Prelims/CSAT


Preliminary Examination Syllabus: PAPER I (General Studies)

On Monday 10th January 2011  
Last Update Monday 10th January 2011

10-01-2011
SYLLABUS: PAPER II

On Monday 10th January 2011  
Last Update Wednesday 25th December 2013

25-12-2013
The reasons behind this move

On Thursday 11th June 2009  

It is now clear that the negative marking would be applicable in the Preliminary Examination 2011. There will be Penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by candidates except some of the questions where the Negative Marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
What change in Preparation-Plan demands due to ‘Negative Marking’?

On Wednesday 4th May 2011  UPSC has moved a step ahead with CSE 2011 and in addition to cut down on ‘guesses’ and ‘luck’ with penalty on wrong answers introduced few years back, now UPSC is insisting on candidates who have the aptitude for the job in question - Civil Services by means of some questions with inbuilt negative marking.
Last Update Wednesday 4th May 2011

04-05-2011
Negative Marking - UPSC opts for cleaning the froth

On Thursday 11th June 2009  Introduction of ‘Negative Marking’ is one such bold step which is intended to provide help to serious candidates and will require core understanding of the topic and the subject.
Last Update Thursday 11th June 2009

11-06-2009
Negative Marking - The reasons behind this move

On Thursday 11th June 2009  To tackle the ‘Negative Marking’ one needs to develop clear conceptual clarity, sharp memory and recall which can eliminate the chances of getting confused in examination hall.
Last Update Thursday 11th June 2009

11-06-2009
Few tips for last minute preparation just before Preliminary Examination

On Sunday 17th January 2010  
Last Update Tuesday 2nd August 2016

02-08-2016
Few points for tackling Preliminary Examination 2015 confidently

On Monday 26th January 2015  

A large number of candidates are going to face Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2015 that is scheduled to be staged on August 23, 2015. We sincerely hope that all of you are indulged in serious preparation to face it confidently. Here are some tips that will be useful in while attempting question papers in examination hall.


Last Update Sunday 31st July 2016

31-07-2016
Prelims 2011: what are your priorities in next 8 weeks?

On Monday 18th April 2011  

By now, you must have covered a lot of syllabus and would be moving according to the plan.


Last Update Wednesday 13th July 2016

13-07-2016
Preliminary Examination PAPER I : (General Studies) Syllabus

On Friday 22nd January 2010  
Last Update Sunday 3rd July 2016

03-07-2016
Broad Classification of General Studies Syllabus

On Wednesday 8th April 2009  

Preliminary Examination Paper I syllabus


Last Update Sunday 3rd July 2016

03-07-2016
Paper I (General Studies)

On Monday 7th March 2011  

Broad Classification of General Studies Syllabus and a little brief about each constituent listed in the Preliminary Examination Paper I syllabus.


Last Update Sunday 3rd July 2016

03-07-2016
Preliminary Exam Preparation Tips: Understand the level of examination

On Sunday 15th March 2015  

On the face of it, Preliminary Examination papers look easy to moderate but, this step alone has made it more challenging and most of the candidates are finding it difficult to crack it.


Last Update Sunday 3rd July 2016

03-07-2016
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2015 – Roadmap to Success

On Monday 26th January 2015  

As the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for August 23, 2015, it is time for action. All of you aspiring for Civil Services Examination 2015 would be glued to your study-material and would leave no stone unturned to make your preparation effective. Success in Prelims only will get you chance for the next step – Main Examination.


Last Update Sunday 3rd July 2016

03-07-2016
Preliminary Examination- Average marks required to get through first stage of examination

On Sunday 23rd December 2012  

Be it Preliminary, Main Examination or Interview, many candidates look out for cut-off to make own strategy while preparing for Civil Service Examination.


Last Update Sunday 3rd July 2016

03-07-2016
Prelims Syllabus: Move towards Specific

On Friday 7th January 2011  

The framework for syllabus clearly indicates richness and complexity would require a move in the strategy for Preliminary Examination for effective preparation.


Last Update Monday 23rd March 2015

23-03-2015
BOOK-LIST FOR Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam PAPER I & II

On Wednesday 4th January 2012  

Suggested Book-List for important constituents for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination: PAPER I (General Studies) and PAPER II (Aptitude Test)


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Have a clear understanding examination techniques for Prelims

On Saturday 5th May 2012  

While preparing for Preliminary Examination, with an effective preparation along with tips to score better, you can get away without worrying much about the ‘Negative Marking’.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Strategy to tackle objective type (MCQ) questions effectively for Preliminary Examination

On Saturday 5th May 2012  

When you are concentrating on preparation, you must recognize the link between your accumulated knowledge and the examination techniques for a brilliant performance.


Last Update Tuesday 17th March 2015

17-03-2015
Preliminary Examination 2012: Do we have some surprise in store?

On Sunday 6th May 2012  

Preparation for Civil Services Examination requires awareness and alertness. A realistic assessment of the requirement and your preparation make it easy.


Last Update Tuesday 17th March 2015

17-03-2015
Preliminary Examination – is it a bumpy ride?

On Tuesday 13th August 2013  

Preliminary Examination is proving to be a road-block for many; don’t agree, look at the recent Prelims 2013 results. Simple and straightforward nature of the new-look Prelims makes it tougher as more and more candidates get chance to score. Stiffer competition resulting in higher cut-off and possibly this is what has been witnessed this year.


Last Update Sunday 15th March 2015

15-03-2015
Aiming Preliminary Examination 2013; Lots of challenges to face…

On Friday 8th March 2013  

The notification for Civil Services Examination 2013 got delayed by almost a month; the Preliminary Examination has been deferred by a week to May 26, 2013; in such a situation crossing the first hurdle is a big challenge.


Last Update Sunday 15th March 2015

15-03-2015
Evaluate your Preparation

On Sunday 17th January 2010  

‘Efficiency with accuracy’ is the key and with practice, you can develop sharpness and habit of making quick decisions.


Last Update Sunday 15th March 2015

15-03-2015
Preliminary Exam Preparation Tips: Evaluate your preparedness

On Sunday 6th May 2012  

Handling objective type tests is an art and for an examination of this level, it is prudent to test your level of preparation and learn some examination techniques to face it confidently.


Last Update Sunday 15th March 2015

15-03-2015
Preliminary Exam Preparation Tips: Understand the level of examination

On Sunday 17th January 2010  

You will gain nothing if you are not able to find a place in list of successful candidates called for Mains (Written) examination and would have to start afresh next year by appearing in Prelims again if you are left with more attempts available.


Last Update Sunday 15th March 2015

15-03-2015
Preliminary Examination: How much time will it take to prepare?

On Sunday 27th May 2012  

The first and most significant stage of the examination, Preliminary Examination is nothing but screening test to shortlist serious and focused aspirants for second stage Mains Examination. In the beginning, some candidates look first at Preliminary examination and wish to know the minimum time required for an effective preparation.


Last Update Sunday 15th March 2015

15-03-2015
A whole lot of Prelims Subject you have to choose from

On Friday 20th February 2009  

It is an old article; The scheme for Preliminary Examination changed in 2011 when optional subject paper was replaced by Aptitute Test. From CSE 2013, as per the changes in Main Examination pattern, now, candidates are to take only 'One' optional subject.


Last Update Tuesday 10th March 2015

10-03-2015
Prelims 2012: Will difficulty level go up in Preliminary Examination 2012?

On Tuesday 8th May 2012  

As not much time left, don't think too much and trust what you have studied in past few months. Revision and Practice are going to play a vital role in handling this examination effectively.


Last Update Monday 26th January 2015

26-01-2015
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2013 – Roadmap to success

On Thursday 18th April 2013  

As the Preliminary Examination is just 37 days away, it is time for action. All of you aspiring for Civil Services Examination 2013 would be glued to your study-material and would leave no stone unturned to make your preparation effective. Success in Prelims only will get you chance for the next step – Main Examination.


Last Update Monday 26th January 2015

26-01-2015
Tackling Preliminary Examination 2013 confidently

On Saturday 25th May 2013  

The D-day has come. On May 26, 2013, a large number of candidates are going to face Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2013. We sincerely hope that all of you are well prepared to face it confidently. Here are some tips that will be useful in while attempting question papers in examination hall.


Last Update Monday 26th January 2015

26-01-2015
Appearing in Prelims 2013: before you begin, give good reason for your decision

On Wednesday 20th March 2013  It is nice to have high ambitions; but, that alone is not enough; you have chosen an examination that is too mighty; an Exam-Plan that involves multi-stage program and diverse skill-sets to counter challenges each stage of examination throws.
Last Update Wednesday 20th March 2013

20-03-2013
CSE 2012: Well begun half done

On Sunday 11th December 2011  Competition is getting stiffer and you are to prove yourself better than the others with some serious attempt that takes you to the level of subject knowledge the CSE demands.
Last Update Sunday 11th December 2011

11-12-2011