Civil Services Preliminary Examination

Plan for Examination

IAS aspirants who are planning to compete for the most coveted exam of the country must first and foremost know the foundation principles that go behind this examination, conducted by UPSC every year on All India basis.


As UPSC mentions “The Constitution provides for the creation of All India Services (AIS) common to the Union and the States. The All India Services Act, 1951 provides that the Central Government may make rules for regulating the recruitment and the conditions of service of persons appointed to the All India Services. Presently only the IAS, the IPS and the IFS have been constituted as All India Services. Recruitment to these services is made under the corresponding AIS Recruitment Rules and may be done by Direct Recruitment (through Competitive Examinations) and by promotion from the State Service (through a Committee convened by the UPSC). The AIS Branch is concerned with the latter mode of recruitment which is governed by the respective IAS/IPS/IFS Promotion Regulations.”


After thorough understanding of what goes in the making of this exam, here is Preliminary Examination scheme for IAS 2015. As UPSC has announced on its website for 2015 exam, notification will be published on 16th May 2015, last date for receipt of application will be 12th June, 2015 and preliminary examination will be held on 23rd August, 2015. Let’s understand the pattern of IAS exam 2015. This exam takes place in three stages- Preliminary, Mains and Interview. The question papers of prelims and mains exam are set in Hindi, as well as English language.


Preliminary Exam


Preliminary Examination consists of Objective type (multiple choice questions), which is further divided into two sections namely, General Studies (GS) and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). It is qualifying in nature. Marks obtained in this exam are not added at the time of final selection (merit list).

SN Paper Mode Nature Duration Question Maximum Mark
1 General Studies I Compulsory Objective 2 hours 100 200
2 General Studies II Compulsory Objective 2 hours 80 200


* Blind candidates will be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.


Note: After qualifying the preliminary examination, the candidate is eligible to appear for Mains examination, which carries 1750 marks. Candidates who qualify mains examination will be called for interview, carrying 275 marks. Merit will be decided on aggregate 2025 marks (Mains + Interview)

Civil Services Preliminary Examination Syllabus

General Studies Paper I

Maximum marks:          200
Number of Questions:   100
Total Time:                  120 minute (02 h)



  • 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


General Studies Paper II

Maximum marks:          200
Number of Questions:   80
Total Time:                  120 minute (02 h)



  • 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)



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