RAS (Rajasthan Administrative Service)

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The Syllabus for RAS Competitive Exam is set by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission
The primary difference between the UPSC Syllabus and the syllabus for state PSC exams is
that for states, candidates have to learn the topics from the state’s perspective as well.
For e.g., if candidates are preparing for RPSC, then they also need to study History, Economy,
Geography, Polity, and Current Affairs related to Rajasthan state as mentioned in the RAS
The RAS Exam is conducted in three stages (similar to the UPSC IAS Exam)

  • Stage 1: RAS Prelims – Objective Type – 200 Marks
  • Stage 2: RAS Mains – Theory/Descriptive – 800 Marks
  • Stage 3: RAS Interview/Personality Test – 100 Marks

New Patterns at a Glance :

Stage 1: RPSC RAS Prelims

  1. The RAS Pre Exam is a screening test and marks are not counted for the final merit list.
    The Syllabus for all RPSC exams can be viewed on the official website of the
  2. RAS Pre Syllabus and Pattern is as follows:
    • One Paper
    • Subject Name – General Knowledge and General Science
    • Max Marks – 200
    • Duration – 3 Hrs
    • Negative Marking – Yes (1/3rd of the marks allocated for the question)
    • Number of Question – 150

RPSC syllabus for Prelims

Rajasthan specific part General topics
  • Literature, Tradition, Culture, Art, History
    and Heritage of Rajasthan
  • Geography of Rajasthan
  • Administrative and Political System of
  • Economy of Rajasthan
  • Current Affairs – Rajasthan
  • Indian History – Ancient, Medieval,
  • Geography – Indian. World
  • Indian Political System, Constitution
    and Governance
  • Economic Concepts and Indian
  • Science and Technology
  • Reasoning and Mental Ability
  • Current Affairs

Aligning UPSC Preparation with RAS Syllabus:

Many civil service aspirants prepare simultaneously for State PSC Exams and UPSC Civil Service

The common sections/topics/aspects in the syllabus of RAS exam and IAS exam are:

  1. Current Affairs – Events of national and international importance
  2. History – Ancient, Medieval, Modern
  3. Geography – Indian and World
  4. Indian Polity
  5. Indian Economy
  6. Science and Technology

Stage 2: RPSC RAS Mains

  1. The RAS Syllabus for Mains comprises 4 theory papers of 200 marks each. The papers
    consist of short, medium and long answer questions.
  2. There are no optional papers in the syllabus for RAS Mains, unlike the UPSC Mains
  3. Marks in the RAS Mains along with the Interview marks are counted for the final merit

RAS Mains syllabus

Paper I General Studies I
  • History
  • Economics
  • Sociology, Management, Accounting &
Paper II General Studies II
  • Administrative Ethics
  • General Science & Technology
  • Earth Science (Geography and
Paper III General Studies III
  • Indian Political System, World Politics
    and Current Affairs
  • Concepts, Issues and Dynamics of
    Public Administration and
  • Sports and Yoga, Behaviour and Law
Paper IV General Studies IV
  • Grammar and Usage
  • Comprehension, Translation and Precis
  • Composition & Letter Writing

Stage 3: RAS Interview/ Personality Test (100 Marks)

  • Candidates who qualify the RPSC Mains Exam will be called for the ‘Personality
    Test/Interview’. These candidates will be interviewed by a Board appointed by the
  • The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a
    career in the civil services by a board of competent and unbiased observers.
  • The interview is more of purposive conversation intended to explore the mental qualities
    and analytical ability of the candidate.
  • The Interview test will be of 100 marks and the total marks for written examination is
    800. This sums up to a Grand Total of 900 Marks based on which the final merit list
    will be prepared.

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