The scheme and syllabus for the first stage of examination – Preliminary Examination is given for your reference. UPSC has retained the pattern that comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each. However, Prelims General Studies Paper II has been made qualifying.
The Preliminary Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.
(i) Both the question papers will be of objective type (multiple choice questions).
(ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%
(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates and the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes per hour for each paper.
Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus published in this Section for the Preliminary Examination and Main Examination, as periodic revision of syllabus has been done in several subjects.
Paper I - (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
Note 1: Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%
Note 2: The questions will be of multiple choices, objective type.
Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination for purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.On Monday 4th February 2019