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New UPSC Rules were to Test Communication Skills

Amid criticism of the new UPSC rules that sought to make English compulsory in the civil services exam ( proposed changes have since been put on hold ) the former UGC Chairman Arun S. Nigavekar, who headed the committee of experts which gave the recommendations, said it had not emphasised any particular language but only sought to judge a candidate’s communication abilities.

“The committee suggested an examination pattern which shall judge a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively, be it in any language,” the top academician told PTI, adding that the issue of language was not in the committee’s “terms of reference.”

He declined to comment on whether the inclusion of English in the civil services main exam was part of his committee’s recommendations.

The panel underlined qualities a 21st-century civil servant should possess to deal with the multidimensional challenges of the present – day world, Mr. Nigavekar said.

“In our recommendations, we gave a broader and generic outline of the same,” he said.

Noting that a civil servant’s job was becoming increasingly demanding and a prospective bureaucrat would now be introduced to a comparatively more challenging work environment, the committee suggested an examination pattern that tested the candidates’ ability to employ his knowledge at the operative level. As per the changes proposed, a 100-marks paper of English comprehension and précis was to replace the English and Indian language papers that had been of a qualifying nature and whose marks were not included in the merit list.


The new proposed pattern sparked protests, with the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Jayalalithaa, expressing their opposition and seeking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention.

In Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt the Commission’s exams in the State if its demand to include Marathi in the syllabus was not met. The issue was also raised in Parliament.

“A civil servant shall not only identify the problems of his area, he should also be able to effectively communicate the same to his higher authorities, so that a solution can be found,” Mr. Nigavekar said over phone from Pune on the panel’s recommendations.

Asked whether the new pattern would have virtually blocked the entry of aspirants who had obtained their education through the medium of Indian languages, he said the recommendations were made keeping in mind the existing structure of education in the country and no “expertise” over any particular subject was stressed upon.

Noting that English was a global language required for effective multi – level communication, Mr. Nigavekar said some changes were imperative for working in a global environment.

“By no means am I underestimating any regional language. But in the present – day scenario, global boundaries have disappeared and language has become the unit of currency. It is the light and sound of communication.

“We cannot close our windows to the winds of change and at the same time, we should not get swept off our feet. This is what Gandhiji had in his vision,” Mr. Nigavekar said.

When it was pointed out that countries such as China and Japan had made progress without laying stress on English, he said this was true a decade ago but now, even those countries were seeing the language as a tool to deal with global competition.

“See, these days, if you ask students to express themselves in a concise manner – be it in any language – most of them will fail,” he said.

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UPSC’s Changes in Civil Service 2013 Examination

As we all know, recently the Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC ) was under discussion in order to change the pattern for Civil Service Main 2013 Examination, which was approved by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. And thus UPSC has now come up with the final notification on the change taken place.

On 5th March, 2013, the UPSC assured the changes in Civil Service Examination. Bringing into effect from this year it gives more wightage to General Studies as well as Aptitude Skills. It has also introduced an English Language paper, and this marks shall count in final selection of aspirants for elite services like IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and more.

Under this new pattern, the commission continued with the easy paper having 200 marks, but it also introduced an additional English Language Paper worth 100 marks. The English Language paper will test aspirants in their comprehensive and writing ability, in tune with the demand of modern-day administration, where English has become a main language of official communication across the nation.

Also, for the first time the General Studies paper will also include components testing aspirants on “Ethics, integrity and aptitude”. This new paper having 250 marks will use the case study approach to determine ethics, integrity and aptitude of the candidates.

A senior official from the UPSC said “This paper will include questions to test the candidate’s attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with the society”.

There is no change in the date of examination. As announced in the notification, the exam shall be conducted on 26th May, 2013. Candidates can fill applications Online till 4th April, 2013.

UPSC Advantage of the New Pattern :

The new pattern will also spare candidates of compulsorily qualifying other language papers like Hindi or any of the VIII Schedule language. Moreover, Earlier, the candidates had to qualify in English and other language paper whose marks were, not counted for short-listing the candidates.

Inspite of all these, there will be two optional papers of 250 marks each instead of four papers of 300 marks each earlier. The weightage of the optional papers will also be reduced from 1500 to 500 marks. And the total marks for the main examination will be 1800 where as personality test carries 275 marks.

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UPSC Online Recruitment 2013 Application Available

UPSC ( Union Public Service Commission ) invites online recruitment application for the recruitment of various posts in the year of 2013. The last date to apply online for this recruitment is 14th March, 2013.

Go through the following details for number of posts, eligibility criteria, age limit, important dates and more .

UPSC Recruitment Name & no of posts : UPSC will recruit 15 candidates for the following posts :

  •     Assistant Professor ( Paediatrics ) – 1post
  •     Anaesthetist ( Family welfare ) – 1 post
  •     Assistant Professor ( English ) – 2 post
  •     Assistant professor ( Political science ) – 1 post
  •     Assistant professor ( Computer science ) – 1 post
  •     Senior lecturer (General surgery) – 1 post
  •     Junior research officer ( Pushto ) – 1 post
  •     Junior research officer ( Tibetan ) – 1 post
  •     Junior research officer ( Burmese ) – 1 post
  •     Junior research officer ( Arabic ) – 1 post
  •     Junior research officer ( Bhutanese ) – 1 post
  •     Assistant director ( Explosives ) – 1 post
  •     Junior scientific officer (Ballistics) – 1 post
  •     Senior lecturer (General medicine) – 1 post

UPSC Recruitment Age Limit :The age limit for the eligible candidates are listed below :

  • For post no 14, age should not exceed 53 years.
  • For post no 6, age should not exceed 50 years
  • For post no 1, age should not exceed 45 years
  • For post no 12, age should not exceed 40 years
  • For post no 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, & 11, age should not exceed 35 years
  • For post no 13, age should not exceed 33 years
  • For post no 7, 9 & 10, age should not exceed 30 years

UPSC Recruitment How to Apply :

  • Candidates should apply through online in the UPSC’s website. No other mode application will be accepted.
  • Candidates need to pay a fee of ₹ 25/ ( Rupees twenty five only ) in any branch of SBI or associate banks of SBI. Candidates can choose either online or offline mode of payment. No fee will be asked for SC / ST / PH and women candidates of all castes and no fee exemption for OBC male candidates.

UPSC Recruitment Selection Procedure 2013 : The selection procedure will be based on the marks scored in higher educational qualifications, higher experience and marks will be scored in the recruitment test.

UPSC Online Recruitment Important Dates 2013 :

  • Date of notification 23rd February, 2013
  • Closing date of submitting online application 14th March, 2013
  • Last date of receipt of hard copy of online application and specified documents 28.03.2013
  • Last date to take the print out of online application 15.03.2013

Please Note: Candidates need to give original and valid e-mail ID and mobile number while registration. It will be more helpful to contact the candidates. For more details please go through the website of UPSC.

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UPSC Civil Service Mains Exam 2013 Pattern Changed

UPSC Centre to Bring Changes in CSAT – 2013 Pattern

The UPSC ( Union Public Service Commission )  Centre Officials are now planning to bring in changes in the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test from this year onwards.

It is expected that this changes may include replacing of optional papers in the final examination with two other compulsory papers with a predefined syllabus.

However, this decision shall be taken over 4 lakhs students who have already applied for CSAT 2013 Examination in order to be eligible for services such as IAS, IPS or the IFS.

The prime debate among the officials shall he held today. They shall discuss about the benefits and effects from all the changes that is being proposed.

About CSAT : CSAT ( Civil Services Aptitude Test ) is a test conducted by UPSC ( Union Public Service Commission ) every year in order to select candidates for the Civil Services Mains Exams. Those who pass the Mains exams and Interview can join the Prestigious Indian Government services like IAS, IPS etc.

The CSAT for the year 2013 is to be held on 19th May, 2013. And the application process are to start from February, 2013 onwards.

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UPSC Civil Service 2012 – Main Exam Results Declared

The UPSC ( Union Public Service Commission ) has recently declared its results for Civil Service 2012 Main Examination on 22nd February, 2013 i.e. on Friday. The result is announced in the form of a list which consists of the candidates who have qualified for the Personality test on the basis of the results of the written part of the Civil Services ( Main ) Examination 2012 conducted by it in October 2012.

The Civil Service Examination is conducted by the UPSC in order to select eligible candidates to the Indian Administrative Services ( IAS ), Indian Foreign Service ( IFS ), Indian Police Service ( IPS ) and other Central Services ( Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ ).

The Personality Test of these candidates will commence from 4th of March, 2013. And the venue is the UPSC office at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069.

Please Note : The candidates who do not receive communication regarding their Personality Test, should immediately contact the office of the Commission through letter or Phone. Refer the contact details below.

Phone No : 011-23385271, 011-23381125, 011-23098543 or
Fax No : 011-23387310, 011-23384472

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UPSC suggests changes in Civil Services Exams

The Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC ) has suggested changes in the prestigious Civil Services examination to make it more relevant in the present day scenario.

“The UPSC have submitted a proposal to the Central government, suggesting certain changes in the existing scheme of civil services ( main ) examination to make it more relevant with the present day, global as well as internal scenario on the basis of the report of a committee,” Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

The committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Prof Arun S Nigavekar, Former Chairman, University Grants Commission ( UGC ).

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UPSC Exam Centre sought 2012

The Union public Service Commission ( UPSC ) should designate Kozhikode as a centre for its examinations, M.K. Raghavan, MP, has said.

A press release Kozhikode on 7th December, 2012 said Mr. Raghavan raised the demand during Zero Hour in Parliament on the day.

Kozhikode was an educational hub with the presence of national-level institutions such as the Indian Institute of Management – Kozhikode ( IIM – K ) and the National Institute of Technology – Calicut. The University of Calicut and the Kannur University were also located nearby. An examination centre in Kozhikode would be of great help to students of these institutions.


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