Civil Service Preliminary Syllabus 2020

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.

  • 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
  • General Science

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.

  • 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: 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.