Civil Services: You Can't Expect A Question Paper Without These Topics

By Sashikanth

India's toughest entrance examination, Civil Services Examination, is all set to kick-start the year-long selection process with the Preliminary. Over five lakh candidates will lock their horns in this prestigious examination to qualify for the next stage of the selection process, Main Examination.

It's high time for civil service aspirants to bring out their best, specifically during the last month of the Preliminary preparations. The toppers of the civil services always suggest candidates go through the previous years' question papers because this will give you a broader understanding of the syllabus.


If you really mastered the previous years' question papers, without any second opinion, you can guess the topics that are appearing constantly. If you cannot due to time constraints, no need to worry much. Here are some of the important topics in Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam you need to consider before starting the last-month preparation.

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Important Topics In UPSC Civil Services Current Events

We cannot guess much in this subject because it has no boundaries. Many aspirants are a little bit confused between current affairs and latest developments in the subjects such as geography and science. However, your prime focus should be on the topics that are constantly in the news. This will be the same for the international events also.

Important Topics In UPSC Civil Services History

Undeniably, the freedom movement will be the first topic in the history section. We suggest you focus more on the modern history, especially after Gandhi entered India. Around two-three questions are expected on Gandhi or the issues related to him. However, concentrate on the ancient and medieval history that has carried cultural importance.

Important Topics In UPSC Civil Services Polity

Important Topics In UPSC Civil Services Polity

This subject grabs the attention of the aspirants because the topics are related to daily life. The most important topics are usually from the Indian Constitution such as DPSPs, fundamental duties and fundamental rights. The amendments are also equally important. Give importance to the 42nd and 73rd Amendment Act. As the NITI Ayog is in news recently, you can expect a direct question from this topic. Give more time to study the latest bills and committees.

Important Topics In UPSC Civil Services Geography

When we discuss the important topics of geography, the physical geography is most important compared to economic and social geography. Be strong in the factual data such as physical maps because around two questions are expected. Understand the difference between economic geography and economic influence on people, because many students commit mistakes here.

Important Topics In UPSC Civil Services Economy

Many aspirants believe that this is an ocean to cover. If you apply some common sense while preparing, you can score more in this subject. For instance, understand why GST is in news. Don't give much importance to figures. Be prepared with concepts that are related to poverty, demographics and the social sector. Take a look at the Economic Survey.

Important Topics In UPSC Civil Services Environmental Studies

Always give cornerstone to the recent happenings because the official notification reads that this subject requires no specialisation. Be thorough with all the conventions and agreements that happened in the recent past. The climate change will be the most important one. And never ignore the static facts about national park, wetlands, etc.

Important Topics In UPSC Civil Services General Science

To be honest with you, reading the NCERT class 11 and 12 textbooks is more than enough for traditional knowledge in this subject. Be strong with the basic concepts such as reproduction and digestive system. At least one question can be expected from these topics. Never ignore the latest happenings; the daily happenings and conceptual knowledge in science and technology are very important in this subject.

Obviously, the topics mentioned above are very important. However, relying on these topics alone will not land you safe because the Civil Services Exam always surprises aspirants in an unpredictable way. We suggest you focus more on these topics before initiating the final preparation. Make this important topics list better with your suggestions in our comment shelf.

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