Prelims Syllabus

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

Preliminary Examination

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