Preliminary Exam Guidance

Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2017-18

Dear Civil Services aspirants, many of you may be nursing the ambition of qualifying the Civil Service exams but have been wondering how to get started. Well qualifying the Prelims exam is the first step towards realizing the dream of cracking the three pronged Civil Services exam system. It is also the first step to realize the dream of becoming the IAS/IPS officer and serving the country.

The UPSC notification of 2011 for the Civil Services preliminary examination has made changes in the pattern of Preliminary examination. The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type question with multiple-choice answers carrying a maximum of 200 marks each. There are 100 questions for the Paper I and 80 questions for Paper II. The Question Papers are set in English & Hindi.

The syllabus for Preliminary Exams Paper-I includes mainly the General Studies for which the candidates have to update themselves with the static and dynamic parts of the syllabus.

The Paper – II covers the analytical portion and is called as Atitude Test. In this paper the candidate has to score at least 33% to qualify the Prelims exam.

According to UPSC’s calendar the Civil Services Preliminary examination will be held on June 18, 2017. The preliminary examination for 2016, 2015 and 2014 were held during the month of August. It is after the gap of three years, that the UPSC will be conducting the Prelims exam in June, rather than August. In all probability the syllabus for 2017 IAS Prelims exam will remain the same. You can have a look at the syllabus for your understanding.

About Paper 1 – General Studies: This includes areas like; Indian National Movement, Indian Polity, Basic Economic Understanding, Geography. While these are static part of the syllabus, the dynamic part includes current affairs, General Knowledge and that does not proper definition, thus making the syllabus quite vast.

Paper II Aptitude Test: Paper II is dynamic in nature and includes mathematics, reasoning, analytical ability, and interpersonal skills. All these areas require spot mental ability.

The Paper II is now of only qualifying nature and its mark is not counted while making the merit list. However, it is mandatory for the candidate to score minimum 33 per cent in this paper to qualify the Prelims exam.

The question papers are set both in Hindi and English. Blind candidates are allowed extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.

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