The UPSC 2011 notification made changes to the UPSC Prelims pattern. As per the UPSC Notification 2017, the UPSC prelims paper is divided into two objective type papers:
Paper-1 for General Studies (GS) Paper
Paper -2 generally called as the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) Paper.
The GS paper consists of 100 questions of 2 marks each to be answered in 2 hours. The CSAT paper is qualifying in nature and a candidate is expected to score 33% of the total marks i.e, 66 marks out of 200 marks. The CSAT paper consists of 80 questions of 2.5 marks each to be answered in 2 hours. The question papers are set in both English and in Hindi.
UPSC Prelims Syllabus:
General Studies Paper I Syllabus
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 don't require subject specialization
Aptitude Test Paper II Syllabus (CSAT)
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. (will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation)