Civil services test – New amendments to be implements in civil services test

Civil services test – New amendments to be implements in civil services test

With the turning of new century, there has been demand for high standards in administration. For this, new implementations in governments’ financial and planning sectors are to be made. Recognizing this importance government has appointed Y. K. Alagh committee in 2001.

This committee has suggested that syllabus should be in accordance with the job needs for civil services aspirants. Based on that, they have made some suggestions also.

Optional subject should continue in preliminary stage.

General studies paper should be changed into Civil Services Aptitude test. It should contain questions on basic knowledge, problem solving, analysis and data interpretation.

Optional should not be present in main test.

Four compulsory papers should be present in mains. They are sustainable development and social justice, science and technology in society, democratic governance, public systems and human rights.

Second governance improvisation committee has confirmed the necessity to give importance for subjects suitable for civil servants.

This committee reported has suggested the following:

Compulsory papers should be present in mains. They are Indian Constitution, Indian Justice System, Indian Financial system, Indian Political system and others.

Entrance into civil services should be present from both the stems of 1) after intermediate or 12th and 2) after degree.

First stream :

Candidates who completed their intermediate or 12th are selected through competition test.  Then all the candidates will appear for civil services test. Candidates who perform well are selected. Other candidates will be awarded graduate or PG degree under public policy.

Second stream:

Candidates who complete degree are admitted into bridge course in selected universities under public policies. After getting trained in that course, they can appear for civil services test. Candidates can enter civil services based on their performance in that test.

UPSC is trying to implement new amendments in civil services exam according to the suggestions made by Alagh committee and other committees. First step for it is introduction of civil services aptitude test in preliminary from 2011 onwards.

Any one of the two options can be present as the new amendment.

First procedure:

According to Alagh committee, two objective type papers can be present in the preliminary test. Optional Subject carries 300 marks while the aptitude test carries 200 marks.

Second procedure:

According to P.S. Bhatnagar, the following two objective type papers can be present in the prelims. Civil services aptitude test carries 300 marks while the general studies carry 300 marks.

UPSC is supposed to select any one of the above procedures and releases notification in the month of May – June. Regardless of the procedure chosen, civil services aptitude test will be present in it.
Changes in Mains

There is a chance to make new amendments in the civils main test basing on Alagh committee and other committees. UPSC can propose to introduce a compulsory paper from humanities in mains, according to French model. But these changes cannot be implemented in the near future.

Changes in the exam pattern will be a matter of worry for the candidates who are preparing from a long time. It would be easier to adapt to the new system if the candidates are psychologically ready to accept the changes. The following tips are to be followed by the candidates aiming for civils.

  • First of all, these changes in the civils exam are in proposal stage only. UPSC is expected to announce the implementation of the new change formally. If the changes were to be in effect from 2011, UPSC will declare it before June of this year. If UPSC doesn’t release notification, the present system will be continued.
  • After attaining basic knowledge, civil aspirants need to get deeper in to the topic and have to understand the law behind each provision. Till now the candidates continued to ask ‘what’, now they have to ask ‘why’?
  • Candidates should transform from descriptive type of study to explanatory type.
  • Every civil aspirant should develop interest in government functioning and social problems.

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  1. Iam pursuing my engineering in computers.and i have a query for u sir, is computers is n0t a part of optionals and are the engineering 4th year students are allowed to apply for prelims xaminati0n in jan-feb 2011 pleaz d0 answr my query and i am glad that u find s0me time to answer my query.

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