Preliminary Examination
• General Studies

 Main Examination
 •Compulsory Subject
o English and Indian Languagues
o Essay
o General Studies - Paper I & II
• Optional Subjects

Prelims – General Studies
Part A - Preliminary Examination- General Studies
(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, panchayat 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.
Prelims –CSAT
Part A - CSAT

(Paper II) (200 marks) - Duration : Two hrs.
  • English language comprehension skills (Class X level)

Main- Compulsory

English and Indian Languagues

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
Indian Languages
(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).

Main- Essay – Compulsory

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.

Main- General Studies – Compulsory -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 architecture.
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 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 following:
(i) The Indian economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
(ii) Issues due to the social and economic exclusion of large sections from the benefits of development.
(iii) Other issues relating to the development and management of human resource.
(iv) Health issues including the management of Public Health, Health education and ethical concerns regarding health-care, medical research and pharmaceuticals.
(v) Law enforcement, internal security and 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 life.

Main- General Studies – Compulsory -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 international institutions.
3. Developments in the Field of Science & Technology, IT and space
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 international institutions.
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 interpret them 

Part B – Main Examination – Optional Subjects

·         Tamil
·         Management
·         Mathematics
·         Mechanical Engineering
·         Medical Science
·         Philosophy
·         Physics
·         Political Science and International Relations
·         Psychology
·         Public Administration
·         Sociology
·         Statistics
·         Zoology
·         Agriculture
·         Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
·         Anthropology
·         Botany
·         Chemistry
·         Civil Engineering
·         Commerce & Accountancy
·         Economics
·         Electrical Engineering
·         Geography
·         Geology
·         History
·         Law
·         English
·         Hindi
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