Civils spring no sur­prises

Can­di­dates with 25-33% marks over­all have a good chance of qual­i­fy­ing the civil ser­vices main ex­am­i­na­tion 2012 WATCH OUT FOR

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

The civil ser­vices main ex­am­i­na­tion 2012 con­ducted by the Union Pub­lic Ser­vices Com­mis­sion (UPSC) did not come with too many sur­prises for the can­di­dates.

It con­sisted of the fol­low­ing: Pa­per I (300 marks), one of the In­dian lan­guages se­lected from those in­cluded in the Eighth Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion; pa­per II (300 marks), English; pa­per III (200 marks), Essay; pa­pers IV and V (300 marks each), gen­eral stud­ies; and pa­pers VI, VII, VIII and IX, which are op­tional sub­jects.

The main ex­am­i­na­tion aims to as­sess the over­all in­tel­lec­tual traits and a can­di­date’s abil­ity to un­der­stand the sub­jects in­stead of sim­ply test­ing their level of in­for­ma­tion and mem­ory. The syl­labus for the op­tional sub­ject pa­pers is broadly of the hon­ours de­gree level, which is slightly higher than a bach­e­lor’s de­gree level and lower than the masters level. In the case of engi­neer­ing and law, the level cor­re­sponds to the bach­e­lor’s de­gree. The pa­pers on In­dian lan­guages and English were of ma­tric­u­la­tion level or equiv­a­lent stan­dard and aimed at help­ing students achieve min­i­mum qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard. Marks ob­tained in these pa­pers will not be counted for rank­ing.

The marks in essay, gen­eral stud­ies and op­tional sub­jects will not be dis­closed to can­di­dates who fail to make the grade in the In­dian lan­guage and English sec­tions. Date of no­ti­fi­ca­tion: Fe­bru­ary 2, 2013 Last date for re­ceipt of ap­pli­ca­tions: March 4, 2013 Date of com­mence­ment of ex­am­i­na­tion: May 19, 2013 Du­ra­tion of ex­am­i­na­tion: One day Date of com­mence­ment of ex­am­i­na­tion: Novem­ber 8, 2013 Ex­am­i­na­tion spread over: 21 days

The essay

In the essay sec­tion, can­di­dates were re­quired to write an essay on a spe­cific topic. They were expected to stick to the sub­ject of the essay and put across their ideas in a con­cise and crisp man­ner. Credit will be given to can­di­dates with an ef­fec­tive and

cor­rect ex­pres­sion. “Ques­tion pa­pers for essay writ­ing, com­pul­sory lan­guage and English com­pul­sory had no sur­prises for the can­di­dates this time,” says Anuj Agar­wal, di­rec­tor, Ca­reer Plus Coach­ing.

Gen­eral stud­ies

The ques­tions in this sec­tion of the exam were fairly sim­ple and did not re­quire any spe­cialised study. They were meant to test a can­di­date’s gen­eral aware­ness of a va­ri­ety of sub­jects, which have rel­e­vance for a ca­reer in the civil ser­vices. The ques­tions are likely to test the can­di­date’s ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of all rel­e­vant is­sues, abil­ity to an­a­lyse and ex­plain, and take a view on con­flict­ing so­cioe­co­nomic goals, ob­jec­tives and de­mands. The can­di­dates were re­quired to give rel­e­vant, mean­ing­ful and con­cise an­swers.

“The UPSC has been in­tro­spect­ing its role as a model agency to se­lect the right can­di­dates who can meet the ob­jec­tives of the All In­dia Ser­vices (AIS) and Cen­tral Civil Ser­vices (CCS). Last year, main exam ques­tions were short-an­swer type and mostly cur­rent in na­ture with lit­tle scope for an­a­lyt­i­cal skill, syn­the­sis, cre­ativ­ity etc,” says Satya Sa­hani, fac­ulty mem­ber at Ca­reer Plus Coach­ing.

In the main exam 2012, the pat­tern of ques­tion pa­pers of gen­eral stud­ies was dif­fer­ent from that of 2011 and sim­i­lar to the pat­tern of 2010. “This pat­tern is suit­able for se­lect­ing can­di­dates for AIS and CCS who are re­spon­si­ble for pol­icy for­mu­la­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion which needs vast knowl­edge, an­a­lyt­i­cal skills and a great mis­sion and vi­sion,” says Sa­hani.

In the gen­eral stud­ies main ques­tion pa­per, the fo­cus ar­eas were law (con­sumer pro­tec­tion act, right to in­for­ma­tion, Pari­warik Mahila Lok Adalat, child labour, ad­min­is­tra­tion en­vi­ron­ment, and cul­ture etc. “Though the UPSC has not spec­i­fied a cut-off for qual­i­fy­ing the exam, can­di­dates with 2533% marks over­all have a good chance ,” adds Sa­hani.

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