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Preliminary Exam (Prelims)

The First Stage of USPC Civil Services Examination
Scheme of Exam

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination  is an Objective Type conducted for the selection of candidates for Main Examination.

The Preliminary Examination is an Objective Examination with the following scheme:

General Studies Paper-IGeneral Studies200 marksConsidered for Merit
General Studies Paper IIAptitude Test200 marksQualifying

This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination is not counted for determining their final order of merit.

Note I : The Commission draws a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Services (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.

Note II : There is negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below) for all questions except some of the questions where the negative marking are inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.

(i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.
(iii) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

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