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UPSC Civils Main and New Prelims Exam 2012 Structure UPSC Civil Services Examination is a long history of prior changes. There are a number of changes in the normal period of time. The second administrative reforms commission (ARC) is one of the most important of all committees. Proposed changes to the test in the second ARC recommended that a Committee of the Civils will be set up by the government recommended by the UPSC. It was suggested that a committee has been set up with high-powered panel.This is is expected to model its recommendations on the basis of the recommendations of the Alagh committee and the Second Administrative Reforms Commission. Following are the details of present and proposed structure of the civils main and prelims (CSAT) examinations:

 The Present Structure of Civils Exam:

From Civil Service Examination 2011, Preliminary Examination would consist of two papers- Paper I and Paper II. The syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination would be as under :

(Paper 1) (200 marks) - Duration : Two hrs.

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) (200 marks) – Duration : Two hrs

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)
Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
A set of sample questions  for both Papers has been put on the UPSC website for reference of prospective candidates.

Sample Questions:


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