New Pattern in UPSC Civil Service Examination 2011
- The Union Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Ministry has announced changes in the pattern of the Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2011. A statement issued on October 18, 2010 said the examination will consist of two papers. The new syllabus will have two common papers of 200 marks each, unlike the current system that gives more weightage to subject paper (300 marks) than the common general awareness paper (150 marks).
- Paper I, 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.
- Paper II will consist of English language comprehension skills of the Class X level, interpersonal skills, including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision making and problem solving as well as general mental ability. Candidates will be tested on basic numeric skills of the Class X level such as numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude and data interpretation.
- Most government panels had advocated for laying greater emphasis on “aptitude” of candidates than their subject knowledge, arguing that specialists or experts of any particular subject may not necessarily be good civil servants.