“Confidence and hard work is the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you a successful person”.
– Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

As we know the Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. It is conducted in two phases – a Preliminary Examination and a Main Examination comprising of written test (nine papers) and Personality Test (interview) held at New Delhi.

The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in sub-section (A) of Section-II. The purpose of the preliminary test is to eliminate non serious candidates, that is, only a screening test which selected the candidates for the Mains Examination. All the questions are in the nature of objective type (Multiple Choice Questions) and carrying negative mark also. Marks of the Preliminary test will not be counted in the aggregate marks of the Mains. That is, the rank will be determined on the basis of the marks secured in the Mains written test and personality test. No certificate or mark sheet is given after the preliminary test.

The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination. The preparation for the preliminary examination should be in a style that suits objective type questions and that for the mains should be in tune with essay-writing. More clearly, in the preliminary test aspirants must focus on picking right answer from the giving options and in the mains the focus on writing skill with good contents. Analyse the subsequent section to know the structure, syllabi, tips and strategies to crack preliminary examination.

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