The Union Public Services Commission has announced a series of changes in the rules of the civil services examination (preliminary) scheduled to be held on 18th June 2017.
The commission announced the changes via a press release available online. According to the press release, the duration of both Paper I and II of the exam will be two hours each.
The UPSC has also advised the candidates not to attempt the questions on English Language Comprehension skills (of Class X level) contained in each set of Test Booklets of Paper-II.
This is because due to a government issued order, the UPSC won’t be evaluating these questions for merit or gradation. Therefore, candidates do not have to answer the questions for which Hindi translation is not given.
The exam will comprise of two mandatory papers. Paper-I will be of 200 marks whereas Paper-II will be of 200 marks minus the mark allotted for English Language Comprehension skills.
“Final merit for qualifying the candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Written Examination will be drawn by using the aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I out of 200 marks and marks obtained in Paper-II out of 200 marks minus the maximum marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills (i.e. those questions in Paper-II for which Hindi translation has not been given),” the press release read.