UPSC Aptitude Test instead of Civil Services Prelim Exam
UPSC Aptitude Test
The way India selects its civil servants will change in a year.
The government has divided in replace the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination with the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT), which will test candidates for their aptitude and analytical abilities rather than their ability to learn by rote.
Nearly 1.7 lakh candidates take the objective type preliminary examination the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts every May for screening candidates.
The CSAT is expected to come into effect from Civil Services Examination 2011.” Prithviraj Chavan, minister of state, personnel ministry, told Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
For candidates who clear t lie preliminary round, there is the main round. The UPSC will push for changes in the Civil Service (Mains) Examination depending on the response to the new format.
The preliminary exam has two papers — the first is general studies and is common for all; candidates can choose the second paper from a list of about two dozen subjects. The general studies paper may be tweaked, but it is the second paper that will undergo the big change.
UPSC chairman Professor D.P. Agrawal has constituted a committee to work out the details of the papers, the official said. “The panel will make its recommendations by April-end. Then the UPSC will discuss it with the government and finalize the content.
Author: Aloke Tikku
Source: Hindustan Times
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