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Civil Services Preliminary Exam Pattern


  • Preliminary exam contains two papers.
  • Exam type: MCQ based (Objective types)
  • Paper 1: General Studies Paper 1 – 200 Marks
  • Paper 2: General Studies Paper 2 (Aptitude Test) – 200 Marks

Civil Service Main Exam Pattern


  • 1 Paper – I – Essay: 250 marks
  • 2 Paper – II – General Studies-I: 250 marks
  • 3 Paper – III – General Studies-II: 250 marks
  • 4 Paper – IV – General Studies-III: 250 marks
  • 5 Paper – V – General Studies-IV: 250 marks
  • 6 Paper – VI – Optional Subject -Paper – 1: 250 marks
  • 7 Paper – VII – Optional Subject -Paper – 2: 250 marks
  • Sub Total (Written test): 1750 marks
  • Personality test: 275 marks
  • Grand total: 2025 marks

Syllabus


Preliminary Exam:

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.

 

Paper 2 :

  • Comprehension
  • 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) 
  • 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.