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Compulsory Subjects for UPSC Prelims Exam – A Smart Guide to Your Preparation

Compulsory Subjects for UPSC Prelims Exam
Compulsory Subjects for UPSC Prelims Exam

Preparing for the UPSC exam prelims can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to understanding the compulsory subjects for UPSC Prelims exam, which form the foundation of the examination. In this guide, we will break down the key compulsory subjects for UPSC exam prelims, providing essential insights to help aspirants navigate through their preparation effectively.

1] Art & Culture

This compulsory subject covers Art & Craft, different art types in India, different dance types, music types, martial art types, awards, languages, scientific achievement of ancient Indians, different cultures in India, their festivals etc.

2] Ancient Indian History

This is another compulsory subject in UPSC Prelims exam. It covers Indian history form dawn of civilization till advent of medieval age i.e. till defeat of Prithiviraj Chauhan by the hands of Mehmood of Ghajani. (till 1191 AD)

3] Medieval Indian History

This is the smallest of the all compulsory subjects for UPSC Prelims exam. The subject covers period of Indian history from 1191 AD till 1757 AD i.e. till battle of Plassey, the first major victory of British in India

4] Modern Indian History

Modern Indian History covers the phase of Indian history from mid eighteenth century (1757) till Indian independence (1947). This is one of the important subject for Prelims exam.

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5] Polity

Polity is a vast subject in UPSC Prelims, however it is also scorable. The subject covers Indian constitution, laws, amendments, etc. and the current happenings in this domain.

6] Indian Economy

This is the most important of all the compulsory subjects for UPSC prelims exam. Thus if someone wants to clear the exam, this is the most compulsory of all. More than 20 questions get asked form this subject every year and study for this subject is not optional.

7] Geography

Geography is also one of the important subject when it comes to UPSC Prelims. The questions asked on this topic are usually factual, and thus if someone prepares well, it is a scoring subject.

8] Environment

This subject has gained prominence since combining of IFoS exam with CSE. A lot of questions get asked from environment every year and it is the next compulsory subject you should be doing after Indian Economy.

9] Science & Technology

Contrary to common assumption, this is not a current affairs subject. A systematic preparation will reveal that this subject has lot of topics from which questions get asked every year, and these topics are static. Thus you should do it well, after analysing the pyqs.

10] Current Affairs and General Knowledge

This is the most un-predictable of all the UPSC Prelims compulsory subjects. Unfortunately, a lot of attention is paid to this subject. One should know that despite hard efforts, one cannot have more than 50% accuracy in this and thus priority should be set accordingly.

If one studies all the Compulsory Subjects for UPSC Prelims Exam, with the priorities as mentioned in this article, be sure that your chances of success in UPSC Prelims will be much higher. UPSC Prelims exam is the most important of all the three stages of UPSC-CSE and cracking this will ensure high chance of success.

Feel free to explore all the resources for UPSC Prelims available on this website. Best wishes for your preparation! We also recommend going through the Detailed Discussion on UPSC Prelims Syllabus for a better strategy.

UPSC Prelims PYQ Book
  • Collection of more than 3200 Previous Year Questions (1995-2023)
  • All questions divided into 10 Subjects
  • Subject further sub-divided into more than 75 topics
  • All answers according to official answer key
  • BEST PYQ CLASSIFICATION EVER !

Previous Year Questions (PYQs) on Compulsory Subjects for UPSC Prelims Exam

Sr. No.Subject NamePrevious Year Questions (1995-2023)
1)Art and Culture – UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
2)Ancient History- UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
3)Medieval Indian History – UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
4)Modern Indian History – UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
5)Polity – UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
6)Indian Economy – UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
7)Geography – UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
8)Environment – UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
9)Science and Technology – UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
10)Current Affairs and General Knowledge – UPSC Prelims Previous Year QuestionsClick Here
  • Collection of more than 3200 Previous Year Questions (1995-2023)
  • All questions divided into 10 Subjects
  • Subject further sub-divided into more than 75 topics
  • All answers according to official answer key
  • BEST PYQ CLASSIFICATION EVER !
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