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Civil Services Preliminary Exam


The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers with Objective questions or generally called as multiple choice questions. Both the papers carry 200 marks each (total 400 marks), this exam is designed to serve as a screening test only. The CSAT or Paper II of Preliminary Exam that is the General Studies – II, the candidate will have to score minimum 33% of marks for qualifying in mains.

The syllabus for Preliminary Exams Paper - I includes mainly the Current Affairs which the candidate has to be updated with the National and International happenings all over. While the Paper – II covers the Analytical or as generally called as Aptitude test, is the paper where a candidate has to prepare mainly as it is the considered qualifying paper to appear for mains. A candidate qualified for mains in a particular year will be eligible to appear for main exams of that particular year.

UPSC examination will be held in two steps:

First step to write this examination is Preliminary examination. Next step of this examination is Civil services Mains examination.

After clearing the Preliminary examination candidates need to appear for Main examination. Preliminary examination will be held on 23rd August 2016 . Civil Service Main examination will be held on 12th December 2016. This examination consists of 9 written exams of 250 marks each. Results for this examination will be announced in the month of October.

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

Note :

(i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

(ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%

(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

(iv) Details of the syllabi are indicated in part A of Section III.

(v) Each paper will be of two hours duration.

Blind candidates and the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minuts per hour for each paper.

Scheme of CS (Preliminary) Examination

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 the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

Prelims Exam Syllabus 2016

Candiates are advised to go through the Syllabus published in this Section for the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination, as periodic revision of syllabus has been done in several subjects.

Paper I - (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
  • 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 II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
  • 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)

Note 1 : Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%

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

Note 3 : It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

Details of Civil Service Main Examination