Preliminary Examination

  • This is the first level of the exam.
  • It takes place in August every year .
  • The questions are objective in nature.

UPSC Preliminary Examination Syllabus

Syllabus of 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 specialisation General Science.
Syllabus for 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 only with a minimum of 33% to be secured .
  2. Both the papers are objective type,multiple choice based questions.
  3. A candidate has to appear in both the papers.