Syllabus of Preliminary Exam

The syllabus of preliminary Exam Paper-l mainly concentrates on the current affairs. So, the candidates need to update themselves with the national as well as international happenings.

The Paper-ll (CSAT) covers analytical or generally it is an aptitude test. The candidates require scoring at least 33% marks to qualify for the Civil Services (Mains).

PaperSubjectsNo. of QuestionsMarksTime Allowed
IGeneral Studies1002002 Hours
IICivil Services Aptitude Test1002002 Hours
Total200400

UPSC Preliminary Examination Syllabus 2015

Paper I

  • 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 specialization General Science.

Paper II

  • 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)
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