Civil Services Preliminary Examination

Updated on 2017/06/20 12:13

The Civil Services Preliminary Examination is conducted by Union Public Services Commission for Civil Services and Indian Forest Service.

The preliminary examination, now popularly known as the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)(officially it is still called General Studies Paper-1 and Paper-2), intends to focus on analytical abilities and understanding rather than the ability to memorize.

The new pattern includes two papers of two hours duration and 200 marks each. Both papers have multiple choice objective type questions only.


Conducted byUnion Public Service Commission


Paper I: General Studies

200 marks, 2 hrs

Paper II: Aptitude Test (Qualifying paper)

200 marks, 2 hrs

Negative marking1/3 rd of the marks alloted to each question
LanguagesHindi, English
Upcoming Exam date18 June 2017

Scheme of Examination

The preliminary examination has two papers as follows:

  • Paper 1 - General Studies: It tests the candidate's knowledge on current events, history of India and Indian national movement, Indian and world geography, Indian policy and governance, economic and social development, environmental ecology, biodiversity, climate change and general science
  • Paper II Aptitude Test: It tests the candidates' skills in comprehension, interpersonal skills, communication, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision making, problem solving, basic numeracy, data interpretation, English language comprehension skills and mental ability.

Since 2015 Paper II of the preliminary examination will be qualifying in nature i.e. it wouldn't be graded for eligibility in Mains Examination & a candidate needs to secure at least 33% marks in order to be eligible for graded on basis of Marks of Paper I of Preliminary.

If more than one answer is given, it will be considered as wrong answer.

The question papers are set both in Hindi and English.

Blind candidates and candidates with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy (with 40% impairment) are allowed extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.

The number of candidates who qualify the Prelims Exam is about twelve to thirteen times of the total of the approximate number of vacancies that has to be filled in that year in the various Services and Posts.


Paper I: General studies

[Main Page: General Studies]

  • 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
  • General Science

Paper II: Aptitude test

[Main Page: Aptitude test]

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problemsolving
  • 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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