Examination Pattern for the Civil Services Examination, 2013 as per the Changes made by the UPSC

Union Public Service Commission has issued notification inviting applications from interested candidates for appearing in the Civil Services Examination, 2013. For more information, read ahead.

Created On: Mar 19, 2013 16:00 IST
Modified On: Mar 20, 2013 12:37 IST

Union Public Service Commission has issued notification inviting applications from interested candidates for appearing in the Civil Services Examination, 2013.  Interested candidates are required to send their applications till 4 April 2013 for the Examination.

The Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination 2013 will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on 26 May 2013 in accordance with the Rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 5 March 2013.

The Commission has also elucidated certain changes in the rules of civil services (main) examination. The Examination pattern as per the changed scheme is as follows:

Examination Plan: The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:
(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type): for selection of candidates for Main Examination;
(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview): for selection of candidates for various services & posts.

The Preliminary Examination will consist of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each. The papers will have Objective type Multiple choice questions and will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

Each paper will be of two hours duration. However, blind candidates will be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.

The Examination is meant to serve as a screening test for admission to the Main Examination. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination will not be considered while determining the final order of merit.

There will be a penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

Candidates must use black ball pen only for writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet [Answer Sheet].  Use of pens with any other colour ink or Pencil or Ink pen is strictly prohibited.

Candidates, who are declared to have qualified for admission to the Main Examination, by the Commission, will have to apply online again, in the Detailed Application Form which would be made available them. The Main Examination is likely to be held in November/ December, 2013.

The Main Examination will consist of Written Examination and Personal Interview.

Written Examination
Paper-I Section 1--  Essay 200 Marks of Matriculation / Xth standard level
Section 2  -- English Comprehension & English Précis 100 Marks
Paper-II General Studies–I 250 Marks Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society
Paper-III General Studies –II 250 Marks Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations
Paper-IV General Studies –III 250 Marks Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
Paper-V General Studies –IV 250 Marks Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks  
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks  
  Total (Written test) 1800 Marks  
  Personality Test / Personal Interview 275 Marks  
  Grand Total 2075 Marks  

The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total number of vacancies to be filled in the year. Only those candidates who qualify the Preliminary Examination for a year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year.

The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type and each paper will be of three hours duration. Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except Section 2 of the Paper-I (English comprehension and English précis) in English or Hindi. If the candidate has had his/ her graduation in any of the allowed language mediums using the particular language medium for qualifying the graduate level examination, then he/she may opt for that particular language medium to answer all the question papers, except Section 2 of the Paper-I (English comprehension and English précis).

Allowed languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu

Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks, as fixed by the Commission, in the written part of the Main Examination will be summoned for Interview (Personality Test).  The number of candidates to be summoned for Interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled.

Total marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (Marks obtained by the candidates in all papers of the written examination as well as interview) will be counted for determining the final merit ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.

Candidates may choose any optional subject from the subjects available. However, a candidate can opt for the literatures of a language as an optional subject, only if the candidate has graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject.

Scripts to be used by the candidates for different Language medium/ literature of languages:

Sl. No Language Script Sl. No Language Script
1 Assamese Assamese 12 Oriya Oriya
2 Bengali Bengali 13 Punjabi Gurumukhi
3 Gujarati Gujarati 14 Sanskrit Devanagari
4 Hindi Devanagari 15 Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic
5 Kannada Kannada 16 Tamil Tamil
6 Kashmiri Persian 17 Telugu Telugu
7 Konkani Devanagari 18 Urdu Persian
8 Malayalam Malayalam 19 Bodo Devanagari
9 Manipuri Bengali 20 Dogri Devanagari
10 Marathi Devanagari 21 Maithilli Devanagari
11 Nepali Devanagari 22 Santhali Devanagari or Olchiki

For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

Optional subjects for Main Examination:

14 Management
2 Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
15 Mathematics
3 Anthropology
16 Mechanical Engineering
4  Botany 17 Medical Science
5 Chemistry 18 Philosophy
6 Civil Engineering
19 Physics
7 Commerce and Accountancy
20 Political Science and International Relations
8 Economics
21 Psychology
9 Electrical Engineering
22 Public Administration
10 Geography 23 Sociology
11 Geology
24 Statistics
12 History
13 Law

Group-2: Literature of any one of the following languages:
Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English.

NOTE: Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the allowed languages may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases; their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.

However, in the interest of maintaining the quality and standards of examination, a minimum number of 25 candidates should opt for a specific language medium for answering the question papers in that language medium. In case there are less than 25 candidates opting for any approved language medium (other than English or Hindi), then those candidates will be required to write their examination either in Hindi or in English only.

An extra time of twenty minutes per hour shall be permitted for the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment) in the Civil Services (Main) Examination only. However, no scribe shall be permitted to such candidates.

Blind candidates will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe. They will also be allowed an extra time at each paper @ ten minutes per hour.

The candidate shall be deemed to be a blind candidate if the percentage of visual impairment is 40% or more. The criteria for determining the percentage of visual impairment shall be as follows:

  All with corrections Percentage
  Better eye Worse eye  
Category 0 6/9-6/18 6/24 to 6/36     
Category I
6/60 to nil
Category II
6/60-4/60 or field of vision 10-20º
3/60 to nil
Category III
3/60-1/60 or field of vision 10º
F.C. at 1 ft to nil
Category IV
FC. at 1 ft to nil field of vision 100º
F.C. at 1 ft to nil field of vision 100º
One eyed person
F.C. at 1 ft to nil 30%

The concession admissible to blind candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.

If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks
otherwise accruing to him.

Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.

Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers, and SI units will be used, wherever required.

Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates.

Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets).

Interview: The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. It is an assessment of not only the candidates’ intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs.

Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

The technique of the interview is that of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

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