At the Preliminary Examination stage, there will be two objective-type question papers common for all the candidates. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only and the marks obtained by the successful candidates (who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination) will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

PAPER‐I: GENERAL STUDIES

Marks : 200, Duration : 2 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: CIVIL SERVICES APTITUDE TEST [CSAT]

Marks : 200, Duration : 2 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)

NOTES:
(a) The General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%
(b) 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.

(c) All the sections in both the question papers will be set both in Hindi and English mediums.
(d) The questions will be of multiple choices, objective type
(e) all the questions both papers had negative marking. For each wrong answer, 1/3 marks were deducted from the total score of the candidate.