The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which is common for the candidates applying for Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination, and acts as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.
- Date of Notification: 23 April, 2016
- Last Date to Apply: 20 May, 2016
- Exam Date: 7 August, 2016
- Civil Services (Main): 3 December, 2016
CSAT (Prelims) Pattern
The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry maximum of 400 marks. This exam is only a screening test; the marks obtained in the prelims are only for qualifying for main exam and are not counted for determining final order of merit.
|Paper I - General Studies||2 Hours||100||200|
|Paper II - Aptitude||2 Hours||80||200|
In General Studies Paper - II, minimum qualifying marks is 33%. You will be selected for Mains exam based total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper - I.
Civil Services (Mains) Pattern
The pattern has changed from 2013 main examination. The new pattern is:
|1||Paper A||Indian Language (Qualifying)||300|
|2||Paper B||English (Qualifying)||300|
|4||Paper II||General Studies - I||250|
|5||Paper III||General Studies - II||250|
|6||Paper IV||General Studies - III||250|
|7||Paper V||General Studies - IV||250|
|8||Paper VI||Optional Subject Paper 1||250|
|9||Paper VII||Optional Subject Paper 2||250|
|Interview (Personality Test)||275|