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Aptitude over memory in the new Civil Services qualifying exams!

The UPSC will now test aspirants on their aptitude and general knowledge rather than their capacity to just commit volumes to memory. This new system hopes to attract an intelligent and aware calibre of future officers.



The exam for India premier services the IAS, IFS, IPS which has been the same since 1979 – which come under the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has come out with a new syllabus for the 2011 preliminary examination, which, besides aptitude and other skills, will also test candidates on their knowledge of "environmental ecology, biodiversity and climate change". 

The government on Monday, decided that the aspirants would be gauged and tested on their aptitude, rather than their memory and this will be seen in the Civil Services Aptitude Test –CSAT and the General Studies paper 

Almost give lakh Indians apply for the Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) every year. Which is why, the new format has been made public early by the Union Public Service Commission. "The government has also accepted UPSC's proposal to put out sample papers of the new format," a Department of Personnel and Training official said.

Here, the  preliminary exam will have a slightly changed General Studies paper and with the implemtation of the CSAT, it will do away with the Optional Paper that was selected by candidates from a list of two dozen-odd subjects .
In addition, the aspirants will also be tested on their English language comprehension skills. So far, the English language test has been a part of qualifying papers without having any weight on the civil services (Main) examination. But its introduction in the preliminary level could mean a brighter chance people with English language skills putting them in good stead to qualify for the Mains. 

These two papers will be the screening required to shortlist candidates for the Mains exam and interview. Government officials insist the new aptitude test won't have the urban bias that the common admission test for top management schools are sometimes accused to favouring. Instead this would test candidates on their knowledge on even subjects like environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change.

The first paper, will test  aspirants on current events of national and international importance, Indian history, Indian and world geography, Indian polity and governance, economic and social development and general science, besides environmental ecology, biodiversity and climate change that do not require subject specialization. 

The second paper comprises general comprehension; inter-personal skills, including communication skills; logical reasoning and analytical ability; decision making and problem solving; general mental ability; basic numbers and their relations (secondary level) and data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables and data sufficiency). The English language comprehension skills will also be of secondary level. 

The new syllabus will have two common papers with equal marks - 200 marks each, unlike the current system which gives more weight to subject paper of 300 marks than the common general awareness paper of 150 marks. 

The proposal to change the system had been pending for long as most of the government panels had advocated greater emphasis on "aptitude" of candidates than knowledge of their subjects. Here they believed that the specialists or experts of any particular subject may not necessarily be good civil servants unless they have actual inclination towards it. 

"The new syllabus will provide a level-playing field and equity, since all candidates will have to attempt common papers unlike the current format which provides for only one common paper," an official said. 



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39 comments

arun mathew Nov 02nd, 2010 11:28 PM

Sir,this paper even though it gives equal platform..for all..the 2nd paper....gives more edge to Btech,MBA students.....and next year ownwards we can witness many IIT,IIM students in the top ranks of civil service...The 2nd paper has almost similar nature to CAT format!!! 

shruthi venugopal Oct 25th, 2010 08:26 AM

The new change is admirable.
Can any1 let me knw the syllabus and pattern of exam for mains 2011?
Whether optional will be there or only apti even in mains???
 

somaja Oct 23rd, 2010 07:12 PM

optionals are discarded. good.  but wht about mains?....

saurabh Oct 20th, 2010 05:09 PM

Engineers will be big zeros in the system.Their GK and normal aptitude is not good.they make bad administrators,barring exceptions.

Subhash Oct 20th, 2010 03:14 PM

i am attending the civil services exams first time. so i dont hav any proble to prepare the new syllabus, but what about the persons who will attempting from the previous years.. i think they confuse the subject... any have the new syllabus is favorable.. thanx to UPSC. 

Tushar H. Devmurari Oct 20th, 2010 01:59 PM

The change in civil service preliminary examination is invitable as it welcomes all the students from every field to try their luck.

Swaminath Arya Oct 20th, 2010 08:52 AM

A change to elcome by all Aspirants of Civils.UPSC needs to change mains pattern too, to give everyone equal opportunity...

Rahul D.B. Oct 19th, 2010 11:14 PM

changes are good.
  what about mains.............???

jackson Oct 19th, 2010 08:35 PM

what abt the students frm hindi medium ? does this new pattern favors urban students?

kaka Oct 19th, 2010 08:16 PM

the rural students will be demoralised.whats about the main examination?does the pattern remain same?what books should we follow now?  

abhishek tiwari Oct 19th, 2010 07:51 PM

I M REALY SOCKED ABT THIS TYPE OF CHANGE,WHY GOVERNMENT EMPHASIS ONLY ON ENGLISH, I JST WANT TO ASK THAT GOVERNMENT HAVE TO DECIDE THEY NEED A CIVILIAN OR A MANAGMENT STUDENT ..
 

guru Oct 19th, 2010 07:42 PM

this is a good news for the students of paramedical fields as there were no optional subjects from graduation level like pharmacy.

naag Oct 19th, 2010 07:26 PM

its comfrtable 4 all.......sply rural

Bibek Kumar Anand Oct 19th, 2010 07:22 PM

I truly welcome the changes introduced in the Civil service Preliminary Test Pattern .
 
However following points must be introduced , if we truly want a level playing field for all the candidates .
 
1. Upper age limit must be hiked by 3 years along with 3 more attempts irrespective of the earlier attempts made . However , from 2014 present age limit can be reverted to .
 
2. Preliminary Test in 2011 should be held on the first Sunday of August so as to give some time to the candidates in getting adjusted with the new pattern . Main examination may be held in the month of December - January . However from 2012 the usual pattern of holding PT in the month of May-June and holding Main examination in the month of October / November can be reverted to .
 
3. Paper II must be set keeping in the view of the rural students .
 
4. No negative marking .
 
5. Selection of at least 20 % of the candidates appearing in PT for the Main Examination .
 
6. Introduction of some psychometric as well as real time test for social sensitivity and character is urgently required . My recent interaction with some of the probationers has really made me feel the dire need of this aspect . Ongoing SAMPADA Initiative may be of a great help in assessing the psyche of the candidates . We really need SAMPADA oriented civil servants . At present SAMPATTIST tendencies are ruling the roost .
 
7. Scope of Lateral Entry of extremely innovative and upright persons in civil services should also be explored . At least one third of the positions must be filled through this route .
 
Governance is next to God .
 
So we do need a benevolent and efficient Governance !
 
Regards !
 
Bibek Kumar Anand
Convener "SAMPADA"
Tilkamanjhi
Jawaripur
Bhagalpur
Bihar
India
812201
 
www.sampadaway.com
 
 

savitha Oct 19th, 2010 07:13 PM

what are all included in the  general aptitude paper?

J R MAUYA Oct 19th, 2010 07:10 PM

Inclusion of CSAT is really admirable steps taken by the UPSC.But there is still bias which is looking in the MAINS.There must be a common papers in  the mains too,to have an equal opportunity to all. 

manu Oct 19th, 2010 07:05 PM

Its a very positive approach by upsc as it will bring all candidates on equal platform :-):-):- i really appreciate it

pawan kumar Oct 19th, 2010 07:04 PM

this is very good for all types of faculty student because it is common to all.

abhinav Oct 19th, 2010 06:43 PM

actually i dnt have prob with new syllabus.bt my voice is for those aspirants who preparing for last 2-3 years n suddenly got d news.and most aspirant who r belonging 4m poor vbackground have no resourses to go further to stsrt with new syllabus.its not reachable within him,like cat mat .

abhinav Oct 19th, 2010 06:43 PM

actually i dnt have prob with new syllabus.bt my voice is for those aspirants who preparing for last 2-3 years n suddenly got d news.and most aspirant who r belonging 4m poor vbackground have no resourses to go further to stsrt with new syllabus.its not reachable within him,like cat mat .

Rajiv Mehta Oct 19th, 2010 06:36 PM

This move will provide an edge to people frm iit,iim.. they already hav an edge.. this is a huge discouragement to people frm rural n non english backgrnd.. dis wil benefit those frm maths n engineering bakgrnd n sideline d humanities students.. the engineers n mbas already hv so many avenues, y is the upsc also favouring them? this exam is meant to induct peple in the all india services wich r there to serve the people and the nation n everyone has an equal rite to do so no matter if he is frm rural area,is an engineer or a humanities student.. by doin dis d upsc has proved dat it has an elitist mentality..is the upsc implying dat people frm rural or non english or humanities background rnt gud enuf to bcum civil servants? if that is d case then upsc shud directly induct d mbas n engineers n do away wid the formality of conducting the exam.. dis decision has shattered dreams of 70% of r population wich lives in d villages..it is no longer an all india service, rather engineers mba urban service..highly discriminatory n dissapointing..

Azhagiri M Oct 19th, 2010 06:30 PM

I dont think this is going to be correct.. Only the engineering and IIT students will get placement. What will happen to rural students?

A.KARUPPUSAMY Oct 19th, 2010 06:06 PM

Iam welcoming the new civil service aptitude test but there is some defect in the papaer 2 it is very difficut for the student coming form the reural back ground with non english medium. surely this exams helps only to the student who are having the englsih medium and mathematcs student, and benefit to the urban people.

niraj Oct 19th, 2010 06:02 PM

change is the law of nature,this is the new discovery of upsc for talented, because last system give some advancement for old preparing candidate.thanks

balagangadhar Oct 19th, 2010 05:10 PM

it is right begining

balagangadhar Oct 19th, 2010 05:10 PM

it is right begining

Venkat Oct 19th, 2010 04:21 PM

though it sounds good to change the prilims pattern, what about the mains???.
still few subjects have the advantage over the other
civils aspirants will be thankful if UPSC conduct the main exams also in common pattern. if they continue with the same pattern it will be like denying the fundamental right "providing equal opportunities"..most importantly UPSC says ' we don"t need subject experts' but indirectly they are encouraging the same.hence  i request UPSC to look into this matter and do justice for the aspirants........
                                 

Rahul singh Oct 19th, 2010 04:13 PM

This step towards improving cse must be appreciated. I want the same pattern to be followed in the mains also as too many engg. & med. subjects are there in optional. They must not get the edge. It should be even for all the aspirants.

vishal wasnik Oct 19th, 2010 03:54 PM

its all abt knowledge,.

Mahak Oct 19th, 2010 03:54 PM

I cordially welcome the change. Thats justice. Now all are on the same level. And no one can reach the top by just cramming.

Ram Chander Verma Oct 19th, 2010 03:43 PM

This change is not good for the student with rural background because of their poor english but still they overcome this problem with hard work

K.RAVI KUMAR Oct 19th, 2010 03:37 PM

good decision but  paper 2 will benifit only high donation english medium school students 

Nitin Oct 19th, 2010 03:37 PM

The changes are good for the urban people but it will discourage the rural persons. 

sudha Oct 19th, 2010 02:52 PM

civil service aptitude question and answer

rajeev R hosahalli Oct 19th, 2010 02:29 PM

good day to you
  actully what upsc has made the changes is very nice and india is almost villege aquired countrty so this change would help those candidates 
 
  thank you very much upsc and its team

naveen Oct 19th, 2010 02:24 PM

This is gd thought upsc.

diksha Oct 19th, 2010 01:36 PM

hi, sir i hv to apply for UPSC pre exam 2011. Its good tht there is change in syllabus, most of students wont able to clear the exam due to optional subjects deep study, whatever it is usefull for all younger crowd of India. Sir can u send me whole syllabus of pre exam?????

charu muzumdar Ph.D Anthropology Oct 19th, 2010 01:10 PM

Iam welcoming the new civil service aptitude test but there is some defect in the papaer 2 it is very difficut for the student coming form the reural back ground with non english medium. surely this exams helps only to the student who are having the englsih medium and mathematcs student, and benefit to the urban people.

Ravinder verma Oct 19th, 2010 01:00 PM

by this people preparing for mba exam got benefitted rather then rural student
 

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