Paper II: (Civil Services) Aptitude Test
The Prelims Paper-II is an Aptitude Test for Civil Services
Moreover Civil Services requires a Public Service attitude and knowledge of English language because a lot of files and communication will be in English so to customise the test according to Civil Services needs
(4)-Knowledge of the Lingua Franca of India i.e. English
The first topic of the syllabus, comes from the Verbal Ability stable.
Two important changes are required to excel in this topic:
Inter-personal skills including Communication Skills
Direct questions based on “Inter-personal skills including Communication Skills” have not figured in the exams conducted in the last two years. Inter-personal communication implies faceto-face interaction involving few people (typically two) rather than large groups .
Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability:
Situations or Assertion-Reason-Conclusion type questions.
Decision-Making and Problem-Solving
General Mental Ability (GMA)
English Language Comprehension Skills: This is the only monolingual part of the exam and a Hindi version of English Language Comprehension Skills is not given on the premise that English being the lingua franca of the country should be known to officers in civil services.
About ten percent of the questions are based on English Language Comprehension skills. These are simple Reading Comprehension questions with easy passages and easy non-twisted answer options.