Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Examination Calendar for 2015. Date of notification for Civil Service Prelims or IAS Prelims 2015, as it is commonly called, is 16 May 2015. IAS Prelims Examination will be conducted on 23 August 2015. IAS Prelims Examination is the most sought after examination in India. The competition for the selection is very high and to qualify it requires smart and hard work. Click here for the Civil Services 2014 Notification.
IAS Preliminary Examination consists of two papers i.e. General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II (CSAT). Each paper carry 200 marks.IAS Prelims General Studies Paper I contains 100 questions of 2 marks each and IAS Prelims General Studies Paper II CSAT contains 80 questions of 2.5 marks each. The time limit for each of the papers is 2 hours.
The General Studies Question Paper I is one of the toughest paper in India and UPSC always try to surprise the candidates. Moreover it has a vast Syllabus which covers everything under the Sun including Sun. Hence it is very difficult to be cover the whole syllabus of General Studies Paper I.
But increase of General Studies Question Papers in the IAS Main Examination also underscores the need for thorough study of General Studies. Thus, General Studies has emerged as the most focus area of the study. The candidates can see the previous year questions papers to anticipate the focus area of their Study.
With the introduction of General Studies Paper II-Civil Service Aptitude Test -CSAT in 2011, the CSAT Paper Become the favourite area of the candidates having Science and Engineering background. The candidates found scoring in the CSAT paper is comparitively easier to the General Studies Paper I.
Moreover the recent agitation on the English questions asked in the CSAT Question Papers has also taken a new turn when Union Government of India and UPSC notified that the English Questions will not be counted in the merit. So as of now the future of English Questions is uncertain and the future decision by the Union Government will decide its course.
Furthermore, UPSC does not make high sectional cut off for both papers. Candidate must bear these facts in mind while preparing for civil service. The cutoff for the General category students was 241 in the year 2013. So the competition is bound to be tough.