Preliminary Examination

UPSC conducts the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which is common for the candidates applying for Indian Forest Service  Examination and Civil Services Examination , and acts as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry maximum of 400 marks. This exam is only a screening test; the marks obtained in the prelims are only for qualifying for main exam and are not counted for determining final order of merit.

Prelims Paper

Duration Questions

Marks

         Paper I – General Studies

2 Hours

100

200

         Paper II – CSAT

2 Hours

80

200

                                Total

   

400

In CSAT Paper – II, minimum qualifying marks is 33%. You will be selected for Mains exam based total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper – I.

Paper- I  (General Studies)

  • 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  (CSAT)

  • 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).

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Mains Examination

Paper

Subject

Marks

Paper I

General English 300

Paper II

General Knowledge

300

Paper III

Optional Subject 1

200

Paper IV

Optional Subject 1

200

Paper V

Optional Subject 2

200

Paper VI Optional Subject 2

200

After written examination, interview for personality test will be of 300 marks.

Paper –II (General Knowledge)

Syllabus :

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of a nuture which the candidate should be able to answer without special study.