Pattern & Syllabus of Indian Foreign Service Mains Examination
Main examination is a written type of examination.
|Sr. No.||Paper||Mode||Max. Marks||Duration|
|1)||General Studies I||Compulsory||300||3 Hours|
|2)||General Studies II||Compulsory||300||3 Hours|
|5)||Indian Language*||Qualifying||300*||3 Hours|
|6)||Optional I Paper I||Optional Paper||300||3 Hours|
|7)||Optional I Paper II||Optional Paper||300||3 Hours|
|8)||Optional II Paper I||Optional Paper||300||3 Hours|
|9)||Optional II Paper II||Optional Paper||300||3 Hours|
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.
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|
|2||Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science|
|7||Commerce and Accountancy|
|20||Political Science and International Relations|
Literature of one of the following Languages that can be studied for this Examination:-