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Civil Service Exam is conducted by UPSC for selection of candidates for Civil Services.

UPSC Prelims is the first stage of examination.

Nature of Civil Service Exam Prelims

UPSC Prelims examination have following two compulsory papers:
  1. Paper I (General Studies)
  2. Paper II (Civil Service Aptitude)
Each paper is of 200 marks each.
The questions will be of multiple choices, objective type.
The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.


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)
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
Exception - 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:The marks of these two papers are added to qualify candidates for the Main examination. There is no individual cutoff for Paper I and II.
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