The Civil Services Examination comprises two successive stages:
(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates
for Civil Services (Main) Examination.

(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview/Personality Test) for the
selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.


The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.

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
 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

Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.
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);

(i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and
each will be of two hours duration.
(ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a
qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
(iv) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.


1– Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with
minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
2– The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
3– 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.