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Civil Services Preliminary Examination Syllabus

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

Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will however; be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper.

The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

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)
Please Note

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.

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