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UPSC Preliminary: Exam Pattern 

General Studies Paper 1:
Type:
  Paper based test(Offline Mode)
Duration: The duration of the General Studies paper 1 for UPSC Pre exam will be of 120 minutes.
No. of Questions: 100 Objective type questions.
Syllabus Covered: The Syllabus includes areas like; Indian National Movement, Indian Polity, Basic Economic Understanding, Geography. While these are static part of the syllabus, the dynamic part includes Current affairs,General Knowledge and that does not proper definition, thus making the syllabus quite vast.
Marking Scheme: 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

General Studies Paper 2:
Type:
  Paper based test(Offline Mode)
Duration: The duration of the General Studies paper 2 for UPSC Pre exam will be of 120 minutes.
No. of Questions: 80 Objective type questions.
Syllabus Covered: Paper 2 is an Aptitude Test which is dynamic in nature and includes mathematics, reasoning, analytical ability and interpersonal skills. All these areas require spot mental ability.
Marking Scheme: 2.5 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

The Paper 2 is now of only qualifying nature and it's marks is not counted while making the merit list. However, it is mandatory for the candidate to score minimum 33% in this paper to qualify the Prelims Exam.

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