What’s in the air-?
That Union Public Service Commission is going to change the whole examination process. The Preliminary examination will be replaced by an Aptitude Test. There will not be any optional papers in PT. In Main Examination there will be exclusion of subjects which are not relevant to Civil Service.
The current pattern of CSE conducted by UPSC is based upon the recommendations of Kothari Committee appointed by UPSC in 1976. The recruitment policy and selection procedure in Indian Civil Services suggested by Kothari Committee is still in vogue with slight modifications like introduction of negative marking in PT, inclusion of essay writing into Mains and number of optional subjects offered by UPSC [on the recommendations of Satish Chandra Committee appointed in 1988]. During last one decade current pattern of recruitment has been criticized widely on the grounds of irrelevancy and inadequacy. To rectify the loopholes into recruitment pattern UPSC appointed several committees. All these committees and commissions have recommended reform in the current pattern. Brief summary of recommendations given by these committees is as follows-
Y.K. Alagh committee appointed in 2001 recommended elimination of optional subjects and suggested introduction of Mathematical Aptitude along with Psychological test
P.C. Hota committee appointed in 2004 suggested the overall changes into the examination pattern and also in eligibility criteria especially the Age (Lowering the age limit)
2nd Administrative Reform Commission appointed by GOI in 2005 under Mr. Veerappa Moily also recommended introduction of Aptitude test based examination and lowering the age limit as well as number of attempts
Why issue gained momentum recently-?
On 12th November 2009, during inauguration of UPSC lecture series on governance, in New Delhi current chairman of UPSC Professor D P Agrawal said that a Civil Service Aptitude Test will replace the existing Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. The proposal is to have two objective type papers that are common to all candidates. The emphasis is on testing the aptitude of the candidate for the demanding life in the civil service, as well as on ethical and moral dimensions of decision-making. Very soon this comment of UPSC chairman started to make rounds in IAS Aspirants community. This issue got momentum after delay in notification of CSE-2010 examination from UPSC. Notification for CSE-2010 was expected to come in 1st week of December but aspirants are still waiting for it.
Will it get implemented this year-?
It depends on Indian government. The final decision will be taken by the Union Government. I think UPSC want to implement it from 2010 itself and waiting for a green signal from government. It can be a reason for delay into notification. Let’s see how much UPSC can wait and delay notification-?
What will be the new pattern if implemented-?
In case of change, PT will be based on Aptitude Test and optional paper will not be there in Preliminary examination.
What is an Aptitude Test-?
A test designed to assess the ability of the candidate including mental alertness, power of assimilation, clear and logical expression, balanced judgment, ability to lead coordinate and guide etc comes under umbrella of aptitude test.
Aptitude Test will include-
Data Interpretation & Sufficiency
Verbal and non verbal reasoning
Awareness of science, current affairs
Awareness of Administration
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