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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

  • Paper - I - Essay: 250 marks
  • Paper - II - General Studies-I,: 250 marks
  • Paper - III - General Studies-II: 250 marks
  • Paper - IV - General Studies-III: 250 marks
  • Paper - V - General Studies-IV: 250 marks
  • Paper - VI - Optional Subject -Paper - 1: 250 marks
  • 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.