New pattern for IAS/IPS – 2011 civil services prelims Syllabus

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Introducing a system of level-playing field for aspirants of Indias elite services IAS,IFS,IPS and others the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has come out with a new syllabus for the 2011 preliminary examination,which among other skills and aptitude of the candidates will also test their knowledge on environmental ecology,bio-diversity and climate change.
The aspirants will also be tested for English language comprehension skills.As of now,the English language test is part of qualifying papers without having any weightage in the civil services (Main) examination.But its introduction in the preliminary level could mean a brighter chance for all those to qualify for the main,whose English language skills are better.
The syllabus will have two common papers with equal weightage (200 marks each),unlike the current system which gives more weightage to subject paper (300 marks) than the common general awareness paper (150 marks).It will replace present system,in force since 1979.
Aspirants of UPSC civil services examination in 2011 will have a new syllabus to work on.The proposal to change the system had been pending for long as most of the government panels had advocated for laying greater emphasis on aptitude of candidates than their subject knowledge,arguing that the specialists or experts of any particular subject may not necessarily be good civil servants unless they have actual inclination towards it.
The new syllabus will provide a level-playing field and equity,since all candidates will have to attempt common papers unlike the current format which provides for only one common paper, an official said.
The first paper under the new syllabus will be more or less like the current general awareness paper with certain additions to it on issues like climate change and bio-diversity.The second paper being introduced by replacing the optional (subject) paper will have aptitude,data interpretation and English language comprehension skills,which is more or less on the lines of MBA entrance test in India.
The second paper comprises general comprehension;inter-personal skills,including communication skills;logical reasoning and analytical ability;decision making and problem solving;general mental ability;basic numbers and their relations (secondary level); and data interpretation (charts,graphs,tables and data sufficiency).The English language comprehension skills will also be of secondary level.
The first paper,on the other hand,will test civil services aspirants on current events of national and international importance,Indian history,Indian and world geography,Indian polity and governance,economic and social development and general science,besides environmental ecology,bio-diversity and climate change that do not require subject specialisation.
The new syllabus is only meant for preliminary examination,which shortlists candidates for the CS (Main) Examination,being conducted every year by the UPSC.
The syllabus for the CS (Main) Examination will also be changed in due course.As of now,the existing syllabus will be used for the Main examination in 2011 as well, a senior official of the ministry of personnel said.

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  1. we need time to prepare for the exam atleast two years….n due to such a age limit we cant prepare for it properly after graduation

  2. I agree…the age limit should be increased for the general category…21 to 25 years is the preparation time i guess , a person is ready to be aN officer only after that age…please consider it..thank you

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