Civil Services Preliminary Examination


The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions - there are four alternatives for the answer to every question) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.

1.   General Studies Paper-I: 200 marks; and

2.   General Studies Paper-II (CSAT): 200 marks.

This examination 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 the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.


The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

Paper I - (200 marks)                                          Duration: Two hours


A Current events of national and international importance.

A History of India and Indian National Movement.

A Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.

A Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

A Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.

A General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization

A General Science.


Paper II- (200 marks)                                              Duration: Two hours

A Comprehension

A Interpersonal skills including communication skills;

A  Logical reasoning and analytical ability

A  Decision-making and problem solving

A  General mental ability

A  Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)

A  English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).


Note 1 : Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of  Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.


Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

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