UPSC – Prelims 2018 Exam Pattern


UPSC – Prelims 2018 Exam Pattern

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2018 is scheduled to be held on 3rd June 2018 (Sunday).Here are tips from an expert, a strategy that will help you get started towards this year’s goal. But before we move to the strategy, let’s have a look at the exam pattern  for UPSC Civil Services Examination 2018.

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam consists of 2 papers. Both the papers contain objective type questions. Marks obtained in only GS Paper-I are considered for selection in mains examination.

Most of your focus should be on preparing for GS Paper-I but at the same time GS Paper-II should not be ignored. Following table shows the pattern of Prelims exam.

Paper Name No. of Questions Maximum marks Time Negative marking Remarks
GS Paper-I 100 200 2 hours 1/3rd
GS Paper-II(CSAT) 80 200 2 hours 1/3rd Qualifying in nature (33 %)


Exam 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 do not require subject specialization General Science


  • Comprehension
  • 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.)
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.)