UPSC conducts civil services exam every year for the recruitment of IPS officers for Indian Candidates. The selection for this exam is very tough and it comes only next to IAS selection.

IPS Exam Syllabus

IPS Exam consists of total 9 papers based on different topics which are mentioned below:

  • Paper I, Indian Languages, 300 Marks
  • Paper II, English, 300 Marks
  • Paper III, Essay, 200 Marks
  • Paper IV, General Studies, 300 Marks
  • Paper V, General Studies, 300 Marks
  • Paper VI, VII, VIII and IX, 2 Optional Subjects, 2 Papers from Each Subject, 300 marks each paper

Applicants will have to qualify in all the above Exams and after that they will be called for Interview for final selection.

Part A


Paper I – (200 marks) Duration : Two hours

• 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) Duration : Two hours

• 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).

Note :-

Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

Part B


Paper III : English (200 marks / 3 hours duration) :- This will be a qualifying test only of Matriculation or equivalent standard.

The aim of the paper is to test the candidate’s ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English.

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows (indicative only) :—

(i) Comprehension of given passages;
(ii) Precis Writing;
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary;
(iv) Paragraphs writing;

Note:- Answer to all questions in this Paper will have to be attempted in English only.

Paper IV : Essay ( 200 Marks/ three hours duration)

Candidates will be required to write two Essays. One topic will pertain to Indian Society/politics/ Economy/Development, Growth and related aspects. The other topic will pertain to security and related matters. Candidates will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Paper V : General Studies (200 Marks/ three hours duration)
The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s awareness of a variety of subjects and are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

Note :-

This paper can be answered by the Candidates either in English or in Hindi.

Attempting answers in any other language or use of ‘mixed’ language (i.e. partly in English and partly in Hindi) is not permissible.


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