About Civil Services Preliminary Examination
The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination every year. It consists of Paper -I (General Studies) and Paper -II (Civil Service Aptitude Test or CSAT).
The preliminary examination is common for All Civil Services and Indian Forest Service. This is just a screening test and serves as a qualifier for main examination.
A candidate must appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) examination.
Syllabus for Preliminary Examination
The syllabus for the Preliminary Exams for Paper-I:
The questions in both Paper-I will be of multiple choice, objective type for 200 marks each and the time allotted for each paper is two hours. The questions are generally asked from the following areas.
The syllabus for the Preliminary Exams for Paper-II:
The questions in both Paper-II (Civil Service Aptitude Test) will be of multiple choice, objective type for 200 marks each and the time allotted for each paper is two hours. The CSAT will be a qualifying paper and one has to score only a minimum of 33% to qualify for the Mains exam. The questions are generally asked from the following areas.
Note: Civil Services Preliminary Examination has negative marking in the papers at the rate of a third of the marks allotted for that question. That means if an incorrect answer is given for one question, ⅓ of the marks allotted to that question are deducted.