Preliminary Program

Preliminary Examination

Preliminary Examination: The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects or papers. 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 will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The question papers will be set both in English and Hindi

Syllabus of Preliminary Examination

Questions :- 100
Marks :- 200
Duration :- 2 Hr

PART- I- General Studies:

  • 1. History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • 2. Physical, Social & Economic Geography of India.
  • 3. Constitution of India & Polity.
  • 4. Indian Economy.
  • 5. General Science & Techonlogy.
  • 6. Indian Philosphy, Art, Litereture & Culture.
  • 7. Current Affairs & Sports.
  • 8. Environment.

PART- 2 - General Knowledge of Chhattisgarh:
  • 1. History of Chhattisgarh, & Contribution of Chhattisgarh in Freedom Movement.
  • 2. Geography, Climate, Physical status, Census, Archeological and Tourist Centres of Chhattisgarh.
  • 3. Litrature, Music, Dance, Art and Culture, Idioms and Proverbs, Puzzle/riddle (tuilyk), Singing (gkuk) of Chhattisgarh.
  • 4. Tribes, Special Traditions, Teej and Festivals of Chhattisgarh.
  • 5. Economy, Forest and Agriculture of Chhattisgarh.
  • 6. Administrative Structure, Local Government and Panchayatiraj of Chhattisgarh.
  • 7. Industry in Chhattisgarh, Energy, Water and Mineral Resource of Chhattisgarh.
  • 8. Current Affairs of Chhattisgarh

Paper - 2
Questions :- 100
Marks :- 200
Duration :- 2 Hr
Aptitude Test:

  • 1. Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • 2. Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • 3. Decision making and problem solving.
  • 4. General mental ability.
  • 5. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. -Class X level).
  • 6. Knowledge of Hindi Language (Class X level).
  • 7. Knowledge of Chhattisgarhi Language. Knowledge of Hindi Language and Chhattisgarhi Language will be tested in Hindi and Chhattisgarhi Language only, without providing translation.

There are 1/3 negative marks for each wrong answer.
Minimum Qualifying marks: In each question paper there is a minimum qualifying mark. The minimum qualifying mark is Unreserved Category: 33% and Reserved Category and Handicapped Candidates: 23%.
Note: The Paper II is qualifying in nature and the mark obtained in paper II will not be added while preparing the merit list. The merit list will be based on the mark obtained in Paper I only.

Strategy for Prelims

  • CGPSC requires a generalist for serving the highest echelons of administration in India. A generalist is someone who knows something about everything, but not everything about something (called scientists or researchers).
  • Your approach while reading should be somewhat like a generalist. For example, if you are reading about floods, you should focus on understanding their causes; implications (+ve and -ye) - impact on human property and life; their mitigation and management.
  • You need not read scientific literature about floods, river flows, meandering etc. At most, read what they are and how are they related to an earthquake.
  • Most of the candidates think of working hard only, but it is combination of hard plus smart work that would pay in this examination.
  • All the aspirants do not belong to the same academic, economic and social background so their strategy also differ but for the final success in this examination, the candidates have to undergo the same process and pattern of the examination. So, even if the strategy will be different the paradigm must be kept high.
  • One can clear the State Civil Services Prelims in one shot. Understanding concepts should be the first priority because mugging up neither helps neither in Prelims nor in Mains. So focus on basic understanding; and wider coverage rather than detailed studies and intensive coverage.
  • Preliminary Exam is all about identifying' the correct answer among the 4 options given. It's all about elimination of the wrong options and identifying the correct one.
  • Focus should be more on understanding: the concepts.
  • Keep your booklist short and simple. Better to read one book for each topic thoroughly, and then flip through multiple sources.