Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold IAS (Civil Services) Prelims 2013 on 26 May 2013 for recruitment to 25 services in the country. It is to be noted that there are no changes in the syllabus of Preliminary Examination but Main exam pattern has undergone many changes. The exam will be conducted in two phases which includes two successive stages: Prelims and Main (Written + Interview). This is the first time that UPSC is conducting a common prelims for IAS (Civil Services) and IFS (Indian Forest Service Exam).
The preliminary competitive examination will consist of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each which are multiple choice objective type questions (MCQ). Both the papers will be of 2 hours duration each along with negative marking in which 0.33 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
The Preliminary Examination is only a screening test for selecting candidates who would be eligible to take the Main Examination and the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination shall not be counted towards the merit of the candidates.
The candidates will be selected on the basis of their knowledge, understanding, and skill in the prelims. Candidates qualifying the Prelims shall be allowed to take Mains wherein their concepts are judged. This is further followed by an interview of candidates qualifying in Mains wherein they are gauged on their Personality traits.
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Syllabus of the IAS Preliminary Examination 2013
The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.
Paper I - (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
Current events of national and international importance.
History of India and Indian National Movement.
Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights
Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics,
Social Sector initiatives, etc.
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision-making and problem-solving
General mental ability
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
Note 1: Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of PaperII) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
Note 2: The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.