• As per the decision of Government of India, there shall be change in the syllabus and prototype of the Preliminary Examination from 2011 in the chart of the Civil Services Examination. Syllabus of CSAT The Government has permitted the proposal for introduction of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in place of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. In CSAT, one of optional subjects which a candidate could have chosen out of 23 optional has been replaced with common paper on aptitude test. The syllabus of CSAT is being worked out.
• The Preliminary Examination shall now contain of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of two hrs time each. Detailed below is the new syllabus and model of the Preliminary Examination, which is brought to the notice of the prospective candidates aiming to show up at the Civil Services Examination (CSE) in 2011 onwards:
Paper I – (200 marks) 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 Re-structure – that don’t involve subject specialization
• General Science.
Paper II- (200 marks) Time: Two hours
• Interpersonal skills inclusive of communication skills;
• Logical reasoning and analytical capability
• 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).
• Questions with reference to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) are going to be examined through passages from English language only without offering Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.