Default Skills is a setting in the configuration file SETTINGS.CFG.
DEFAULT_SKILLS : (1 or 0) When set to 1, new characters will be created with the default 2 skills allocated. When set to 0, new characters will not have any skills allocated, allowing you to select from those available. At any given time, eight skills are visible from which to select.
The default skills will always be the first two skills listed when you have DEFAULT_SKILLS Off