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The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which is common for the candidates applying for Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service  Examination, and acts as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.

CSAT (Prelims) Pattern

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry maximum of 400 marks. This exam is only a screening test; the marks obtained in the prelims are only for qualifying for main exam and are not counted for determining final order of merit.

Prelims Paper

Duration

Questions

Marks

Paper I - General Studies

2 Hours

100

200

Paper II - Aptitude

2 Hours

80

200

Total

 

 

400

In General Studies Paper - II, minimum qualifying marks is 33%. You will be selected for Mains exam based total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper - I.

Civil Services (Mains) Pattern

The pattern has changed from 2013 main examination. The new pattern is: 

#

Paper

Subject

Marks

1

Paper A

Indian Language (Qualifying)

300

2

Paper B

English (Qualifying)

300

3

Paper I

Essay

250

4

Paper II

General Studies - I

250

5

Paper III

General Studies - II

250

6

Paper IV

General Studies - III

250

7

Paper V

General Studies - IV

250

8

Paper VI

Optional Subject Paper 1

250

9

Paper VII

Optional Subject Paper 2

250

 

Total

 

1750

 

 

Interview (Personality Test)

275

 

Grand Total

 

2025

Prelims Question of the Day

Planet 50-50” that was in news in recent times is related to

(a)Climate change

(b)Gender equality

(c)Global dimming

(d)Old age welfare

Mains Question of the Day

1. Explain the concept for which noble prize for medicine 2017 has been awarded. What is the significance these findings? - GS

2. Is self a process/product? - sociology

3. What is meant by new political science? Does new political science address the issue of fact-value dichotomy? - political science

Sociology - Thinkers