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  Strategy & Planning for Exam  
 

PLAN OF UPSC's CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION

The examination is held in 3 stages as detailed below:

  1. The civil services Aptitude test (C.S.A.T.) (Preliminary) Examination w.e.f. june2011

  2. This is one of the toughest examination held in India . lakhs of candidates appear for this examination which is meant to serve as a screening test. The UPSC has recently introduced a change in its pattern. The CSAT Examination to be held will concist of two compulsory papers carrying objective multiple choice questions. One of them will be the General Studies paper which will include General Science , Current Events of National and international importance , History of India and national Movement , India and world Geography , Indian polity and Economy and General Mental Ability . The paper will be of two hours duration carrying 200 marks.

    The second paper will include : Comprehension , Interpersonal skills including communication skilla , Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability, Decision Making and Problem solving , General Mental Ability , Basic Numeracy, Data Interpretation and English Language Comprehesion  Skills . This paper will also be of two hours duration carrying 200 marks.

  3. The Main Written Examination

The Main Examination can be taken up by only those who pass the CSAT (Prdiminary). The objective here is to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of the candidates. This Main written examination consists of 9 papers and is on the following pattern.

PAPER

SUBJECT

DURATION

MARKS

A
(Qualifying)

One Indian language from those included in the Eighth Schedule* of the Constitution

3 hrs

300

B
(Qualifying)

English

3 hrs

300

I

Essay

3 hrs

250

II

G.S.-I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History and Geography of the world & Society)

3 hrs

250

III

G.S.-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations

3 hrs

250

IV

G.S.-III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, environment, security and disaster management)

3 hrs

250

V

G.S.-IV (ethics integrity and aptitude)

3 hrs

250

VI

Optional Subject Paper - I (One Indian language from those included in the Eighth Schedule* of the Constitution)

3 hrs

250

VII

Optional Subject Paper - II ( Optional ** Subjects)

3 hrs

250

Total Marks

1750


*Languages are: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Santhali.

**Optional Subjects for the Main Examination: Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce & Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science & International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology, Literature of one of the following languages: Arabic, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.

Personality Test (275 Marks)

A panel of high level government officials and academicians interviews the candidates. The panel examines the personality traits and Suitability of the candidates for civil services

 
 
 
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