Marks.

Grand Total 2025 Marks

To Download Official UPSC Notification Regarding Changes to Mains exam CLICK HERE

Must Read Books For New Pattern:

1) Shorter Constitution Of India (Set of 2 Volumes) 14th Editon Edition – D.D.Basu (this is purely for Reference purpose – Very good book – if you have extra money)

2) India 2013 – Publication Division, Govt. of India 

3) Economic Survey 2012-2013

4) India Since Independence – Bipan Chandra

5) Ideology And Politics in Modern India

6) India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra


A Brief History of Modern India – Spectrum Publications

7)Indian Economy : For Civil Services Examinations 5th Edition (2013) – Ramesh Singh

8) Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations 4th Edition – Laxmikanth

9) Geography of India- Majid Hussain

10) Ethics In Governance OR To Download Free E-Book Click here

11) India After Gandhi : The History of the World’s Largest Democracy Democracy – Ramachandra Guha

12) Mastering Modern World History – New Edition – Norman Lowe

Or Buy this Imported Vesrion updated with in-depth chapters on Arab Spring and 2008 Financial Crisis: Mastering Modern World History -5th Edition, Norman Lowe

13) Facts of Indian Culture – Spectrum Publications


Trends in Indian Culture and Heritage: For Civil Services

Or this book from Government of India: The Gazetteer of India: History and Culture Vol II

14) Select Constitutions: 16th Edition – S Chand

15) India’s Foreign Policy – Muchkund Dubey

16) Challenge And Strategy : Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy – Rajiv Sikri

17) History of the World from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twenty First Century – Arjun Dev (Optional)

18) Social Problems in India 2 Edition – Ram Ahuja

19) Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution – Review

20) Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design – PRATAP BHANU MEHTA

Other Books Civil Services Aspirants Must Read (DURING LEISURE):

1) The Wonder That Was India- A.L.Basham

2) India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age – Gurcharan Das

3) Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century – Shashi Tharoor (Pre-order 30% off )

4) An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions – Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze

5) The Argumentative Indian : Writings on Indian History – Amartya Sen

For More Details:

For Detailed Syllabus CLICK HERE

Civil Services Examination Notification 2013 containing Detailed Syllabus as notified by UPSC