Decision Making in the IAS Prelims Exam is a counter part of the decision making in the administrative processes. The decision making questions as asked in the IAS Prelims CSAT question paper since its inception is just a reflection of the reality scenario. The decision making is the result of comprehending various facts and figures and conclude in a logical and most effective manner for the pursuit of the completion of the administrative work.
The Decision making requires many inputs such as objective information and subjective information. Objective information is concrete in their orientation and is fixed in their values. But the Subjective information has the opinion based interpretations. It involves leadership initiatives, authoritative considerations, administrative considerations, the humanitarian grounds and various other aspects. Hence this is the reason that even Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is giving more than one correct answer of the questions asked in the question paper of the IAS Prelims General Studies Paper II.
How and why it is important
Decision making process is a part and parcel of daily and administrative life. It creates a simulation of real situations and oriented to know about the candidate's ability about how he or she handle the given situation and decide accordingly for the present as well as the future administrative work.
Around five questions had been asked generally in the IAS Prelims CSAT Question Paper. UPSC itself provides more than one answers in various cases. So we can say there can be a priority in the answers which can affect the selection process.The Decision making process also gives a clear picture of the thought process of the candidates and hence defined his or her suitability for the Administration which is a very important criteria for the selection in IAS. From IAS Prelims to IAS Interview all the examination process is oriented to know about the thought process of the candidate and his or her suitability for the Service. Hence it is very important.