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UPSC Preliminary Exam Syllabus

In this examination proposed by the Union Public Service Commission, it takes about 1 year from application to final results. During this time, you should be preparing for the exam and you should continue your preparation without being anxious, for this you will have to keep in mind the following things –

  • Broad understanding of syllabus 
  • Useful Resources for Preparation
  • A deadline for your preparation
  • A road map of how to prepare

You will find answers to all the above questions in various tabs on our website –

In this article, we will discuss only the syllabus of the preliminary examination –

According to the new examination system by the changes in 2011, the preliminary examination currently consists of two question papers. The first question paper is of ‘General Studies’ and the second (Civil Services Aptitude Test) or ‘CSAT’ which is also called ‘Civil Services Aptitude Test’ in the Hindi language which is a qualifying paper

  • Both the papers are of 200-200 marks.
  • The first paper (General Studies) consists of 100 questions of 2–2 marks each.
  • And 80 questions of 2.5-2.5 marks in the second paper (CSAT).

Negative marking

In both the papers, negative marking is done, in which the wrong answer of 3 questions is deducted equal to 1 correct answer. That means 1/3 has a negative marking –
And the same provision also applies to other question papers, but in this, the candidate is required to get only 33 percent marks (ie 27 questions or 66 marks). If he scores less than this, he is considered a failure, no matter how many marks he has in the first question paper. Therefore, the cut-off for going to the main examination is decided only on the basis of the first question paper.s

Preliminary Exam Question Paper-1 (General Studies) Syllabus

 (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 Ecologh2y, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization)।

(General Science)।

Preliminary Exam Question Paper-2 (CSAT) Syllabus


संचार कौशल सहित अंतर-वैयक्तिक कौशल (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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September 2020

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