The Union Civil Services Examination, the one which selects IAS, IPS and allied officers (Class A Posts)in the Country, is all set for a Format Change. yes, the Union Civil Services Examination (CSE) will soon see a format change. Only the the Approcal of the the Government is waited.
New format for Union Civil Services Examination (CSE):
Each year, around 4 lakh aspirants apply for the exam for about 1,050 available posts.
The different Scoring nature of each subject (called Optionals) makes it difficult for the UPSE to keep the CSE exam equal for all.
That’s why the Government is all set to reduce the weightage in the subjective-type main examination, 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.
Thus as per the New Format of the CSE, which the PM Manmohan Singh is expected to clear this week, will have 600 marks of optionals and 1200 marks of General Studies.
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.
Notably, 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.
Union Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a Three Stage Process:
First is the Screening Test called the Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)
Second is the subjective-type main examination
Third and Final is the Personal Interview
About one-fifth of those who take the main examination get called for a personality test.