Sunday, April 8, 2012

Change of pattern in mains

The Union Public Service
Commission has introduced changes in the pattern of Civil Services (preliminary)
examination which is conducted to select candidates for prestigious central
services such as IFS, IAS, IRS, IPS and others. Now it is looking forward to
bring some changes in the pattern of 'main' examination as well with effect from
2013.A panel has been constituted by UPSC to suggest possible changes in
the pattern of Civil Service (main) Examination. Its report is expected to come
out early next year.There are three stages in UPSC exam- 'preliminary',
'main' and personality test (interview). UPSC chairman D P Agrawal said that the
commission has now constituted a high power panel to look into the
matter.He made it clear that commission will ensure that candidates from
multiple languages, communities and culture are judged on the basis of in-depth
understanding and knowledge.'Preliminary' exam pattern was changed this
year by incorporating elements of aptitude test and minor change was brought in
'main' exam in 1933. An 'essay' paper carrying 200 marks was introduced for
judging aspirants' knowledge of chosen topic and presentation
skills.This change by the UPSC, however did not satisfied the desired
purpose of bringing candidates opting high scoring science subjects at the same
level with those opting humanities and languages as optional papers in the main
exam.An official said that getting good marks in
science/medicines/engineering papers is easier than getting high scores in
language papers. Therefore the existing system judges the candidates
unfairly.Moreover, the existing system is inclined towards short-listing
those aspirants who are good at their 'subjects' rather than having general
knowledge. This pattern does not test candidates' administrative and managerial
skills.The ARC has recommended in 2008 that UPSC should only keep two
compulsory papers (general studies) and an essay paper for 'main' examination
and there should not be any optional subject.

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