Nagaland Civil Services Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Nagaland PSC and Allied Services recruit eligible candidates for various vacancies in the Administrative posts of Nagaland. Syllabus and Exam details for the PSC exam is given below. Interested candidates can go through the syllabus and start preparing for the exam.

There will be three stages of examinations:

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Interview/Viva-voce

Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary examination will consist of 1 (one) paper of objective type (MCQ with OMR Answer Sheet) carrying a maximum of 200 marks from the syllabus given below. This Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only. The marks obtained in the preliminary examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the main examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the main examination shall be fixed as per provisions laid down in the recruitment rules.

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination (MCQ) Marks: 200 Time: 3 Hrs

The subjects to be covered will be as follows:

  1. General Science: General appreciation and understanding of science, including matters of everyday observation and experience as may be expected of a well-educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.
  2. History: Broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic, political aspects, social and cultural heritage of India, emphasizing unity in diversity.
  3. Nagaland: Social, cultural and heritage of its people.
  4. Geography: Geography of India including the physical, social, economic, geography and on the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources.
  5. Indian Polity and Economy: Country’s political, Executive, Judicial System, Local Bodies, Rural and Community Development and Economic Planning in India.
  6. Indian National Movement: Nature and character of the Nineteenth-century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of independence.
  7. General Mental Ability Test: Analysis of classified data, logical and behavioural reasoning, analogies, basic arithmetic, numerical ability and the basic concept of computers.
  8. Current events: Latest development on all the fields detailed above including science and technology and environmental awareness.

Main Examination

The Main examination will consist of 3 (three) papers, namely:

(a) General Essay, Comprehension and Grammar.

(b) General Studies Paper-I in objective type (MCQ- with OMR Sheet) and

(c) General Studies Paper-II in descriptive form of short and long answer type.

The above papers carry a maximum of 200 marks each.

Syllabus for Main Examination (Descriptive & MCQ)

1 General Essay, Comprehension & Grammar Marks: 200 Time: 3 Hrs

(i) There will be two General Essay Questions from the following topics:

  • Crisis management, Social problems, Analysis and solutions.
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • Current events relating to State of Nagaland. 50x2=100

(ii) Comprehension 80

(iii) Grammar 20

2 General Studies

Paper – I (MCQ) Marks: 200 Time: 3 Hrs

(i) Modern history of India and Indian culture.

(ii) Current events of national and international importance.

(iii) Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams.

(iv) Basic and everyday science.

(v) Nagaland in all aspects.

Paper – II (Descriptive) Marks: 200 Time: 3 Hrs

(i) Indian polity and Public Administration.

(ii) Indian economy and geography.

(iii) Social problems and sensitive issues including environmental problems.

(iv) Nagaland-geography, society, culture and heritage.

(v) Administration in Nagaland.

 Indian polity and Public Administration will include questions on Constitution, administration and Political system in India.

 On Indian economy and geography, questions will be put on planning, physical, economic and social geography of India.

 Social problems and sensitive issues will include problems like child labour, HIV/AIDS, gender bias, minorities, SC/ST, illiteracy, poverty, employment etc. Global issues such as environmental problems will be covered.

 Nagaland-geography, society, culture and heritage and

 Nagaland administration will cover topics in general administration like organizational structure, local bodies, functions, control, social welfare-oriented programmes, etc.

Note: Paper-II will have different segments of questions ranging from 2 (two) marks to 20 (twenty) marks.


The interview is intended to assess the overall intelligence and the personality of a candidate and also the aptitude and attitude relevant to the services opted for, rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

The number of candidates to be called for interview/viva-voce shall be fixed by the Commission at their discretion or as per provisions laid down in the Recruitment Rules.


  1. Penalty for Wrong Answers – There will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question papers in both the Preliminary and Main Examinations. For each wrong answer given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  2. The different units in the syllabus may figure in all the segments, as such, no marks allotment will be shown in the curriculum for Preliminary Examination, General Studies Paper-I (MCQ) and General Studies Paper-II (Descriptive Type Questions).


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