UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus

UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus

The Union Public Service Commission’s Preliminary Examination for Civil Services Examination is commonly known as CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test. The CSAT is the second paper in the General Studies programme, which began in 2011.

UPSC’s preliminary examination is solely for the purpose of screening. The marks acquired in the UPSC preliminary test qualify a candidate to sit for the UPSC main examination, however they will not be used to determine a candidate’s ultimate rank.

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Syllabus of Paper I (200 marks) Duration : 2 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 necessitate subject expertise Science in general

Syllabus for Paper II-(200 marks) Duration: 2 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: The CSAT aptitude test, also known as Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination, will be a qualifying paper alone, requiring a score of at least 33 percent to qualify for the Civil Services (Mains) exam.

Note 2: Both Paper I (current affairs) and Paper II (aptitude test) will include multiple choice, objective type questions worth 200 points each, with two hours given for each paper.

Note 3: For the purpose of evaluation, the candidate must appear in both papers of the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination. As a result, if a candidate does not appear in both papers of the (Prelims) exam, he or she will be disqualified.

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