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Civil Services Prelim Exam Patern 2011
Syllabus and Pattern – Important  
Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary Examination is one of the toughest exams in India and you should not take it lightly even though it is meant to serve as a screening test. This examination is conducted according to the following pattern:



General Studies

2 hrs


Objective Type


Optional Subject

2 hrs


Objective Type

General Studies:
General Science
Current Events of national and international importance
History of India and Indian National Movement
India and World Geography
Indian Polity and Economy
General Mental Ability (Reasoning & Analytical ability)

Optional Subjects:
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Civil Engineering
*Commerce & Accountancy
Electrical Engineering
*Indian History
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science
*Political Science
*Public Administration

*offered by Manidha in online ---- Register with us
If you want to any other optional other then this please contact through email.

Basic readings for Preliminary

  1. News paper “The Hindu”
  2. Magazines – Civil services chronicle, Competition Wizard; Yojana; Kurushetra; Frontline
  3. Text Books – NCERT text books on science & Tech, Indian History,
    Indian Geography, Indian Polity, Indian Economy from standard VI – XII
  4. General Mental Ability – Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Agarwal
  5. General studies manual – Tata McGraw Hill Pub / Spectrum Pub
  6. Indian polity – P.Lakshmi Kanth
  7. Modern Indian History – "India’s struggle for Independence" – Bipin Chandra
  8. Indian Economy – Pradhyogita Darpan
  9. Manorama Year book of publication division
  10. Indian Year book of publication division
  11. Atlas – Orient Longman
  12. Previous year’s solved questions.

Strategy -CCRR

  1. Collection of Study Materials
  2. Consolidation of topics in study materials that are civil services exam oriented
  3. Reading (Comprehensive Reading)
  4. Revision (Periodical)

SWOT Analysis

SWOT analysis will be extremely helpful in choosing an optional
Based on your area of interest, availability of study materials & coaching facilities available for an optional – You can choose your own.
1. Strengths
2. Weakness
3. Opportunities
4. Threats

How to tackle Negative Marking

  1. There will be penalty for wring answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question paper
  2. There are four alternatives for the answers for every question
  3. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate 1/3 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty
  4. If a question is left blank there will be no penalty for that question
  5. For example in an optional subject for prelims there are 120 MCQs
If you answer 101 questions and 80 questions correct, but 21 questions are wrong, therefore there will be (80-7) x 2 ½