Monday, January 24, 2011

The civil servants of India are selected by a rigorous examination process known as the UPSC Civil Services examination, consisting of mainly two phases, the preliminary examination phase, and the mains examination phase. The Union Public Service Commission conducting the civil service examination is inspired by the pattern corporate recruiters use to select the candidates. Since a high aptitude is necessary to fare well in the job scenario, and also in order to identify the capability within the prospective employees, so there is a new innovation in the Civil Service Examinations. CSAT or the Civil Service Aptitude Test will actually help in the process of choosing employees with an excellent Aptitude and the elimination of the scaling system will help a lot, to bring out proper evaluation.

The Civil Services Examination initially comprised of an objective type prelims paper with questions from the subject the candidate chose, and after clearing the prelims, the candidate was supposed to sit for the mains examination, but at the present moment, the UPSC has decided to do away with the prelims, and include aptitude test instead of that, the format and the syllabus of the mains papers will not change though and will remain as it is.

Pattern of the Exam:

The CSAT will be in the lines of the Common Aptitude Test or the CAT conducted by the IIMs in India, and also some of the Global Aptitude Tests like GMAT, questions are supposed to be divided into three sections, General Mathematics, Logic and Reasoning, and English Language Skills, however the General Studies portion of the Prelims may be included as it is in the aptitude test.

Eligibility Criterion:

Candidates aspiring to appear in the entrance exam have to hold an Under-Graduate based degree from any of the recognized University or Institute or its equivalent qualification. Aspiring candidates should also be in between the age limit of 21 and 30 as on 01st of August, 2011.However relaxation in both the age limit as well as minimum marks required are offered for reservation candidates.

Important Dates (Tentative):

• Last date for submission of application form: April, 2011
• Date of CSAT Exam: May, 2011

Availability of Application Forms:

Candidates can avail the application form from the different designated Post Office located all over the nation. Candidates have to fill in the application form as per the notification offered in different local newspapers. Apart from this, candidates can also obtain the application form through post.

Note: The Central Government has not officially announced any dates for the CSAT, which is a very new exam conducted in the nation for the first time in 2011.

Other Important Information:

The new curriculum will be applicable from the session 2011. Since the recommendations by the study panel headed by UPSC Chairman Professor D.P. Agarwal, will be out only by April end so we can just speculate at the present moment how the examination format is likely to be, however, the exact format will be known only after UPSC notification in May.

This move is taken in various ways by different political group and leaders some call it a positive approach and also are very satisfied with the change, while some see this as a compromise in the quality of the candidates selected, since a thorough knowledge about their subject is equally necessary to perform their work properly. However, the recommendation has been approved by the Manmohan Singh Government; a large scale discussion resulted in the Parliament, resulting in a proper decision to be taken only after doing a thorough study, so a study panel was formed headed by Professor D.P. Agarwal, the chairman of the UPSC.


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  1. I'm appearing for IAS Exam and confused that which subject to choose for mains but then I enrolled in and I was looking for such informative post from your side also . Thanks for the post. It clear my doubt regarding ias exam.