Speculating a change in the civil service exam pattern many have stopped preparation | Candidates should continue their preparation following the old pattern

October 1st, 2010| Education.

Speculating a change in the civil service exam pattern many have stopped preparation | Candidates should continue their preparation following the old pattern

There are speculations about the changes in civil preliminary exam pattern.  There is confusion among candidates because of this.  Here are some important points that are to be noticed.

  • Alagh committee is the first committee that recommended Civil Services Aptitude Test.  This committee has recommended continuing the optional paper in the same way, and replacing General studies paper with Aptitude Test.  This test consist questions on 1. Basic Awareness 2. Problem Solving and Analytical Abilities, Data Analysis Abilities.
  • Hota committee which was established later has also recommended having an exam that tests the aptitude of the candidates and leadership qualities.
  • The second administrative reforms commission (Veerappa Moily) has not mentioned anything about the Aptitude test.  But is has recommended that the exam should consist of compulsory papers and a committee should be set up to formulated the exam procedure.
  • UPSC Chairman has announced in 2009 that UPSC has recommended introducing Civil Services Aptitude Test.
  • Khansa committee was set up to decide on the syllabus.
  • Candidates expected a change in the exam procedure in 2010 itself and stopped preparation.  In addition to that the 2010 notification was released late.
  • Old method of exam procedure was followed in the 2010 notification.
  • Answering a question in written form, the concerned minister has said that the government has approved the Aptitude test and it will be implemented from 2011.
  • There was a 15 days delay in the release of preliminary results.  Students expected that the new syllabus will also be announced.  But it is not announced.
  • On 26th August the Minister announced once again that the syllabus is being finalized and it will be notified soon.

From this we can understand that the Government is not clear about the syllabus and proposed changes.  The Government is only in the opinion that the syllabus should be changed. The contents of Khanna committee report are unknown.  It may not be possible for the government to implement the new syllabus if it is not announced in 15- 30 days.  It is understood that the committee is with the opinion that testing ethical and moral aptitude of the candidate in objective method is not possible.  If this is true, the advantages of changing the syllabus will become uncertain.  If the new syllabus is against the benefits of the rural students, the Government may reconsider the change.

So it is better to continue the preparation following the old pattern.  If ever there is a change, it will be in mains only so the preparation is not wasted.  Students who speculated a change are regretting because they have wasted their valuable time.  This reflected in the results of the preliminaries and a valuable year has been lost.

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