Phases of Examination

Phase- I Preliminary
Salient Features
• Objective examination
• Qualifying in nature
• Paper- I (GS) consists of 100 questions
• Paper- II (CSAT- Civil Services Aptitude Test) consists of 80   questions
• Negative marking 0.33%
• Multiple Choice Question type examination
Syllabus for GS Paper- I
• Indian Modern History
• Indian Medieval History
• Indian Ancient & Culture
History
• Basic Polity
• Indian Polity
• Basic Geography
• Indian Geography
• Elementary General Science
• Science & technology
• Economy
• Current Affairs
Syllabus for CSAT aper- II
• Logical Reasoning
• Decision Making
• Comprehensive   skills
• Drawing Inferences
• Quantitative aptitude
Phase- II Mains
Salient Features
• Subjective examination
• Both Qualifying and merit based examination
• English & Indian Language Paper (100 marks each)
qualifying in nature
• Essay (250 marks) merit based
• General Studies Paper-I (GS) (250 marks)
• General Studies Paper-II (GS) (250 marks)
• General Studies Paper-III (GS) (250 marks)
• General Studies Paper-IV (GS) (250 marks)
• Option – I (two papers of 250 marks each)
• Option – II (two papers of 250 marks each)
• An examination of 1750 marks, according to the performance at
this stage, candidates qualify for the third stage
Syllabus for GS Paper- I
• Art & Culture
• Modern Indian History
• Medieval History
• World History, 18th
onwards
• Social Issues
• Basic Geography
• Indian Geography
• World Geography
Syllabus for GS Paper- II
• Governance
• Polity
• Indian Constitution
Salient features of •
Representative Act of India
• International Affairs
Syllabus for GS Paper- III

• Economy
• Economic Institutions
• Environment & Ecology
• Science & Technology
• Internal Security
Syllabus for GS Paper- IV
• Ethics
• Integrity
• Aptitude
Phase – III Personality test (Interview)
Salient Features
• A formal interview of the candidate
• This stage consists of 275 marks
• A personality check of the individual or the candidate
• The interviewing board aims to explore and identify ‘Officer like Quality’ in the candidate appearing in front of board
• Ideal duration of the interview 20 to 40 minutes
• Questions are framed regarding
1. Candidate’s respective DAF (detailed application form)
2. Current Issues
3. General Studies
4. Intelligence
5. Questions from optional subject chosen by the candidate
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