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Civil Services Preliminary Examination
Around 5-6 lakhs students apply for the preliminary exam. The actual number of candidates appearing for the examination varies. It will be around 2.5 to 3 lakh students. The Preliminary exam is Objective and of qualifying nature. It consists of two papers, each of 200 marks. Paper 1 is concerned with General Studies and deals with subjects like:
Science & Current Affairs etc.
Paper 2 checks a candidate's aptitude in terms of Reading Comprehension, Numerical Ability, Graphical Representation, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making etc. The Result of Preliminary exams are declared two months after the Preliminary exam. Those who are successful in clearing the Preliminary exam have to appear for the Mains examination. Around 12000 candidates qualify for the Main Exam every year.
Paper I : General Studies - (200 marks) | Duration : Two hours
Paper II : CSAT - (200 marks) | Duration: Two hours