Changes made in civil services exam pattern

In keeping with its drive to reform the civil services, the Central government on Monday announced some changes in the exam pattern of the services.

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2010, 19:10 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In keeping with its drive to reform the civil services, the Central government on Monday announced some changes in the exam pattern of the services.

In the Civil Service Examination 2011, Preliminary Examination would consist of two papers- Paper I and Paper II. While Paper I would be General Studies, Paper II would test a candidate on aptitude.

Both Papers will be of two hours duration and 200 marks each. The syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination would be as under as per a press release by the Press Information Bureau:

Paper I

  • 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 donot require subject specialization
  • General science

    Paper II

  • 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)