IAS Syllabus - UPSC CSAT Pre Syllabus Exam Pattern

Check IAS Syllabus - UPSC Civil Services Pre Syllabus and Exam Pattern
In Civil Services Preliminary exam 2015, there will be two objective-type papers common for all the candidates in the preliminary examination. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only and the marks obtained by the qualified candidates will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

IAS Syllabus - UPSC CSAT Preliminary Exam Syllabus 2015

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
General Science

Interpersonal skills including communication skills
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision making and problem solving
General mental ability
Basic numerical ability i.e. numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.,  Data interpretation i.e. charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. which is of Class X level
English Language Comprehension skills  which is of Class X level.
The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English mediums. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills will be tested through passages from English language only.
The questions will be of multiple choices objective type. Four alternatives will be given and the candidates has to select the right one.
Both the papers will carry 200 marks each and time to attempt the paper will be 2 hours for each paper.

There will be negative marking for incorrect answers given by the candidate. One‐third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.