Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Exam Section-A General Studies
Current events of national and
History of India and Indian National
Indian and World Geography
Indian Polity and Economy
General Mental A
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Questions on General Science will cover
general appreciation and understanding of science including matters of
everyday observation and experience, as may be expected of a well
educated person who has not made a special study of any particular
scientific discipline. In current events, knowledge of significant
national and international events will be tested. In History of India,
emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its
social, economic and political aspects. Questions on the Indian National
Movement will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth
century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of
Independence. In Geography, emphasis will be on Geography of India.
Questions on the Geography of India will relate to physical, social and
economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian
agricultural and natural resources. Questions on Indian Polity and
Economy will test knowledge of the country’s political system and
Constitution of India, Panchayati Raj, Social Systems and economic
developments in India. On general mental ability, the candidates will be
tested on reasoning and analytical abilities.
Examination of Civil Services Exam
The nature and standard of
questions in these papers will be such that a well-educated person will be
able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be
such as to test a candidates general awareness of a variety of subjects,
which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services.
(a) History of Modern India and Indian
The History of Modern India will cover history of the Country from about the
middle of nineteenth century and would also include questions on important
personalities who shaped the Freedom Movement and Social reforms. The part
relating to Indian Culture will cover all aspects of Indian Culture from the
ancient to modern times.
(b) Geography of India
In this part, questions will be on the physical, economic and social
geography of India.
(c) Indian Polity
This part will include questions on the Constitution of India, Political
system and related matters.
(d) Current National issues and topics
of social relevance
This part is intended to test the Candidates awareness of current national
issues and topics of social relevance in the present-day India, such as the
Demography & Human Resource & related
issues. Behavioral & Social issues & Social Welfare problems, such as child
labor, gender equality, adult literacy, rehabilitation of the handicapped
and other deprived segments of the society, drug abuse, public health etc.
Law enforcement issues, human rights,
corruption in public life, communal harmony etc.
Internal Security and related issues.
Environmental issues, ecological
preservation, conservation of natural resources and national heritage.
The role of national institutions, their
relevance and need for change.
(a) India and the World
This part is intended to test candidates awareness of Indias relationship
with the world in various spheres, such as the following:-
External Security and related matters
(b) Indian Economy
In this part, questions will be on the planning and economic development in
India, economic & trade issues, Foreign Trade, the role and functions of
I.M.F., World Bank, W.T.O. etc.
(c) International Affairs & Institutions
This part will include questions on important events in world affairs and on
(d) Developments in the field of science
& technology, communications and space
In this part, questions will test the candidates awareness of the
developments in the field of science & technology, communications and space
and also basic ideas of computers.
(e) Statistical analysis, graphs and
This part will include exercises to test the candidates ability to draw
common sense conclusions from information presented in statistical,
graphical or diagrammatical form and to point out deficiencies, limitations
or inconsistencies therein.