Exclusive Prelims And Exclusive Mains

Exclusive Prelims

As per UPSC Tentative Calendar, UPSC CSE notification will be released on 1st February 2023 and the Prelims Exam is to be held on 28th May 2023.


Salient Features of the Course

1 This course will have a comprehensive coverage of UPSC Prelims Syllabus including CSAT

2 The exam does not test factual knowledge at all. It tests your understanding, conceptual clarity and analytical skills, with the help of our esteemed faculty we ensure you the appropriate need for exam is been provided to you

3 The Course usually starts around December to January

4 UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) is not like other competitive exams. You should take a lot of UPSC Prelims Mock Tests. This course is inclusive of Prelims Test Series with explanation and Discussion classes

5 Course is both in online and offline mode

6 Students can have access to recording classes till the end of Prelims 2023

7 The medium for conducting classes will be English

Upcoming Batch Tentative Schedule

Batch Date Of Commencement Timing Duration
Prelims Combined Mains (Batch 5) 07-07-2024 08:00 am - 10:30 am 15 Months
Prelims Combined Mains (Batch 1) 21-07-2024 09:00 am - 04:30 pm 15 Months
Prelims Combined Mains (Batch 6) 15-08-2024 08:00 am - 12:30 pm 14 Months
Prelims Combined Mains (Batch 2) 18-08-2024 09:00 am - 04:30 pm 13 Months
Prelims Combined Mains (Batch 7) 07-09-2024 08:00 am - 12:30 pm 12 Months
Prelims Combined Mains (Batch 3) 15-09-2024 09:00 am - 04:30 pm 12 Months

Exam Pattern


Paper Name Time Duration No. of Questions Total Marks Nature of Paper
GS Paper I 2 hours 100 200 Marks considered for Preliminary Exam Merit
GS Paper II (CSAT) 2 hours 80 200 Qualifying in nature (33% of total marks)
There will be negative marking for incorrect answers. 1/3rd marks will be deducted as penalty for wrong answers.

Prelims Syllabus

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

Exclusive Mains

The mains exam tests candidate's ability and skill of presenting the answers in a clear-cut and comprehensible way. Consistent writing practice helps in honing articulation which leads to better expression, and, ultimately, better marks.

We at Kamaraj IAS Academy through this exclusive mains class will help you to cover the topics in a timebound manner along with the regular answer writing practice.

The course inclusive the following

1 Classes for Exclusive Mains Topics

2 Revision for important Topics

3 Mains Specific Current Affair Classes

4 Both Online, Offline and Recording classes available

5 Mains Test Series – Containing UPSC Standard Questions

6 Flexibility to take Exam – Both Online and Offline

7 Discussion Classes for Test Series

8 Value Added Materials

9 Personalized Mentoring

Mains Exam Pattern


Exam Paper Name of the Paper Nature of the Paper Duration of the Exam Marks
Paper – A Compulsory Indian Language QUALIFYING NATURE 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – B English 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – I ESSAY MERIT RANKING NATURE 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – II General Studies I 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – III General Studies II 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – IV General Studies III 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – V General Studies IV 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VI Optional Paper I 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VII Optional Paper II 3 Hours 250 Marks
Total 1750 Marks

Mains Syllabus

Qualifying Papers On Indian Languages and English

The aim of the paper is to test the candidates' ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian language concerned.

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows:

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays

Indian Languages:

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays
  • Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa

Paper-I - Essay

Paper-II - General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Paper-IV - General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, - different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas - linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Paper-V - General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects.

The following broad areas will be covered

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics - in private and public relationships. Human Values - lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on above issues

Previous Year Questions

Previous year Questions gives you a better idea of the need of UPSC and the ever evolving nature of the exam. PYQs are the tool that will help you to have a right direction in the preparation.

Previous Year Questions

Previous year Questions gives you a better idea of the need of UPSC and the ever evolving nature of the exam. PYQs are the tool that will help you to have a right direction in the preparation.

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