General Studies(Paper 1)

Preliminary Examination Paper I – (200 marks) Duration : Two hours

Will be counted for qualifying to the Mains exam. An in-depth understanding of topics given in the syllabus will help you to prepare for the prelim exams in a much better way.


  • 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.

Exam Pattern: There are 100 questions to be answered in two hours, each question carries two marks. It shows there is about 80 seconds to answer each question. So speed and accuracy is essential to tackle this examination. While the correct answer will fetch 2 marks, a wrong answer means a loss of 0.66 marks.

The 100 questions can be grouped into three ways :-

  • Multiple Choice Questions – single response correct
  • Multiple Choice Questions – multiple response correct
  • Multiple Choice Questions – Matching type

Sample Questions:

Type -1

  1. Which of the following pair of islands is separated from each other by the” Ten degree channel” ?
    a)Andaman and Nicobar
    b) Nicobar and Sumatra
    c)Maldives and Lakshadweep
    d)Sumatra and java

Type -2

Which among the following statements are true?
1. Disqualification of MPs due to defection is decided by speaker of Lok Sabha or Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
2. Disqualification of MPs as per Representation of People’s Act is decided by the President of India.
a)1 only
b)2 only
c)Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above