Pattern & Syllabus of Indian Foreign Service Mains Examination

Pattern:-

Main examination is a written type of examination.

Sr. No.
Paper
Mode
Max. Marks
Duration
(Compulsory/Optional)
1)General Studies ICompulsory3003 Hours
2)General Studies IICompulsory3003 Hours
3)EssayCompulsory3003 Hours
4)English*Qualifying300*3 Hours
5)Indian Language*Qualifying300*3 Hours
6)Optional I Paper IOptional Paper3003 Hours
7)Optional I Paper IIOptional Paper3003 Hours
8)Optional II Paper IOptional Paper3003 Hours
9)Optional II Paper IIOptional Paper3003 Hours
InterviewCompulsory
Total2300

Syllabus:-

General Studies:-

Paper I:-

A) History of Modern India and Indian Culture:-

The History of Modern India will cover history of the Country from about the middle of nineteenth century and would also include questions on important personalities who shaped the freedom movement and social reforms. The part relating to Indian culture will cover all aspects of Indian culture from the ancient to modern times as well as principal features of Literature, Arts and Architecture.

B) Geography of India:-

In this part, questions will be on the Physical, Economical and Social Geography of India.

C) Constitution of India and Indian Polity:-

This part will include questions on the Constitution of India as well as all Constitutional, Legal, Administrative, and other issues emerging from the Politico-Administrative System prevalent in the country.

D) Current National Issues and Topics of Social Relevance:-

This part is intended to test the candidates awareness of current national issues and topics of social relevance is present-day India, such as given bellow:-

a) The Indian Economy and issues relating to Planning, Mobilization of resources, Growth, Development, and Employment.

b) Issues arising from the Social and Economic exclusion of large sections from the benefits of development.

c) Other issues relating to the Development and Management of Human Resources.

d) Health issues including the management of Public Health, Health Education and Ethical Concerns regarding Health-Care, Medical Research and Pharmaceuticals.

e) Law Enforcement, Internal Security and Related Issues such as Prevention of Communal Harmony.

f) Issues relating to good Governance and Accountability to the Citizens including the maintenance of Human Rights, and of Probity in Public Life.

g) Environmental Issues, Ecological Preservation, Conservation of Natural Resources and National Heritage.

General Studies:-

Paper II:-

A) India and the World:-

This part will include questions to test candidate’s awareness of Indian Relationship with the world in various spheres such as the following:-

Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on Indies relations with neighboring countries and in the region. Security and Defense related matters. Nuclear Policy, Issues, and Conflicts. The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and the World.

B) India’s Economic Interaction with the World:-

In this section questions will be asked on Economic and Trade issues such as Foreign Trade, Foreign Investments, Economic and Diplomacy issues relating to Oil, Gas, and Energy Flows, the role and functions of I.M.F., World Bank,W.T.O., WIPO etc. Which influence India’s Economic Interaction with other Countries and International Institutions.

C) Developments in the Field of Science and Technology, IT and Space:-

In this section questions will test the candidates awareness of the developments in the field of Science and Technology, Information Technology, Space, and Basic Ideas about Computers, Robotics, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and related issues regarding intellectual property rights.

D) International Affairs and Institutions:-

This part will include questions on important events in world affairs and on International Institutions.

E) Statistical Analysis, Graphs, and Diagrams:-

This section will test the candidate’s ability to draw conclusions from information presented in Statistical, Graphical or Diagrammatically form and to interpret them.

List of Optional Subjects for Civil Services Mains Examination:-

Candidates have to select two optional subjects from the following list.

Sr. No.
Optional Subjects
1Agriculture
2Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
3Anthropology
4Botany
5Chemistry
6Civil Engineering
7Commerce and Accountancy
8Economics
9Electrical Engineering
10Geography
11Geology
12History
13Law
14Management
15Mathematics
16Mechanical Engineering
17Medial Science
18Philosophy
19Physics
20Political Science and International Relations
21Psychology
22Public Administration
23Sociology
24Statistics
25Zoology

Literature of one of the following Languages that can be studied for this Examination:-

Sr. No.
Languages
1Hindi
2Sanskrit
3Urdu
4English
5Russian
6Chinese
7German
8Persian
9French
10Nepali
11Arabic
12Gujarati
13Marathi
14Kashmiri
15Bengali
16Punjabi
17Assamese
18Dogri
19Manipuri
20Santali
21Konkani
22Pali
23Bodo
24Sindhi
25Telugu
26Oriya
27Kannada
28Malayalam
29Tamil
30Maithili

 

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