CS (Preliminary)

Civil Services Preliminary Examination

Stream: UPSC
Type: Offline

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Civil Service examination is a competitive exam in India conducted by UPSC for recruitment of various Civil Services i.e. IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS etc. This examination is considered to be one of the toughest examination in India. Civil Service Examination is conducted in two phases:

Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination
Civil Service (Main) Examination

Preliminary examination is just a screening test. The candidates who are declared qualified can appear for the main examination. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts.


1. Age Limit:

21-30 years as on 1st August of the year of Examination.Certain categories of persons as specified in the Commission's Notice as published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar are eligible for age relaxation.

2. Educational Qualifications:

Candidate must possess a degree from a recognised university or equivalent. Candidates appearing in the requisite Degree qualification are also eligible for appearing in the examination, however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with with Detailed Application Form.


Number of Attempts

• Four attempts for General category candidates and OBC category candidates under the   Creamy layer
• Seven attempts for OBC category candidates
• To SCs/STs, No limit on the number of attempts

• For IAS and IPS, a candidate must be a citizen of India

How To Apply

  1. Log on to http://www.upsconline.nic.in/ to access the home page of the ONLINE APPLICATION.
  2. Click on "Online application for various examinations of UPSC".
  3. Place the mouse over the 'Examination' menu. The link would display a set of two options namely "PART-I Registration" and "PART-II Registration".
  4. Clicking on " PART-I Registration" link would take you to the list of all the active examinations, where you can select to apply for any of the listed examination by clicking on the link "Click Here" against each exam.
  5. Clicking on "PART-II Registration" would take you to the second part of the online application.
  6. When the candidate clicks on Click Here link for the particular examination he will be redirected to a new page for entering into PART-I Registration of Online Application.
  7. Click on the Continue button to proceed for the PART-I Registration. Clicking on 'Continue' button opens-up a fresh blank form for the PART-I Registration. Candidate has to fill all details as required in the form.
  8. Here PART-I of the Online Application procedure is completed. A candidate has to complete the PART-II Registration for the successful Online Application submission.

Exam Pattern

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type (multiple-choice questions) carrying a maximum of 400 marks.The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi

  1. General Studies Paper - I -> 200 Marks
  2. General Studies Paper-II -> 200 marks

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1. General Studies Paper-I

  1. Current events of national and international importance.
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement.
  3. Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization
  7. General Science


2. General Studies Paper - II


  1. Comprehension 
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision making and problem solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
  7. English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

The questions will be of multiple choices, objective type.

Note: It is mandatory for the candidate to be appear in both the exams i.e General Studies paper-I & Paper-II. If the candidate does not appear in both the examinations he/she would be disqualified.


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Important Dates:

Exam Date

August 23, 2015

Registration Date

May 16 to June 12, 2015

Notification Date

May 16, 2015


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