Must covered topics for UPSC Prelims 2017 [Important]

Important topics must covered before UPSC 2017 Civil Services Prelims Exam

The Union Public Service Commission is going to conduct the Civil Services Preliminary examination on 18th June 2017. The civil services Examination is considered as one of the most perplexing examinations in India. Lots of aspirants appear for the Civil Services Examination every year and hardly 1000 candidates crack the examination. This clearly indicates the hard competition and tough nature of the examination.

Syllabus for Civil Services Preliminary Examination:

General studies paper I

  • 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

General Studies Paper II

  • 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)

 UPSC Civil Services Exam Question Paper trends of past 4 years (2013 to 2016)

The table shows the past 4 year’s trend. The questions from UPSC Civil Services preliminary examination 2013- 2016 is blended with current affairs. The questions from each topic were not asked directly. They all had the flavor of current affairs. In the first sight, the nature of the question seems like current affairs. But if you dissect it intelligently you can find the elements of core concepts. UPSC never asks a question without reason. In this point, solving previous paper becomes significant. By solving previous years question the paper candidate can generate the idea about the questions asked by UPSC for civil services preliminary examination.

YearPolityEconomyGeography, Agriculture& EnvironmentHistory & CultureScience & tech.Defense & others


This section is dedicated to important articles related to UPSC Civil Services Preparation.

To crack this examination the aspirants need right assistance and a meticulously designed study plan. It will enhance your self-confidence and helps you stay focused till you achieve your dream. When you are under the right guidance, the hard work you put will absolutely yield results. Here we are giving you right assistance. Based on previous year question paper, we are providing the important topics for each subject to crack civil services preliminary 2017.

Important Articles 

Geography and Environment:

  • BS-IV, BS-VI norms also Euro III, IV,V norms
  • Rings of fire
  • Indian Handloom industry
  • Brahmaputra River, Lohit River, Sadia Bridge
  • Mountain ranges in eastern Himalaya mapping
  • Sagarmala Project
  • Fifth mode of transportation (HYPERLOOP)
  • National Water ways
  • Ultra mega solar power projects
  • Cloud seeding
  • Draughts
  • Formation of estuaries
  • Shale gas
  • Air quality index
  • Shola forest
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Kigali Agreement, HFC, Montreal Protocol, Viennaconvention
  • Geography of Chhabahaar port, south china sea
  • Industrial Pollutants and its effects
  • National water Framework bill, 2016
  • Elephant Corridor
  • Geography of Great Barrier Reef, coral bleaching and everything related to Corals
  • Ganga and Yamuna as living entity
  • Geographical indicators
  • All biospherereserves, national parks, Ramsar site

History, Art & Culture:

  • Shri Guru Gobind Singh
  •  Tawang Monetaryalso geography of Tawang, tribes belonging to Tawang region
  •  Dalai Lama                             
  • Jalikattu
  • Jainism, Buddhism from old NCERT
  •  Gandhiji’s Satyagrah (Champaranya)
  • Kambala
  •  Pallava Art
  • Bindusara
  • Lokmanya Tilak
  • Vijaynagar
  • ( revise Old NCERT modern India)
  • Gist of first three chapters of India year book

Economics & Development, Important Govt. Schemes:

  • All government flagship schemes: specially employment generation and agriculture related
  • Payment and small banks, Authority of RBI regarding demonetization or remonetisation
  • Crisil rating and other rating agencies
  • Rashtriy swastya Surksha Yojna
  • WTO – Trade facilitation agreement, Anti-dumping duties, MFN, TRIPS
  • Bad bank
  • Google tax, Facebook tax, fat tax, carbon tax (budget)
  • Bit coin
  • Banking: Basics, about NPA, national income, twin balance sheet problem
  • Revision of Economic survey (notes)&budget notes is must
  • GST, Tax-Reforms
  • bank corrupcy act

Polity and International Relations:

  • Mental health care bill, Right of person with disabilities bill
  • Motor vehicle act India-Bangladesh
  • Act east policy, Kaladan multimodal project, Sadiya bridge
  •  Ease of doing business and India’s position
  • Missile technology control regime, Hague code of conduct, NSG, Wassenar arrangement and Australia group
  • EVM
  • 69th amendment and constitutional provisions for Delhi 
  • EU, TPP, Asia-Africa corridor, chemical weapon convention
  • China Pak economic corridor 
  • International Solar Alliance
  • I&W- recent all military exercises
  • Maternity benefit amendment
  • Starred questions of parliament
  • Forest right act,2006
  • BCCI, LODHA committee recommendations
  • TSR Subhramhanyam committee on educational reforms
  • Removal of Supreme Court/ high court
  • Working languages of English and French
  • Presidential elections methods (India and USA), President’s rule
  •  Trans-Atlantic partnership, Regional comprehensive economic partnership 
  • Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, also procedure and criteria for becoming member of EU
  •  (NCERT constitution at work)
  • Financial emergency
  • Revise M.Laxmikant in last 10 days once

Science and Technology:

  • Denial of service attack in India, Ronsomware
  • Food safety and standard (fortification of foods) regulation,2016
  •  Antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Intercontinental ballistic missile
  • GSLV, ISRO’s successful satellite launching in 2016
  • National health policy, 2017
  • Pokemon GO
  • Foot and mouth disease
  • Kudankulam atomic power plant
  • Zika virus
  • V5 chemical (used to killed Brother of North Korean king)
  • GSLV MAKIII, Basics of geostationary orbit, cryogenic engine etc
  • Revision of last 5 chapters of 12th biology book &all blue boxes important information of 6th to 10 th NCERT


Important Advice:

  • Believe in yourself, Give your 100% no matter what.
  • Revision is key to clear UPSC prelims, revise as max as possible
  • Solve only one question paper a day preferably in the same time slot as actual exam i.e. 9.30 to 12
  • If you are weak in CSAT also solve at CSAT paper a day ( preferably last year’s questions paper)
  • On 18th June, 2017 be at center 30 min before exam, carry your hall ticket, Identity proof, Ball pen (as mentioned in instructions), water bottle.
  • Avoid silly mistake ( careful reading is important, every single marks is important)
  • Keep your attempt range optimal, avoid random guesses, intellectual guesses and elimination techniques will help.
  • Read carefully words like Correct, Incorrect, Not, Only, Always etc.
  • Keep body hydrated and have fresh fruits, this is weather changing span so maintain your health
  • Have sound sleep for 7-9 hours (less sleep will lead to stress)
  • Best of Luck for all serious aspirants, may all you succeed with bright colours.
P.S: This list is not at all comprehensive, but the above mentioned issues should not be missed to revise. It’s just a guideline or checklist for last 10 days revision. Continue with your routine but do revise these topics.

Shruti Mehta

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