Syllabus for the Examination
Appendix - I (Section - III)
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Compulsory Subject - General
Studies of Part A - Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Exam:
Current events of national and international
History of India and Indian National Movement
Indian and World Geography
Indian Polity and Economy
General Mental Ability
Questions on General Science will cover general
appreciation and understanding of science including matters of everyday
observation and experience, as may be expected of a well educated person who
has not made a special study of any particular scientific discipline. In
current events, knowledge of significant national and international events
will be tested. In History of India, emphasis will be on broad general
understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects.
Questions on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and
character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and
attainment of Independence. In Geography, emphasis will be on Geography of
India. Questions on the Geography of India will relate to physical, social
and economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian
agricultural and natural resources. Questions on Indian Polity and Economy
will test knowledge of the country’s political system and Constitution of
India, Panchayati Raj, Social Systems and economic developments in India. On
general mental ability, the candidates will be tested on reasoning and
Aim of Main Examination
The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits
and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their
information and memory.
The scope of the syllabus for the optional subject papers for the examination
is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors
degree and lower than the masters degree. In the case of Engineering and law,
the level corresponds to the bachelor's degree.
Total number of questions in the question papers of optional subjects
will be eight. All questions will carry equal marks. Each paper will be
divided into two parts, viz. Part A and Part B, each part containing
four questions. Out of eight questions, five questions are to be
attempted. One question in each part will be compulsory. Candidates will
be required to answer three more questions out of the remaining six
questions, taking at least one question from each part. In this way, at
least two questions will be attempted from each Part i.e. one compulsory
question plus one more.
OPTIONAL SUBJECTS FOR CIVIL SERVICES (MAIN) EXAMINATION
English and Indian Languagues -
Compulsory of Part B - Main Examination of Civil Services Exam
The aim of the paper is to test the candidate's ability to
read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly
and correctly in English/Indian language concerned.
The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows
(i) Comprehension of given passages.
(ii) Precis Writing
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary
(iv) Short Essay
(i) Comprehension of given passages.
(ii) Precis Writing
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.
(iv) Short Essay
(v) Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.
Note 1 : The Papers on Indian languages and English
will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature
only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
Note 2 : The candidates will have to answer the
English and Indian Languages papers in English and the respective Indian
language (except where translation is involved).
Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific
topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep
closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion,
and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
General Studies - Compulsory of Part
B - Main Examination of Civil Services Exam
General Guidelines: The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers will be
such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any
specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general
awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in
Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic
understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on
conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must
give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.
PAPER - I 1. History of Modern India and Indian Culture
The History of Modern India will cover history of the Country from about the
middle of nineteenth century and would also include questions on important
personalities who shaped the freedom movement and social reforms. The part
relating to Indian culture will cover all aspects of Indian culture from the
ancient to modern times as well as principal features of literature, arts and
2. Geography of India
In this part, questions will be on the physical, economic and social
geography of India.
3. Constitution of India and Indian Polity
This part will include questions on the Constitution of India as well as all
constitutional, legal, administrative and other issues emerging from the
politico-administrative system prevalent in the country.
4. Current National Issues and Topics of Social Relevance
This part is intended to test the candidate's awareness of current national
issues and topics of social relevance in present-day India, such as the
(i) The Indian economy and issues relating to planning,
mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
(ii) Issues arising from the social and economic exclusion of large
sections from the benefits of development.
(iii) Other issues relating to the development and management of human
(iv) Health issues including the management of Public Health, Health
education and ethical concerns regarding health-care, medical research and
(v) Law enforcement, internal security and related issues such as
the preservation of communal harmony.
(vi) Issues relating to good governance and accountability to the
citizens including the maintenance of human rights, and of probity in public
(vii) Environmental issues, ecological preservation, conservation of
natural resources and national heritage.
PAPER - II 1. India and the World
This part will include questions to test candidate's awareness of India's
relationship with the world in various spheres such as the following:-
- Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighbouring
countries and in the region.
- Security and defence related matters.
- Nuclear policy, issues, and conflicts.
- The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and the world.
2. India’s Economic Interaction with the World
In this part, questions will be on economic and trade issues such as foreign
trade, foreign investment; economic and diplomacy issues relating to oil, gas
and energy flows; the role and functions of I.M.F., World Bank, W.T.O., WIPO
etc. which influence India’s economic interaction with other countries and
3. Developments in the Field of Science & Technology, IT and
In this part, questions will test the candidate's awareness of the
developments in the field of science and technology, information technology,
space and basic ideas about computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology
and related issues regarding intellectual property rights.
4. International Affairs and Institutions
This part will include questions on important events in world affairs and on
5. Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams
This part will test the candidate's ability to draw conclusions from
information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to