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Civil Service Exam Pattern

The Preliminary Exam now comprises two compulsory papers 200 marks each. Each section is allotted two hours duration.

The table below gives a comparison between the old pattern and the new pattern
  Old Pattern(Till 2010) New Pattern (From 2011)
  Civil Services Prelim Examination CSAT
Paper Paper 1
(General Studies)
Paper 2
(1 optional out of 23 subjects)
Paper I
(General Studies)
Paper II
(Aptitude test)
Marks 150 marks 300 marks 200 marks 200 marks
Questions 150 100/120 100 80
Marks Per question 1 3/2.5 1/3rd 1/3rd
Time 120 mins 120 mins 120 mins 120 mins
Pattern of the Main Examination
The written examination will consist of following:
Paper I One of the Indian Languages 300 marks
Paper II English 300 marks
Papers I and II are of a qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in them will not count for ranking purposes.
Paper III Essay 200 marks
Papers IV & V General Studies - (Papers I & II) 300 marks each
Optional Subjects - (2 Subjects)
Papers VI & VII Optional I (Papers I & II) 300 marks each
Papers VIII & IX Optional II (Papers I & II) 300 marks each
Grand Total (Papers III to IX) 2000 marks