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UPSC Prelims 2020 - Notes, Books, Strategy & IAS Prelims Syllabus For Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam

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The UPSC Prelims comprises of two objective type papers (General Studies I and General Studies II or CSAT) for a total of 400 marks. Both papers are usually held on the same day in two sessions via offline mode (pen-paper). The Prelims Admit Card would be released on the official website of UPSC 2-3 weeks before the date of the exam.

90 Day Preparation Strategy for UPSC Prelims 2020 UPSC Prelims date for 2020 exam is 31st May. The following strategies will help candidates to score well in the exam. Current Affairs are an important part of UPSC Prelims. Ideally, aspirants should prepare Current Affairs from now to have the updated information on relevant incidents on a regular basis. Important sources for current affairs preparation for IAS exam 2020 are: Yojana Magazine Newspapers (The Hindu/The Indian Express) Press Information Bureau (PIB) Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) However, if you are pressed for time, BYJU’S free IAS preparation provides: Comprehensive daily news analysis The gist of Yojana The gist of EPW Daily video analysis of The Hindu Economy This Week for UPSC Preparation Candidates should prepare for UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains simultaneously as there is syllabus overlap. Check the complete IAS syllabus 2020. For more previous years’ UPSC question papers, you can refer to the link. For CSAT or General Studies Paper-II in UPSC Prelims, go through the previous years’ question papers to gauge your level. As such, there is not much preparation needed for CSAT, however, only you can take that call. For complete information on CSAT 2020 including books, strategy and trend analysis, refer to the link. Making Notes for the UPSC Prelims and Mains is a must. Having notes in your own handwriting is preferred by some candidates, however, considering the time constraint, we have given links for important notes from NCERTs and Byju’s classroom notes for IAS Prelims. NCERT notes – Ancient Indian History for UPSC Prelims NCERT notes – Medieval History of India for UPSC Prelims NCERT notes – Modern Indian History and Indian National Movement for UPSC Prelims NCERT notes – Art, culture, and architecture for UPSC Prelims NCERT notes – Geography (Physical) notes for UPSC Prelims BYJU’s classroom notes on Indian Economy for UPSC Prelims BYJU’s classroom notes on Environment for UPSC Prelims BYJU’s classroom notes on Indian Polity for UPSC Prelims BYJU’s classroom notes on S&T for UPSC Prelims BYJU’s classroom notes on Ancient Indian History for UPSC Prelims BYJU’s classroom notes on Medieval Indian History for UPSC Prelims BYJU’s classroom notes on Modern Indian History for UPSC Prelims As the questions in UPSC Prelims are all objective-type, it is essential to practice solving MCQs during the preparation. Here, we have given a list of MCQs for different subjects for UPSC Prelims 2020. MCQs on Polity for UPSC Prelims MCQs on Indian Economy for UPSC Prelims MCQs on General Knowledge for UPSC Prelims MCQs on Science and Technology for UPSC Prelims MCQs on Environment and Ecology for UPSC Prelims BYJU’s Weekly Current Affairs quiz for UPSC Prelims 2020 For UPSC Prelims preparation, there are a few topics that candidates just can’t afford to miss. At BYJU’s free IAS preparation, we have compiled them into easy to read articles tailor-made for Prelims revision. Indian Constitution – Borrowed Features Important terms from Ancient Indian History List of Hydroelectric Power Plants in India List of important cities and rivers in India List of important monuments in India List of Elephant Reserves in India Important terms from Medieval History of India List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India Timelines for quick revision – Medieval History of India List of Thermal Power Plants in India Geography preparation through Maps List of National Waterways in India List of diseases and causing agents List of Mahajanapadas (Ancient Indian History) List of Important Days and Dates List of National Highways in India List of important Straits Focus Areas for different subjects in UPSC Prelims Indian Independence movement: Main congress sessions with the year, president and important resolutions Significant viceroys and their period with important decisions The Government of India Acts 1909, 1919, 1935 and charter acts Ancient history: Hindu philosophy, Buddhism and Jainism Mauryan and Gupta Period Art, architecture and scientific development during that period Medieval history: Important kings such as Sher Shah, Akbar, etc. and Delhi Sultanate Polity: Here, importance should be given on current events, such as any changes in the constitution, new acts or amendments, and schemes Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) Committee system, parliament, and parliamentary proceedings Judiciary Constitutional bodies S&T: For basic science concepts, refer to NCERT books selectively as in-depth knowledge is not needed Focus on current affairs part Environment and Ecology Important declarations, conventions IUCN’s Red List Biosphere Reserves, Tiger Reserves etc. International bodies Geography: Solar system Latitudes and longitudes Layers of the atmosphere Global atmospheric wind, cyclones Pressure belts Revolution, rotation and seasons Monsoons Types of rainfall Koeppen classification Jet streams, ocean currents El Nino, La Nina India’s physical geography (NCERT) Rivers, hills, soil (India) Mineral resources (India), Geological history of India Basics of agriculture (NCERT) Maps Economy: Importance should be given on current events like new bills and important committees focus on basic and fundamental concepts like: Growth and development, poverty, unemployment, inflation State of the national and global economy Major committees and bills Latest budget and economic survey UPSC Prelims – Trend Analysis UPSC has established itself to be predictably unpredictable. So, candidates should only see the trends as a reference and not draw too much inference. In the table given below, we have broken down the UPSC Prelims 2019 GS 1 paper: Subject Number of questions History 17 Economy 14 Polity 15 Environment & Ecology 11 Geography 14 Science & Technology 7 Current Affairs 22 Total 100 For similar analysis and comparison of subject-wise weightage in UPSC Prelims from 2011 to 2019, check the link. UPSC Prelims – Study Material for IAS preparation A big part of UPSC preparation is selecting the right study material. Studying from the best Civil services Prelims Books will be both efficient and effective. For both, UPSC Prelims and Mains, NCERTs are a must because of their credibility and easy to understand language.

For details on IAS Exam, refer to the linked article. Aspirants can find more information about UPSC Prelims 2020 from the links given below: UPSC Calendar 2020 UPSC 2020 Candidates can check UPSC Calendar 2021 in the linked article to know UPSC Prelims 2021 exam date.

1. Candidates can download the UPSC IAS Prelims 2019 Question Papers for practice from the links below: UPSC Prelims 2019: GS Paper 1 (Series C): Download here UPSC Prelims 2019: CSAT paper II (Series A): Download here The UPSC Prelims Answer Keys can be found at the linked article. UPSC Prelims 2020 – Syllabus The detailed UPSC Prelims syllabus for 2020 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. You can find the in-depth syllabus for UPSC Prelims 2020 here.

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