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IAS Prelims

IAS prelim is the first step towards the accomplishing & prestigious career in Civil Services India. It is an objective type exam held in the month of June every year. It comprises of two paper General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Exam (CSAT) carrying 200 marks each.

STAGE ONE: Preliminary Examination

It has Objective Type/ Multiple Choice for screening purpose only. It shall comprise of 2 papers.

Paper- I General Studies 200 2 hr.
Paper- II General Aptitude 200 2 hr.

General Studies tests the conceptual knowledge and general awareness of an aspirant in five different subjects namely History, Geography, Polity, Economy & Science Technology. A student needs to be well versed with the basic concepts, definitions, theories and processes of the above mentioned subjects along with the current changes, happenings and advances in the fields. This exam tests the width of candidate’s knowledge and understanding .So it requires dedicated preparation from following sources NCERT Books, Newspapers, S.N.M. IAS notes.

Regular tests should be taken to check one’s performance. For this visit Snmiasacademy for weekly Hindu Tests and prelims test series that starts at regular time interval. CSAT exam tests basic aptitude in Maths, English, Reasoning and analytical skills. To fare well in this exam concrete practice of numeric & reasoning problems is required. Consistent reading habit facilitates reading comprehensions in English portion. Knowledge of antonyms & synonyms also helps.

So, an astute aspirant should learn to choose the right material, manage finishing the syllabus in time bound manner and find a good mentor and an institute which can be the guiding light.

Syllabus For Prelims

Syllabus of Paper I (200 marks) Duration: 2 hours
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 specialisation General Science
Syllabus for Paper II-(200 marks)Duration: 2 hours
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.) (Class X level),
Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)


Procedure and scheme for the Main Examination:

Paper Subject/Paper Maximum Marks
  Essay 250
Paper 1 GS Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society. 250
Paper 2 GS Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations 250
Paper 3 GS Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management 250
Paper 4 GS Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude 250
Paper 5 Optional ( Paper I and Paper II) 250+250=500

Aspirations know no boundaries. Being an IAS officer is every Indian’s dream career. To make this dream come true one needs expert guidance, lot of support and relevant knowledge. Teachers and mentors play a pivotal role in grooming an aspirant for clearing the exam. But sometimes because of certain circumstances, students are not able to join regular classroom coaching and in such scenario correspondence courses and distance learning comes as a great help.

S.N.M. IAS Academy offers the best correspondence course for preparing for civil services exams. Our material is prepared keeping in mind the previous trend of questions for Prelims and Mains. We offer separate books for Prelims & Mains focusing on the specific requirement of each stage.

We offer enriched material, online support, practice questions and regular mock tests. So, for those who because of distance or work commitment, are not able to attend regular classes correspondence material and distant courses come as a very handy option.


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  • 10 tests from mains perspective.
  • 15 tests from preliminary perspective.
  • Interaction through E mail.
  • Notes package of 8 booklets from mains point of view containing more than 500 pages.
  • 10 tests from mains perspective along with personal feedback on writing skills.
  • nteraction through E mail.
  • Extensively covered and enriched notes based on previous year questions
  • 10 tests from mains perspective.
  • Interaction through E mail.
  • Notes package of 7 booklets containing more than 800 pages.
  • 10 tests from preliminary perspective
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