pattern of ias prelims mains exam

Pattern of IAS Exam

General Studies GS prelims for IAS exam

Preliminary Examination GS prelims would consist of two papers- Paper I and Paper II. The syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination would be as under:

Syllabus for Prelims general studies & CSAT .

(GS prelims Paper 1) (200 marks) – Duration: Two hrs.

  1. Current events of national and international importance
  2. History of India and Indian national movement
  3. Indian and World Geography– physical, social, economic geography of India and the world
  4. Indian Polity and governance – constitution, political system, panchayati raj, public policy, Rights issues, etc.
  5. Economic and social development – sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.
  6. General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change-that do not require subject specialization
  7. General science.

(Paper II) (200 marks) – Duration: Two hrs

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision making and problem solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. –Class X level)
  7. English language comprehension skills (Class X level)
  8. Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
  9. The questions will be of multiple choices, objective type.

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