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A set of 14 sample questions for Paper-I and Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, on the revised syllabus and pattern, are given below. These questions are indicative of the type of questions that may be constructed and used by UPSC in Paper-I and Paper II of CS (P) examination, 2011. However, neither the content nor the structure/type of questions may be construed as being exhaustive or limiting the freedom of UPSC to set questions based on the syllabus prescribed for the examination.

It may be noted that as per the existing practice, both the question papers would be bilingual (English and Hindi), except for some questions specifically intended to test English Language Comprehension skills, which would be in English only. Some more sample questions may be put up subsequently. Hindi version of the sample questions would follow.


(Based on revised syllabi & pattern effective from CS(P) Examination, 2011)


1. With reference to Simon Commission’s recommendations, which one of the following statements is correct?

(a)     It recommended the replacement of diarchy with responsible government in the provinces.

(b)    It proposed the setting up of inter-provincial council under the Home Department.

(c)     It suggested the abolition of bicameral legislature at the Centre

(d)    It recommended the creation of Indian Police Service with a provision for increased pay and allowances for British recruits as compared to Indian recruits.

2. A geographic area with an altitude of 400 metres has following characteristics:

Month J F M A M J J A S O N D
Average 31 31 31 31 30 30 29 28 29 29 30 31
maximum temp.
Average 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20
minimum temp.
Rainfall (mm) 51 85 188 158 139 121 134 168 185 221 198 86

If this geographic area were to have a natural forest, which one of the following would
it most likely be?

(a)     Moist temperate coniferous forest

(b)     Montane subtropical forest

(c)     Temperate forest

(d)     Tropical rain forest

3. Other than Jatropha curcas, why is Pongamia pinnata also considered a good option for the production of bio-diesel in India?

1. Pongamia pinnata grows naturally in most of the arid regions of India.

2. The seeds of Pongamia pinnata are rich in lipid content of which nearly half of oleic acid.Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a)        1 only

(b)      2 only

(c)       Both 1 and 2

(d)      Neither 1 nor 2

4. If a potato is placed on a pure paper plate which is white and unprinted and put in a microwave oven, the potato heats up but the paper plate does not. This is because:

(a)               Potato is mainly made up of starch whereas paper is mainly made up of cellulose

(b)              Potato transmits microwaves whereas paper reflects microwaves

(c)               Potato contains water whereas paper does not contain water

(d)              Potato is a fresh organic material whereas paper is a dead organic material

5.        With reference to India, consider the following:

1.    Nationalization of Banks

2.     Formation of Regional Rural Banks

3.     Adoption of villages by Bank Branches

Which of the above can be considered as steps taken to achieve the ‘financial inclusion” in India?

(a)          1 and 2 only

(b)         2 and 3 only

(c)         3 only

(d)         1, 2 and 3

6. Consider the following actions by the Government:

1.                 Cutting the tax rates

2.                  Increasing the government spending

3.                  Abolishing the subsidies

In the context of economic recession, which of the above actions can be considered a part of the ” fiscal stimulus” package?

(a)               1 and 2 only

(b)              2 only

(c)               1 and 3 only

(d)               1, 2 and 3


Read the following passage and answer the given questions. Your answers should be drawn from the content of given passage only.The economy of contemporary India is a great paradox. It is a strange combination of outstanding achievements as well as grave failures. Since independence, India has achieved remarkable progress in overcoming its economic backwardness. From being a very poor country in the 1950s and a ‘basket case’ in the mid 1960s, it has emerged as the fourth largest economy in the world (in terms of purchasing power parity). Our economy has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Now the country is one of the leading players in the world knowledge economy with vast intellectual capital and booming software and information technology services. While our country has joined the league of the world’s top five fastest growing economies, we are in the bottom 20 among all countries in terms of the Human Development Index. While the country is celebrating its growth rate and technological wonders, it is witnessing social contradictions and the paradox and ironies of development. Thus, there are ‘two Indias’ in contemporary India.

1.     Why is the Indian economy considered ‘a great paradox’?

(a)  It is a leading player in information technology services with low levels of

(b)  There is poverty amidst plenty in agricultural produce.

(c)  It is one of the largest economies with low human development.

(d)  It has scientific achievements with social contradictions.

2.      Why is India being referred to as a leading player in the world knowledge economy?

(a)  India’s knowledge base in science and technology is one of the world’s best.

(b)  India has huge reserves of human intellectual capitals and information technology services.

(c)  India is among the World’s five fastest growing economics and technology reserves.

(d)  India has a huge reservoir of human capital and scientific knowledge export potential.

3.     What does the author imply by the phrase ‘two Indias’ ?

(a)  There is the India that has vast intellectual capital and the other that is largely

(b)  There is the India of burgeoning growth and the India of widespread want and

(c)  There is the India of progressive mindsets and the other who are socially

(d)   There is an India of outstanding achievements combined with gigantic failures.

4.        Consider the following statement and also the conclusions. Answer the question that follows:Statement : Education is in the Concurrent List. The State government cannot bring reforms in education without the consent of Central Government.

Conclusion I : For bringing about quick reforms in education, it should be in the State List .

Conclusion II: States are not willing to bring about quick reforms in Education.

Which one of the following is correct?

(a)   Conclusion -I only follows from the statement.

(b)   Conclusion -II only follows from the statement.

(c)   Both conclusions I & II follow from the statement

(d)   Neither conclusion I nor conclusion II follow from the statement

5.         Five persons P, Q, R, S, T are sitting in a row. Q is between P and T. To find who among them is in the middle, which of the information given in the following statements is/are sufficient?

1.  P is left of Q and right of S.

2.   R is at the right end.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 only

(b)        2 only

(c)        Either 1 or 2

(d)       Both 1 and 2

6. Which one among V2 , , V6 , is the smallest one?

7. The following pie charts show that a man spends 10% on clothes, 20% on rent, 30% on food and rest on miscellaneous items in the month of January and spends 15% on clothes, 25% on rent, 35% on food and rest on miscellaneous items in the month of February.

Consider the following statements:

1.            The money spent on food over rent in the month of January is same as the
money spent on food over rent in the month of February.

2.            The money spent on rent over clothes is same as money spent on food over
rent in the month of January.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a)         1 only

(b)        2 only

(c)        Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2 Note:The following question would be in English Language only to test
English Language Comprehension.

8. Whenever I had occasion to indulge in these surreptitious feasts, dinner at home was out of question. My mother would naturally ask me to come and take my food and want to know the reason why I did not wish to eat. I would say to her, ‘I have no appetite today; there is something wrong with my digestion.’ It was not without compunction that I devised these pretexts. I knew I was lying, and lying to my mother. l also knew that, if my mother and father came to know of my having become a meat- eater, they would be deeply shocked. This knowledge was gnawing at my heart.

Why did the author devise some pretexts not without compunction ?

(a)    He wanted to keep away from home some times.

(b)    Surreptitious feasts thrilled him.

(c)    Dinners outside were better than at home.

(d)    He wanted to eat meat.

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  1. Dhruv
    December 15th, 2010 at 05:11 | #1

    Hey, thanks for the sample questions. yar this paper seems more like a CAT (management) question paper. UPSC ki jai ho.

  2. December 15th, 2010 at 05:36 | #2

    thanx…..bt i think nw this task become hard for me lets see wht will happen????

  3. December 15th, 2010 at 05:39 | #3

    super step taken by upsc to test individuals on common platform……wow upsc great!!!!!! now this step will give the best cream……i wud like a similar step in mains also….good luck to all as success has no shortcuts..

  4. jayanta
    December 15th, 2010 at 06:19 | #4

    hii..thnx for the sample paper..can u provide wit the distribution of marks in the prelims (any suggestions are welcomed)

  5. anshu patel
    December 15th, 2010 at 06:51 | #5

    i liked th pattern…..but also give the answers…..to confern…..awaiting…thank u.

  6. shunmugaraj M
    December 15th, 2010 at 07:15 | #6

    This is very easy to understand moreover the new civil service exam pattern is simple compared to preliminary exam. kindly provide more and more model questions with solutions in this regard. as far as I am concerned, this revised pattern may lead to upgrade the knowledge to those who are willing to overcome the civil service examination.

  7. ami
    December 15th, 2010 at 07:28 | #7

    does negative marking apply? if yes,how.

  8. modassar ahmad
    December 15th, 2010 at 07:57 | #8

    thanks to upsc for publishing sample paper…this will help aspirants too much…

  9. December 15th, 2010 at 08:02 | #9

    Thanks for the sample questions…..

  10. prakash
    December 15th, 2010 at 08:20 | #10

    hey,thanks for sample questions.

  11. atul
    December 15th, 2010 at 08:25 | #11

    i have already this

  12. December 15th, 2010 at 08:38 | #12

    thankx so much….its jst vry informative 4 al f us..thanx again

  13. Naveen Sharma
    December 15th, 2010 at 08:58 | #13

    It is not like CAT but emphasised on GS Standard. Thanks for sample paper.

    December 15th, 2010 at 11:37 | #14

    decision making,i know it will be like this…okay very well

  15. Shanky
    December 15th, 2010 at 12:30 | #15

    Thanks for it!

    It’s going to be good..more focusing on think and than answer within limited time…rather than some rattafication…

  16. vikas
    December 15th, 2010 at 13:34 | #16

    hi can mail me some sample papers of this year upse exam

  17. aryan
    December 15th, 2010 at 15:03 | #17

    yaa its wondeful…………………………..! n none exaggeration.

  18. krisna
    December 15th, 2010 at 15:05 | #18

    what bout answers

    December 15th, 2010 at 15:39 | #19

    Thank u so much sir……………….

  20. paulomi
    December 15th, 2010 at 16:05 | #20

    crazy, but much better as its on the daily reading n logical standards

  21. mskyuva
    December 16th, 2010 at 05:46 | #21

    CSAT aims at selecting the deserving candidates…..

  22. Neetu Tripathi
    December 16th, 2010 at 06:05 | #22

    Hi, Thankyun for this sample paper.

  23. poorani
    December 16th, 2010 at 07:20 | #23

    thank u very much sir.where we get the ans sir

  24. December 16th, 2010 at 08:50 | #24

    thank u very much sir. i want many more details abt exmas. please sir………

  25. Babar
    December 16th, 2010 at 08:50 | #25

    Thanks for this paper,it will help more. But it will be much fine if you willl provide answer sheet too. Again thanks a lot

  26. Pravin Sharma
    December 16th, 2010 at 09:49 | #26

    well !

    Its great to see the sample paper……… iUPSC is doing a great job!!!!

  27. Meraj Alam Ansari
    December 16th, 2010 at 10:40 | #27

    Thanks……. but, Instead of taking examination; UPSC should direct recruite from IIM’s.

  28. Meraj Alam Ansari
    December 16th, 2010 at 10:42 | #28

    Thanks……. but, Instead of taking examination; UPSC should direct recruite from IIM’s.
    are (hamara) art walon ka kya hoga………… Maharaj.

  29. December 16th, 2010 at 12:48 | #29


  30. soni
    December 16th, 2010 at 13:17 | #30

    do the civil services exam i.e.,CSAT has only one examination or 2prelims and mains.the model paper given is for prelims??

  31. kanu
    December 16th, 2010 at 14:25 | #31

    hi i want key answers for CSAT model answers 2011

  32. deepna
    December 16th, 2010 at 14:52 | #32

    thank u sir 4 giving the model…….

  33. shobhit
    December 16th, 2010 at 15:16 | #33

    can any one share the answers …:)

  34. anand
    December 16th, 2010 at 17:39 | #34

    thanks, but i think we can’t judge the pattern before the first CSAT….

  35. lokender Thakur
    December 17th, 2010 at 04:55 | #35

    Thanx for the sample paper.this will help all the CS aspirants to know in advance the type of the exam. and they can start preparing accordingly as per the pattern.
    I think this could have done long back but still it’s never too late to begin. I think all the respective state public service commissions shoud follow this step and test all the aspirants on equal footing by giving the same paper to all of them and to give equal opportunity to the individual to prove their mettle.
    But, what about the negative marking?
    But it’s really gonna be tough for humanity subject aspirants and plus point for science and engg. stream students.
    I wish all the best to all the future aspirants….

  36. December 17th, 2010 at 08:24 | #36

    thank you veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy much for your concerned

  37. swati
    December 17th, 2010 at 08:37 | #37

    thanx 4 sample papers.send some more.

  38. ajey
    December 17th, 2010 at 15:18 | #38

    thnx for this and please provide some more like these

  39. Raj Kumar
    December 19th, 2010 at 09:00 | #39

    thanx 4 sample papers.send some more.

  40. Archana
    December 19th, 2010 at 18:23 | #40

    Thanks for the sample paper but please do provide the answers!!

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