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The Preliminary Examination Consists of Two Papers

  • Questions are of objective types (MCQs).
  • There is negative marking ( 1/3 rd marks deducted for every wrong answer).
  • Each paper is two hour duration.
  • Papers are set in Hindi and English languages.
  • Its marks is not added for final ranking.
  • Selection ratio: 12 to 13 times the approximate total number of vacancies to be filled in that year.

Paper plan is:


Paper Subject Marks No. of Questions
Paper 1 General studies 200 100
Paper2 Aptitude test 185 74

Paper – I

  • 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 specialization.
  • 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)
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).


  • It is of subjective type.
  • Each paper is of 250 marks.
  • Time for each paper if three hours.
Paper Name of Course Marks
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II GS-I- Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society. 250
Paper III  GS-II- Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations. 250
Paper IV  GS-III- Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management. 250
Paper V GS-IV- Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. 250
Paper VI  Optional- Paper-I. 250
Paper VII  Optional- Paper-II. 250

One optional to be selected from the list given below:


Agriculture Anthropology Animal Husbandry &
Veterinary Science
Botany Chemistry Civil Engineering
Commerce & Accountacy Economics Electrical Engineering
Geology Management History
Zoology Medical Science Mathematics
Public Administration Geography Philosophy
Physics Pol. Sc. &
International Relations
Mechanical Engineering Sociology Statistics


Literature of any one language to be selected from : Arabic, Assamese, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Marathi, Malayalam, Maithili, Manipuri, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telgu, and Urdu

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