Indian Civil Service is form the backbone of the Indian government machinery. Almost 50% Candidates left preliminary exam held on Sunday in two shifts, the first from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and second from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., at 53 centres across the Country conducted by Union Public Services Commission. As many as 29,969 candidates had registered themselves for the exam. However, 50% did not appear, an UPSC official said.
The first paper consisted of questions based on general knowledge and current affairs. A total of 100 questions carrying 200 marks were asked. The second paper carried 80 questions of 200 marks and judged the decision-making, and logical reasoning ability of the candidate.