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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Paradigm change in Civil Service Exam[Mains] is on anvil...Attention all CSE aspirants

Hello is the news which was most awaited for a long time.I am reproducing here what has been reported in a national daily....
The format of the Civil Services Examination, arguably the most competitive test in the country that selects IAS, IPS and allied officers, is set for a makeover.
Each year, around 4 lakh aspirants apply for the exam for about 1,050 available posts. Government is set to reduce the weightage given to optional subjects by half - from 1200 out of 2300 marks to 600. At the same time, weightage for general studies will be increased to 1200 marks from the current 600.
PM Manmohan Singh is expected to clear the revamped version this week, enabling the Union Public Service Commission to notify the examination that has already been delayed by three weeks.
The extreme variations in scores between optional subjects have been a subject for debate for a long time.
For instance, there are optional subjects such as public administration and political science in which candidates expect to score much higher than ones who take, say civil engineering or mathematics. As a result, candidates end up opting for subjects on the basis of perceptions of scores rather than what they graduated in. The UPSC hopes to reduce this distortion.
The reduced weightage of optionals will be given to General Studies - which is common for all candidates - to provide a level playing field for them. The government had in 2011 similarly revamped the preliminary examination when it had made general studies the focus of the qualifying examination rather than subject knowledge.
The UPSC has a three-tier selection process to select civil servants.The first is the preliminary exam, an objective-type exam which serves as a screening test.Those who clear this are entitled to appear for the subjective-type main examination.About one-fifth of those who take the main examination get called for a personality test.....Keep on blogging
Source:-  Hindustan Times,Delhi edition


Anonymous said...


I read your post I'm preparing for CSE, I suffer from a metabolic condition which though doesn't disqualifies me from appearing CSE, but makes my diet quite restrictive in order to manage the ailment.

I saw in your post that in LBSNAA, they don't allow accomodation for members of family, residence within the academy is compulsory, membership of mess is compulsory and we aren't allowed to cook in hostel room. How can I accommodate myself to the situation?


Sachin said...

Hello Sir,
The prelims of CS 2013 is over and its time to gear up for the Mains. Being confident about prelims result and a lot apprehensive about mains, following things are bothering me. I would be really thankful if you could guide me on these:
1. How to go for writing practice especially for the optional (I have selected sociology and I am from engineering background)? Should I go for a test series, if yes, then which one? (I am right now posted as Bank PO in Gujarat)
2. How to approach for GS paper-IV (Ethics, integrity and aptitude)?
3. What is the usual cut off for qualifying papers of English and one Indian language?