|Paper – I||General Studies – This paper will be counted for qualifying to write the Civil Services Main examination.||200 Marks||Two Hours|
|Paper- II (CSAT)||Aptitude test (CSAT) – This paper is of qualifying nature, but candidate must score atleast 33% marks in this paper.
However, marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Main examination.
|200 Marks||Two Hours|
The UPSC Preliminary examination is meant to serve as a screening test only. The marks of Paper 1 are alone considered for making the merit list for this exam and Paper 2 is of qualifying nature. So every candidate should qualify with a minimum of 33% of total marks. Only those candidates who have qualified the Preliminary examination can write the Main examination. The marks obtained in the Preliminary exam by the candidate who are declared qualified to the admission to the Main examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in that year in various Services and Posts.
It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of Preliminary examination to be qualified for the evaluation purposes. The candidate will be disqualified in case he or she appears in only one paper of the Preliminary examination and also applying for exam but not attending will not be considered as an attempt.
There is “Negative Marking” in the Preliminary examination. For every wrong answer, 1/3rd of marks allotted for every question will be reduced from the correct tally of score. So candidates need to be extra careful while making wild guesses in the Preliminary examination.