Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has modified their exam scheme for the Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2014, also known as IAS Prelims Exam. The set of important instructions are sent to the appearing candidates along with their respective e-Admit cards. The decision was taken by the Government of India to amend the scheme of Civil Services Examination 2014 which is scheduled to be held on 24 August 2014.
Some of the important amendments made by the Commission:
- Both Paper-I and Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 to be conducted on 24.8.2014 will be of two hours duration each.
- The questions on English Language Comprehension skills (of Class X level) contained in each set of Test Booklets of Paper-II are not to be attempted as these questions shall not be evaluated for gradation or merit. The Candidates are, therefore, advised not to attempt questions on English Language Comprehension skills for which Hindi translation has not been given in the respective Test Booklets of Paper-II.
- The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014, shall thus comprise of two compulsory papers of which Paper-I will be of 200 marks and Paper II will be of 200 marks minus the maximum marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills.
- Final merit for qualifying the candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Written Examination will be drawn by using the aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I out of 200 marks and marks obtained in Paper-II out of 200 marks minus the maximum marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills (i.e. those questions in Paper-II for which Hindi translation has not been given)