Overview of IAS Questions

HTCampus Expert updated on : 03 Feb 2016

Indian Administrative Services (IAS) exam is conducted in three stages- Preliminary, Main and Interview

IAS Questions

IAS (Indian Administrative Service) exam is one of the toughest national level examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment into different administrative services under the Government of India. The exam is officially known as UPSC Civil Services Exam. This exam is considered to be one of the most popular one as millions of candidates across the country undertake this every year.

The exam consists of three stages – Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Interview. The preliminary exam is the screening exam and consists of objective type questions. The candidates who clear the preliminary exam are eligible to appear for the Main exam. The main exam is subjective in nature and candidates have the option to choose two papers of their choice. Those candidates who clear both the levels are called for an interview. A final list of selected successful candidates is released and on the basis of their performance in the main exam and the interview both. 

Preliminary IAS Sample Question Papers and Syllabus

The preliminary exam will have two compulsory papers of 200 marks each. Both the papers will be objective type and will be set in both Hindi and English language. Each paper will be of two hours duration.

Paper I Syllabus: 200 marks

  • 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, Bio-diversity and Climate Change that do not require subject specialization
  • General Science                                              

Paper II Syllabus: 200 marks

  • 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.) , Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) - Class X level


Since IAS is one of the most competitive exams in the country, proper preparation is very essential. Solving IAS Questions of the previous years’ question papers can be beneficial. 

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