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Syllabus for the Preliminary Examination:

a) Paper I: (200 Marks) (Duration Two hours).

  • 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.

b) Paper II (200 marks): (Duration Two hours).


  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills,
  • Decision-making and problem solving,
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc., Class X level),
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiencyetc. (Class X level).

Note 1: Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of (Class X level) (1 item in the Syllabus of Paper I) will be tested through translation.

Note 2: The questions will be of objective type in multiplechoices.

Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidates to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore, a candidate will bed is qualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

Syllabus for the Mains Examination:


Essay Writing: Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They are expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely.Weight-age will be given for effective and exact expression.


General Studies - I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography ofthe World and Society.

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of art forms,Literature and architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present-which includess ignificant events, personalities.
  • The Indian Freedom Struggle will include its various stagesand important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization with in the country.
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc., their forms and effect on the society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India,Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues,urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society.Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of world's physical geography.
  • Distribution of important natural resources across the world(including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and
  • tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world(including India).
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes,Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc, geographical features and their location, changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.


General Studies - II: Governance, Constitution of India, Polity,Social Justice and International relations.

  • Functions and duties of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian Diasporas.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and forum, their structure, mandate.
  • Government policies and interventions for development invarious sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations,donors, charities, institutional and other stake holders.
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning,conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.


General Studies - III: Technology, Economic Development

  • Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crops, cropping patterns in various parts of the country,different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage,transport and marketing of agricultural produce and related constraints, e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices, Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping, issues of buffer stocks and food security, Technology missions,economics of animal rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India - scope and significance, location, up stream and down streamr equirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrialpolicy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology -developments and their applications and effect in everyday life. Achievements of Indians in Science & Technology, Indigenization of Technology and developing New Technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics,Nano-technology, Biotechnology and issues relating to Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation,Environmental impact assessment,
  • Disaster and Disaster Management.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money laundering and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various security forces and agencies and their mandate.


General Studies - IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude.

This paper will include questions to test the candidates attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity inpublic life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.

Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.

Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders,reformers and administrators; role of family, society andeducational institutions in inculcating values.

Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence andrelation with thought and behavior; moral and politicalattitudes; social influence and persuasion.

Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity,impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.

Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities andapplication in administration and governance.

Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems, ethical concerns anddilemmas in government and private institutions, laws,rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance,strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance,ethical issues in international relations and funding, corporategovernance.

Probity in Governance: Concept of public service,Philosophical basis of governance and probity, Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to

Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct,Citizen's Charters, work culture, quality of service delivery,utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption Case studies on above issues.

PAPER - VI & PAPER - VII (Optional):

Optional subject Papers I & II Candidate may choose any optional subject from amongst the List of Optional Subjects

Personality Test/Interview:

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be ask edquestions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent andunbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mentalcaliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualitiesof the candidate. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects ofacademic study but also in the events which are happen in garound them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

Cut Off

Cut-off marks in different years hide
Year Prelims Main

(out of 1750)


(out of 2025)

Category Marks Total Marks Category Marks Category Marks
2013 General 241 400 General 564 General 775
OBC 222 OBC 534 OBC 742
SC 207 SC 518 SC 719
ST 201 ST 510 ST 707
PH-1 199 H-1 510 PH-1 725
PH-2 184 PH-2 502 PH-2 718
PH-3 163 PH-3 410 PH-3 613
2014 General 205 385 General 678 General 889
OBC 204 OBC 631 OBC 844
SC 182 SC 631 SC 830
ST 174 ST 619 ST 811
PH-1 167 PH-1 609 PH-1 816
PH-2 113 PH-2 575 PH-2 778
PH-3 115 PH-3 449 PH-3 713
2015 General 107.34 200 General 676 General 877
OBC 106 OBC 630 OBC 834
SC 94 SC 622 SC 810
ST 91.34 ST 617 ST 801
PH-1 90.66 PH-1 580 PH-1 802
PH-2 76.66 PH-2 627 PH-2 830
PH-3 40.00 PH-3 504 PH-3 697
2016 General 116 200 General 787 General 988
OBC 110.66 OBC 745 OBC 951
SC 99.34 SC 739 SC 937
ST 96 ST 730 ST 920
PH-1 75.34 PH-1 713 PH-1 927
PH-2 72.66 PH-2 740 PH-2 951
PH-3 40 PH-3 545 PH-3 817
2017 General 105.34 200 General 809 General 1006
OBC 102.66 OBC 770 OBC 968
SC 88.66 SC 756 SC 944
ST 88.66 ST 749 ST 939
PH-1 88.88 PH-1 734 PH-1 923
PH-2 61.34 PH-2 745 PH-2 948
PH-3 40 PH-3 578 PH-3 830
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