Civil Services Preliminary Examination Syllabus


The Preliminary Examination are comprise of two compulsory Papers that is of 200 marks each.
Each paper will be of two hours duration. However, Blind candidates are given a extra time of twenty minutes of 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, Panchayat 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




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)

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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