Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam, 2012

The Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam, 2012 is also known as the Civil Services Aptitude Test or CSAT. This system of aptitude test has been implemented since the year 2011 and planned to help the examiners choose the prospective civil servants on the basis of their aptitude for the job rather than their scores in each subject alone.

Important Dates and Parameters
Exam Date May 20th, 2012
Exam Time There are two papers of 200 marks each and the duration of each paper is 2 hours.
Fees Candidates who are applying through the official website will have to pay a reduced fee of INR 50. Offline applicants will have to pay INR 100. Females and SC/ST/Specially abled candidates will not have to pay any fee.
Registration Opening Date February 4th, 2012
Registration Closing Date March 5th, 2012
Eligibility Criteria: The candidate should be between 21 and 30 years of age. For SC/ST candidates, the age bar can be relaxed up to 5 years. The applicants have to be graduates in any field from a recognized university.
Admit Card Availability The admit cards will be sent by the UPSC to the candidates at their residential address through post.
Availability of Brochure and Forms The candidates can either apply through the official website of the Union Public Service Commission or can purchase the forms for INR 30 from a designated post office.
Application Mode: Cash, Demand Draft, Credit Card, net Banking The applications have to be done either through cash at any SBI branch or through the net banking facilities made available by the State Bank of India.
Centers of the Examination Agartala, Srinagar, Gangtok, Aurangabad, Kolkata, Bhopal, Bareilly, Dispur, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Shimla, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, Shillong, Madurai, Jodhpur, Imphal, Aligarh, Patna, Delhi, Jammu, Lucknow, Tirupati, Allahabad, Mumbai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Kochi, Sambalpur, Thiruvananthapuram, Dharwad, Pondicherry, Jorhat, Raipur, Port Blair, Jaipur, Ranchi, Aurangabad, Panaji, Nagpur, Udaipur, Jammu.


The Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam, 2012 is held for the recruitment in the following fields:

Special Recruitments Fields
  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Police Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service (Group A)
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) (Group A)
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service (Group A)
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service (Group A)
  • Indian Postal Service (Group A)
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service (Group A)
  • Indian Revenue Service (Group A)
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade) (Group B)
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service (Group A)

  • Indian Defence Accounts Service (Group A)
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service (Group A)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Non-technical) (Group A)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service (Group A)
  • Indian Trade Service (Group A) Group III
  • Indian Defence Estates Service (Group A)
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service (Group A)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service (Group B)
  • Post of Assistant Security Officer in Railway Protection Force (Group A)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service (Group B)
  • Indian Information Service (Group A)


The Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam, 2012 will have objective type questions and there will be negative marking for each incorrect answer. The syllabus for the examination has been tabulated below:

Paper I - Current affairs (national and international), the national freedom struggle, history of India, general science, economics, world and Indian geography, bio-diversity, climate change, Indian political system, social sector initiatives.
Paper II - Analytical ability, logical reasoning, comprehension, general mental ability, problem solving and decision making, communication skills, numerical ability, data interpretation, knowledge of the English language.

Recommended Books
  • NCERT : Physical Geography of India for Std X – XII
  • General Principles of World Geography, by Charles Farro
  • Indian Economy, by Dutt & Sundaram
  • Indian Constitution, by D.D. Basu
  • India’s Struggle for Independence, by Bipin Chandra
  • Quantitative Aptitude, by R.S. Aggarwal

  • Our Parliament, by Subhash C. Kashyap
  • Constitution of India by Bakshi
  • Our Constitution, by Subhash C. Kashyap
  • NCERT Mathematics (Std XI-XII)
  • Statistical Methods by S. C. Gupta