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Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2021 Syllabus

Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services 2021 Preliminary Examination

Civil Services Preliminary Examination

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each. The first paper will be general studies and the second paper will be the aptitude test (CSAT) officially known as the General Studies Paper-II.

Note:

  1. Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration.
  2. The General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  3. The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

 

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination

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;
  • 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: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

 

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