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Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was formerly known as Imperial Civil Service (ICS) is the Civil Services Examination and one of the toughest competitive exams in India. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of officers for the All India Administrative Civil Service. The only thing constant in today’s world is “change”. Similarly to keep up with dynamic syllabus of IAS, LK Academy designs Best IAS academy syllabus in Surat, in such a manner which covers up with all the current information. On average, 900,000 to 1,000,000 candidates apply every year. The examination consists of the following three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary examination - A qualifying test advertised in Feb-March and held in June-July each year.
Stage II: Main examination
Stage III: Personality Test (interview)
Best IAS academy syllabus in Surat:
The Best IAS academy syllabus in Surat will cover the following pattern of IAS exams.
Preliminary Exam Pattern
Sr. No Name of the paper Nature of the paper Exam duration No. of questions Maximum marks
1. Paper I General Studies For Merit 2 hours 100 200
2. CSAT Qualifying 2 hours 80 200
Important Points to Note:
Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
• There is a ‘Negative Marking’ in the IAS Prelims examination for every incorrect answer. The negative marking for incorrect answers will be 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks to that question. • The General Studies Paper- II (CSAT) is of qualifying nature with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33% of 200 i.e. 66.67 Marks. What it means is that only when a candidate scores above 66.67 marks in Paper-II, he/she is in the race to qualify for the Main examination.
• It is mandatory for the candidates to appear in both the papers of civil services prelims examination for the evaluation.
• This stage is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
• The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in that year.
Preliminary Syllabus – Paper 1
• 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
Preliminary Syllabus – Paper 2
• 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)
The second stage of the Civil Services Exam is called as the Main Examination, which is a written examination and comprises of 9 papers. The list of these 9 papers is as follows:
Sr. No Paper Name of the paper Nature of the paper Exam duration Maximum marks
1. Paper – A Compulsory Indian Language Qualifying in Nature 3 hours 300
2. Paper – B Compulsory English Qualifying in Nature 3 hours 300
3. Paper – I ESSAY Marks are counted to determine the final order of merit. 3 hours 250
4. Paper – II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) Marks are counted to determine the final order of merit. 3 hours 250
5. Paper – III General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) Marks are counted to determine the final order of merit. 3 hours 250
6. Paper – IV General Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) Marks are counted to determine the final order of merit. 3 hours 250
7. Paper – V General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) Marks are counted to determine the final order of merit. 3 hours 250
8. Paper – VI General Studies-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 Marks are counted to determine the final order of merit. 3 hours 250
9. Paper – VII General Studies-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 Marks are counted to determine the final order of merit. 3 hours 250
Personality Test/Interview 275
GRAND TOTAL 2025
Important Points to Note:
• Like General Studies Paper–II (CSAT) of preliminary stage, Paper-A and Paper –B of Main examination are of qualifying nature.
• The candidate has to score minimum qualifying marks in both the papers, only then his/her other papers will be evaluated.
• The minimum qualifying marks set for both these papers is 25% i.e. 75 marks.
• Marks obtained by the candidates for Paper I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking.
• Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language Papers, Paper-A and Paper-B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India or in English.