UPSC Changed the Scheme of Civil Services MAIN Examination 2013

UPSC changed Syllabus and Scheme of MAIN (Written+Interview) Exam and introduced four general studies paper and omitted optional.

Created On: Mar 29, 2013 14:41 ISTModified On: Apr 19, 2013 12:45 IST

Union Public Service Commission in its latest notification released on 6 March 2013 changed the Scheme of Civil Services {MAIN (Written+Interview/Personality Test)} Examination, 2013. The commission had also made some changes in the choice of language medium in the Civil Services (Main) Examination.

For the first time in the history of Civil Services the candidates planning to apply for the Civil Services Examination or Indian Forest Service Examination or both will have to fill in this common Application Form.

Comparison of changes implemented in the syllabus of the examination



Essay – 200 Marks

Essay – 200 Marks


English – 100 marks

General Studies Paper I and II

General Studies Paper I, II, III and IV

Marks carried by General Studies was  2*300=600

Marks carried by General Studies was  4*250=1000

Optional A Paper I - 300 Marks, Paper II - 300 Marks

Optional A Paper I - 250 Marks, Paper II - 250 Marks

Optional B Paper I - 300 Marks, Paper II - 300 Marks

Optional B (No more in existence)

Interview/Personality Test - 300

Interview/Personality Test – 275 marks

New topics added to the syllabus include
• In Paper I Section 2 - English Précis of Matriculation or 10th standard level had been added
• In Paper II General Studies – I part the History and Geography of the World and Society had been added
• In Paper IV General Studies – III Disaster Management had been added along with Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment and Security
• In Paper-V General Studies –IV Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude has been added

The weightage of marks of the interview have been kept at the same standard of 13 percent, i.e.
• Previously the Interview Carried: 300/2300*100=13 percent approx
• At Present 275/2075*100=13 percent approx

Similarly the weightage of the Optional Paper had been reduced from 52 percent to 24 percent, i.e.
• Previously it was 1200/2300*100=52%approx
• And now it is 500/2075*100=24%approx

In case of the General Studies Paper the Weightage of Marks have gone up to 48 percent from 26 percent, i.e.
• Previously it was 600/2300*100=26%;
• And now it is 1000/2075*100=48%

The UPSC released the corrigendum, subsequent notification of Civil Services Notification 2013. The plan of main examination for the Civil Services Examination has been changed.

The changes in the main examination are as follows

    English Comprehension and English Précis from Paper 1 have been removed.
    The Paper 1 of Essay has been regulated down from three hundred marks to a two hundred and fifty marks.
    There will be two qualifying papers each of three hundred marks, compulsory for all the candidates

    a) One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution.

    b) English

    4. The bar on Literature as an option in the main examination has now been removed.


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