Syllabus For The Preliminary Exam

Paper I : (200 marks)                                                       Duration: Two hours

  • 1. Current events of national and international importance.

  • 2. History of India and Indian National Movement.

  • 3. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.

  • 4. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

  • 5. Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

  • 6. General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization.
  • 7. General Science. 

Paper II : (200 marks)                                                  Duration : Two hours

  • 1. Comprehension;

  • 2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills;

  • 3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability;

  • 4. Decision making and problem solving;

  • 5. General mental ability;

  • 6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level); 
Points to be kept in mind
  • 1. Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

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

  • 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.