Civil Services Preliminary Exam Syllabus


The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.  

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 specialization. 
  • General Science.  



Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours  

  • Comprehension 
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills; 
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • 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) 
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).   

Note 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.  
Note 2: General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services preliminary examination only a qualifying paper( Candidates should get 33% of the total marks in this paper to qualify).
Note 3 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.