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UPSC IAS Study Material

UPSC IAS Study Material PDF: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) every year to recruit candidates for various posts in the government sector. The UPSC IAS exam is a highly competitive exam and requires a thorough understanding of various subjects and topics. One of the most effective ways to prepare for the UPSC CSE is to use UPSC IAS study material.

UPSC IAS notes are well-structured study materials that provide comprehensive coverage of all the crucial topics and essential concepts necessary to crack the Civil Services Exam (CSE). These notes are prepared by experts and experienced teachers who possess profound knowledge of the UPSC CCE pattern and syllabus.

Overview of UPSC IAS Study Material PDF

For a comprehensive understanding of the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE), we have compiled important information in the table below. Candidates are urged to refer to the following table for crucial details about UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE):

Conducting AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Name of Exam UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE)
PostsIndian Administrative Services (IAS)
Indian Police Services (IPS)
Indian Revenue Services (IRS)
Indian Foreign Services (IFS) etc…
Job CategoryGovt Job
Exam ModeOffline
UPSC IAS Study MaterialAvailable Now
Selection ProcessPrelims
Mains
Interview
UPSC Official Websiteupsc.gov.in

UPSC IAS General Studies-I Study Material PDF

From below you can download the UPSC IAS General Studies-I Study Material PDF subject-wise for your exam preparation.

GS-I Study MaterialDownload Link
Art and Culture NotesDownload PDF
Ancient History NotesDownload PDF
Medival History NotesDownload PDF
Modern History NotesDownload PDF
Post-Independence India NotesDownload PDF
World History NotesDownload PDF
Geography NotesDownload PDF
Society NotesDownload PDF

UPSC IAS General Studies-II Study Material PDF

From below you can download UPSC IAS General Studies-II Study Material PDF subject-wise for your exam preparation.

GS-II Study MaterialDownload Link
Polity NotesDownload PDF
Governance NotesDownload PDF
Social Justice NotesDownload PDF

UPSC IAS General Studies-III Study Material PDF

From below you can download UPSC IAS General Studies-III Study Material PDF subject-wise for your exam preparation.

GS-III Study MaterialDownload Link
Economics NotesDownload PDF
Environment NotesDownload PDF
Science and Technology NotesDownload PDF
Disaster Management NotesDownload PDF
Security NotesDownload PDF

UPSC IAS General Studies-IV Study Material PDF

From below you can download UPSC IAS General Studies-IV Study Material PDF subject-wise for your exam preparation.

GS-IV Study MaterialDownload Link
Ethics & Aptitude NotesDownload PDF
Case Studies NotesDownload PDF

UPSC IAS CSAT Study Material PDF

From below you can download the UPSC IAS CSAT Exam Study Material PDF subject-wise for your exam preparation.

IAS Prelims Study MaterialDownload Link
AptitudeDownload PDF
ReasoningDownload PDF
General EnglishDownload PDF
GK (static)Download PDF

UPSC IAS Mind Maps PDF

From below you can download the UPSC IAS Mind Maps PDF subject-wise for your exam preparation.

UPSC IAS Mind MapsDownload Link
Polity Mind MapsDownload PDF
Geography Mind MapsDownload PDF
Economics Mind Maps IDownload PDF
Economics Mind Maps IIDownload PDF
Science and Technolgy Mind MapsDownload PDF
World History Mind MapsDownload PDF
International Relation Mind MapsDownload PDF
Ethics Mind MapsDownload PDF
Disaster, Society and Security Mind MapsDownload PDF
Agriculture Mind MapsDownload PDF

NCERT GIST Subject-Wise PDFs

From below you can download NCERT Gist subject-wise for your exam preparation.

1. History

Class-Wise HistoryDownload Link
History 6th ClassDownload PDF
History 7th ClassDownload PDF
History 8th ClassDownload PDF
History 9th ClassDownload PDF
History 10th ClassDownload PDF
History 11th ClassDownload PDF
History 12th Class Part-IDownload PDF
History 12th Class Part-IIDownload PDF
History 12th Class Part-IIIDownload PDF

2. Geography

Class-Wise GeographyDownload Link
Geography 6th ClassDownload PDF
Geography 7th ClassDownload PDF
Geography 8th ClassDownload PDF
Geography 9th ClassDownload PDF
Geography 10th ClassDownload PDF
Geography 11th Class Part-IDownload PDF
Geography 11th Class Part-IIDownload PDF
Geography 12th Class Part-IDownload PDF
Geography 12th Class Part-IIDownload PDF
Geography 12th Class Part-IIIDownload PDF

3. Polity/Civics

Class-Wise PolityDownload Link
Polity 6th ClassDownload PDF
Polity 7th ClassDownload PDF
Polity 8th ClassDownload PDF
Polity 9th ClassDownload PDF
Polity 10th ClassDownload PDF
Polity 11th Class Part-IDownload PDF
Polity 11th Class Part-IIDownload PDF
Polity 12th Class Part-IDownload PDF
Polity 12th Class Part-IIDownload PDF

4. Economics

Class-Wise EconomicsDownload Link
Economics 9th ClassDownload PDF
Economics 10th ClassDownload PDF
Economics 11th ClassDownload PDF
Economics 12th Class Part-IDownload PDF
Economics 12th Class Part-IIDownload PDF
Economics 12th Class Part-IIIDownload PDF

5. Society

Class-Wise SocietyDownload Link
Society 11th ClassDownload PDF
Society 12th ClassDownload PDF

6. Science

Class-Wise ScienceDownload Link
Science 6th ClassDownload PDF
Science 7th ClassDownload PDF
Science 8th Class Download PDF
Science 9th Class Download PDF
Chemistry Complete GISTDownload PDF
Physics Complete GISTDownload PDF
Biology Complete GISTDownload PDF

Benefits of Using NCERT Gist PDFs for UPSC IAS Exam Preparations:

  1. Comprehensive yet Concise: NCERT Gist PDFs condense vast amounts of information from the NCERT textbooks into a concise format. This allows aspirants to grasp the core concepts quickly, saving valuable study time and avoiding information overload.
  2. Clear Understanding of Fundamentals: Competitive exams often test candidates on their fundamental knowledge of subjects. NCERT Gist PDFs offer a clear understanding of fundamental concepts, laying a strong foundation for more advanced topics.
  3. Alignment with Exam Syllabus: UPSC IAS Exam follows the NCERT syllabus to a significant extent. Using Gist PDFs ensures that candidates cover the essential topics and remain aligned with the prescribed syllabus.
  4. Time Management: Aspirants preparing for UPSC CSE often juggle multiple subjects and topics simultaneously. NCERT Gist PDFs help streamline the study process, enabling effective time management and reducing study stress.
  5. Revision and Quick Recall: NCERT Gist PDFs are designed for quick revision. They help candidates revise important concepts and facts swiftly, enhancing their ability to recall information during the exam.
  6. Language Clarity: NCERT textbooks are known for their lucid language and simplicity. The Gist PDFs retain this clarity, making it easier for students from diverse linguistic backgrounds to grasp the content effectively.

Important UPSC IAS Links

Important Links
Download UPSC IAS Syllabus PDF | CLICK HERE
UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Papers | CLICK HERE

Recommended Books for the UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam Preparation

SubjectName of the bookAuthor/ PublicationDescription
General Studies (Both Papers)General StudiesMcGraw HillGreat for those who want to learn everything about topics under General Studies.
NCERT General StudiesMcGraw HillOne of the best books for General Studies.
Indian Heritage, Art, and CultureMadhukar Kumar BhagatProvides comprehensive coverage of all the topics of Indian Heritage
Geography of IndiaMajid HusainA very handy book for Geography
A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningR.S. AggarwalOne of the finest books for logical reasoning concepts.

Recommended Books for the UPSC IAS Mains Exam Preparation

SubjectName of the bookAuthor/ PublicationDescription
General Studies (All Papers)General StudiesMcGraw HillGreat for those who want to learn everything about topics under General Studies
NCERT General StudiesMcGraw HillOne of the best books for General Studies
Indian Heritage, Art, and CultureMadhukar Kumar BhagatProvides comprehensive coverage of all the topics of Indian Heritage
Indian PolityM. LaxmikanthIn-depth coverage of Indian Polity
Indian EconomyUma KapilaGreat for understanding the Indian Economy
Geography of IndiaMajid HussainAll geographical details of India, curated for overall knowledge
EthicsEthics, Integrity, and AptitudeSantosh Ajmera, Nanda Kishore Reddy/ McGraw HillOne of the most renowned books of Ethics for competitive exams.
Ethics, Integrity, and AptitudeR.K Gupta, IRSA very handy book for learning about Ethics and Integrity for competitive exams.
EnglishObjective General EnglishS.P. BaksiA good book for brushing up on English knowledge.
Objective General EnglishRS AggarwalConsists of all the topics that are commonly covered in the exam.
Objective General EnglishSJ Thakur, SK RoutAll the topics are arranged and explained such that they are easily grasped.
General KnowledgeGeneral KnowledgeManohar PandeyComprehensive topic coverage has been provided.

UPSC Exam Pattern

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Before going to check UPSC Syllabus, candidates should understand the pattern of the UPSC CSE (Civil Service Examination).

PaperSubjectsMarksNo. of QuestionDuration
IGeneral Studies (GS)2001002 hours (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
IICSAT200802 hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

Important Points:

  1. For every incorrect answer, 1/3rd mark of the total mark will be deducted.
  2. For the blank answers, no marks will be deducted.
  3. In General Studies (Paper I), each question is of 2 marks and there is a negative marking of 0.66 marks
  4. In CSAT (Paper-II), each question is of 2.5 marks and a negative marking of 0.833 marks for each wrong answer.
  5. The prelims marks will not be included in the final result (merit list).
  6. Paper II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

UPSC IAS Mains Exam Pattern

The Mains exam comprises 09 papers and candidates have to score minimum qualifying marks in each subject. Language papers are of qualifying marks and the rest of the papers will be scored.

Qualifying PapersMarks
Paper-AOne of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from  the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution300
Paper-BEnglish300
Papers Counted for Merit
Paper-IEssay250
Paper-IIGeneral Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)250
Paper-IIIGeneral Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)250
Paper-IVGenera Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)250
Paper-VGeneral Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250
Paper-VIOptional Subject – Paper 1250
Paper-VIIOptional Subject – Paper 2250
Sub Total (Written Test)1750
Personality Test275
Grand Total 2025

Important Points:

  1. There are two qualifying papers in the mains exam, Namely “Paper A” and “Paper B” of 300 marks each.
  2. Two Qualifying Papers are “Any Indian Language from Eight Schedule ” and “English Language Paper”.
  3. Candidates need to score 25% in both qualifying papers i.e., 75 marks each.
  4. All other seven papers are scoring in nature their marks will be included in the final merit list.
  5. Candidates can answer all the scoring subjects in English or any of the eight schedule languages.
  6. Candidates have to select any one subject from the table as their Optional subject for Paper VI and Paper VII.

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