In the CSE (Civil Service examination), Preliminary Examination is the first stage, known as the screening stage, in the UPSC exam. Primarily known as the CSAT (Civil service Aptitude Test), which was introduced in the 2011. Obtaining the requisite score is the determining factor to move to the next step in preparation for the UPSC mains.
Find the syllabus for IAS Prelims Exam
|General studies-Paper 1||CSAT -Paper 2|
|Current events both National and International||Comprehension|
|India and Indian National Movement History||Interpersonal skills which includes communication skills|
|World and Indian Geography: Economic, Social, and Physical||Analytical Abilities and Logical reasoning|
|Governance and Indian Polity: Political system, constitution, Public Policy, Issues of Rights etc…||Decision making and problem solving|
|Social and economic Development: Poverty, Demographics, Sustainable Development, social sector Initiatives etc||General mental ability|
|General issues concerning Environmental Ecology, Climatic change or Bio- diversity||Basic Mathematics (consisting of Number and its relation etc… of CL X level) and Data Interpretation (consisting of charts, graphs, tables etc… of CL X level).|
The details of the Prelims syllabus 2019 are mentioned below:
|No. Of Questions expected||Total No. Of Question||Total Marks allocated
|Duration And Type|
|Science and tech||10|
|Current affairs and Misc.||14|
|Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning||23|
|General Mental Ability|
|Marking Scheme||Negative marking|
- A minimum of 33 % is required to be qualified for the mains in Paper 2.
- Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are mandatory for all the candidates, for the purpose of evaluation. If a candidate does not appear both the papers, one is disqualified.
Both the papers are of multiple choice and Objective.