The Civil Services Examination is administered in two stages
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination
Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.
The Preliminary Examination
Preliminary Examination (CSP)
CSP consists of two papers Which is common for all candidates from 2011 i.e., No optional paper is there in CSP form 2011.This is the first stage of Civil Services Examination. This is an Objective type examination consisting of Two Papers that is common to all candidates from 2011 having special emphasis on testing their "aptitude for civil services" as well as on "ethical and moral dimension of decision making". Normally, there are about 3 lakh applications for the preliminary examination. From this, the UPSC selects 10 to 12 folds of vacancies for the main examinations. This is only for the selection and not to be taken into consideration in the main ranking.
Subjects for Preliminary Examination:
As per the decision of Government of India, there shall be change in the syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination from 2011 in the scheme of the Civil Services Examination.
The Preliminary Examination shall now comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of two hours duration each. Detailed below is the new syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination, which is brought to the notice of the prospective candidates intending to appear at the Civil Services Examination (CSE) in 2011 onwards:
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
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
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).
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
The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
The Main Examination
|Papers ||Subjects ||Marks |
|Paper I || |
One of the following Indian Languages
Bengali --> Bengali
Hindi --> Devanagari
Kannada --> Kannada
Konkani --> Devanagari
Marathi --> Devanagari
Nepali --> Devanagari
Oriya --> Oriya
Punjabi --> Gurumukhi
Sindhi --> Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil --> Tamil
Telugu --> Telugu
Urdu --> Persian
|Paper II ||English (Qualifying Paper) ||300 |
|Paper III ||Essay ||200 |
|Paper IV ||General Studies ||300 |
|Paper V ||General Studies ||300 |
|Paper VI,VII,VIII & IX ||Any two subjects (each having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (300 marks for each paper) |
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
The papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature; the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking. The Paper I of Indian Languages will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim. The papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects of those candidates will be evaluated who attain minimum standard for the qualifying papers on Indian Language and English.