The Examination shall comprise of two Papers of 200 marks each.
  • 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 specialisation
  • General Science.
  • 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)
  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (Multiple Choice Questions).
  • Time Allotment – Two Hours for each Paper.
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
Note-2: Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. So focus should be on General Studies Paper-1.