The Civil Services Preliminary Examination is the first stage of the IAS Exam. It is only a screening test i.e only those candidates who come out successful in the Preliminary Exam are allowed to appear for the IAS Main Examination. It comprises two papers General Studies-I & General Studies-II (CSAT). Out of these two, Civil Services Aptitude Test is of qualifying nature only.
IAS PRELIMS 2017: Introduction, Eligibility, Application Procedure, Preparation Strategy, Exam Pattern
Civil Services Preliminary Exam, 2017:
UPSC IAS Exam has three stages. These are: IAS Prelims, IAS Mains & Interview Stage. It is necessary for a candidate to successfully clear all three stages to become an IAS Officer.
The Civil Services Preliminary Exam also known as IAS Prelims, is the first stage of the UPSC Civil Services Exam. Each year, lakhs of candidates appear for this exam and only those who clear IAS Prelims are eligible for IAS Mains. Therefore, even though marks for Civil Services Preliminary Exam do not get counted towards the final merit, it is very important.
IAS EXAM ELIGIBILITY:
How can I sit for the IAS Preliminary Examination? What is the eligibilty for IAS Prelims 2017?
The UPSC sets the eligibility criteria and syllabus for IAS Exam. In its official Civil Services Notification, UPSC has described in detail the eligibility criteria for appearing in Civil Services Preliminary Exam. Before attempting IAS Exam 2017, please make sure you are eligible to sit for the exam or not.
The Eligibility for IAS exam includes the following criterion: Nationality, Minimum Educational Qualification, Age Limit, Number of Attempts & Age Relaxation. These are described in detail below:
IAS Exam Age Limit:
How many candidates sit for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam?
The number of candidates applying for IAS Exam usually lies between 8-10 lakhs every year and this number is seen to be increasing every year. However, the number of candidates who appear for the IAS Preliminary Exam lies between 4-5 lakhs. This number is also witnessing an increasing trend every year. Out of these 4-5 lakh candidates, 13,000-16,000 qualify for IAS Mains. The number of candidates who are called to sit for IAS Mains Exam is usually 13-15 times the number of vacancies for that particular year.
In 2014, a total of 9,44,926 candidates applied for the Civil Services Exam. Out of this, 4,51,602 candidates appeared for the IAS Prelims 2014. Similarly, in the year 2015, a total of 9,45,908 candidates applied for the Civil Services Exam, 2015. Out of this, 4.63 lakh candidates appeared for the IAS Prelims 2015. Similarly, in the year 2016, a total of 9,55,407 candidates applied for the Civil Services Exam, 2016. Out of this, 4.67 lakh candidates appeared for the IAS Prelims 2016.
UPSC CIVIL SERVICES PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION 2017 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE - ONLINE:
How to apply for UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam 2017?
The UPSC comes up with its Official Civil Services Notification every year. Through the Civil Services Notification, candidates are notified about the commencement of application for Civil Services Exam as well as the important dates. For IAS Exam 2017, the official notification will be issued on 22nd of February, 2017.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR UPSC CIVIL SERVICES PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION 2017
Candidates will be required to complete the "Online Application Form" containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available in the above mentioned site through drop down menus.
Before starting filling up of online application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the '.png' or '.jpg' format in such a manner that each file size should not exceed 40KB each.
If any candidate who took the Civil Services Examination held in the previous year wishes to apply for admission to this examination, he / she must submit his / her application so as to reach the Commission's Office by the prescribed date without waiting for the results or an offer of appointment.
IAS PRELIMS 2017 PREPARATION STRATEGY:
How to prepare for IAS Prelims 2017?
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IAS PRELIMS 2017 PATTERN: General Studies, CSAT, Minimum Qualifying Marks for CSAT 2017
The Civil Services Preliminary Examination is objective type in nature. As per the latest IAS Exam 2017 pattern, there are 2 objective type papers in IAS Prelims 2017. These are:
1. General Studies Paper-I
2. General Studies Paper-II (CSAT)
Out of these two, marks for only General Studies-I are taken into consideration. Civil Services Aptitude Test or CSAT is merely qualifying in nature and the candidate has to score minimum marks prescribed by UPSC to qualify i.e. 33%.
Both these exams are of 200 marks each.
What is the minimum qualifying marks to clear CSAT 2017?
The Civil Services Aptitude Test is merely of qualifying nature with minimum qualifying marks of 33% i.e. The UPSC will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service Main Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies PaperII of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.
*Please note that the marks secured by the candidate in the preliminary examination will not be taken into consideration while preparing the final list of selected candidates.
UPSC PRELIMS 2017 SYLLABUS: General Studies for IAS Prelims 2017, CSAT for IAS Prelims 2017
Syllabus for IAS Prelims 2017:
IAS Preliminary Examination comprises two papers General Studies Paper-I & General Studies Paper-II i.e. CSAT.
The syllabus of both these papers is given below:
Paper I - General Studies
Maximum Marks: 200
Duration : Two hours
1. Current events of national and international importance.
2. History of India and Indian National Movement.
3. Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
4. Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
5. Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation
7. General Science.
Paper II- Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)
Maximum Marks: 200
Duration: Two hours
2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4. Decision-making and problem solving
5. General mental ability
6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level)
7. Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
NOTE: The General Studies Paper II is qualifying in nature.