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CIVIL SERVICES - PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION - SELECTION (LEVEL 1)PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

  • Announcement / Notification - 05.03.2013
  • Last date for the receipt of applications - The Online Applications can be filled up to 4th April 2013 till 11.59 pm after which the link will be disabled.
  • Examination Date - 26.05.2013.
  • Results - Only the candidates who qualify in the Preliminary Examination would be sent the detailed application form to apply for the Main Examination.

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION SUMMARY

  • The Preliminary Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.
  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
  • However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
  • Each paper will be of two hours duration.
  • Blind candidates will however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper.
  • Textbooks and References
  • Syllabus:
  • Penalty for wrong answers
    THERE WILL BE PENALTY (NEGATIVE MARKING) FOR WRONG ANSWERS MARKED BY A CANDIDATE IN THE OBJECTIVE TYPE QUESTION PAPERS EXCEPT SOME OF THE QUESTIONS WHERE THE NEGATIVE MARKING WILL BE IN-BUILT IN THE FORM OF DIFFERENT MARKS BEING AWARDED TO MOST APPROPRIATE AND NOT SO APPROPRIATE ANSWER FOR SUCH QUESTIONS. For further details regarding negative marking, click here.
 
 

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION - PAPER I - OBJECTIVE TYPE         (Marks: 200     Duration: 2 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 specialisation.
  • General Science.

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION - PAPER II - OBJECTIVE TYPE         (Marks: 200     Duration: 2 hours)


  • 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).

Note 1: 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.

Note 2: All the questions will be of Objective Type (Multiple Choice Questions).

Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelims) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelims) Examination.

TEXT BOOKS AND REFERENCES



History   Geography
  • Ancient India: RS Sharma (NCERT book Class XI)
  • Medieval India: Satish Chandra (NCERT book Class XI)
  • Modern India (Contemporary India): Satish Chandra Mittal (NCERT Class XII)
  • India's Struggle for Independence- Bipan Chandra
 
  • Geography of India - D.R.Khullar
  • Oxford India Atlas
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography - Goh Cheng Leong
  • NCERT Class VI to XII
  • Human Geography - Majid Hussain
     
Polity   Indian Economy
  • The Constitution of India: PM Bakshi
  • Indian Polity: Laxmikanth
  • Our Constitution - Subhash Kashyap
  • An Introduction to the Constitution Of India - D.D.Basu
 
  • Indian Economy- Dutt and Sundaram
  • Indian Economy - Mishra and Puri
  • Economic Survey of India
     
Journals & Magazines   Newspapers
  • Yojana
  • Kurukshetra
  • World Focus
  • Frontline
 
  • The Hindu
  • The Times of India
  • The Economic Times
     
Yearbooks and related references   English Comprehension & Quantitative Aptitude
  • Manorama Year Book
  • Panorama Year Book
  • Pratiyogita Darpan
  • Wizard strategist 13 years’ solution of General Studies
 
  • Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary - Oxford University Press
  • High School English Grammar and Composition - Wren and Martin
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude - Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations - Abhijit Guha
     

PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS


  1. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  2. If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and the penalty will be the same as mentioned above for that question.
  3. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

 

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