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UPSC IAS pattern and IAS toppers guidance

The reputed Civil Service Examination (also called IAS exam) is to be conducted under a new pattern from 2011 onwards. With union government’s approval for including Civil service Aptitude Test (CSAT) into the selection procedure of IAS exam, The students are all set to face a new pattern of IAS exam in 2011.

Conducted by UPSC,  The reputed Civil Service Examination (also called IAS exam) is going to Follow a new pattern from 2011 onwards. With union government approving inclusion of  Civil service Aptitude Test (CSAT) into the selection procedure of most reputed and competitive exam of the country, Thus students will face an all new pattern of IAS exam in 2011.

The existing Pattern of this exam was applied out in 1979. Since now it has continued to last with some periodic small changes. The traditional Pattern consisted of a preliminary exam followed by a mains exam and an interview. The advantage with this pattern was that candidates only had to choose one optional subject for the mains exam since the other optional subject was already covered in preliminary exam. Although introduction of an inequality between the candidates because of their different educational background and due to choice of optional subjects was a drawback of this system.


Civil service aptitude test will consist of two objective question papers of equal marks. Students from any educational background will face the same questions in CSAT with Special Emphasis on Testing Decision-Making Ability & Aptitude. Some IAS exam eligibility criterions could be changed including lowering the age limit and the number of attempts and younger students with a good zeal may be given preference in the interview. The following Types of questions will be asked in CSAT-


-> Current Affairs from National and International Events,

-> Logical Reasoning and Decision Making,

-> Elementary Mathematics,

-> Quantitative Ability,

-> Data Interpretation from Graphic and Chart


This new pattern is good for science background candidates as they hate the questions from history and political science etc. Likewise, the art subjects’ candidates (mainly history, geography and political science) may get affected badly from this pattern. Thus UPSC should also take care of the art subjects’ students.
The new pattern for IAS exam is supposed to bring all the candidates from any educational background under the same horizon. The importance of general awareness has now increased many times and it will be a deciding factor for selection of candidates. The questions will be more analytical and situations oriented, testing the mental ability of the candidate.


Thus it is time for a new trend in approach towards the most reputed and competitive exam. As according to the previous toppers success in IAS exam is not about overcoming the expectations of UPSC, it’s not possible in real sense, but what needs to be done is to analyze the intensity of competition that among the IAS aspirants and doing proper planning for getting one step ahead from them. All the candidates are now being brought under the same horizon and the one who understands requirements of this new pattern and will adopt for it as soon as possibleFree Articles, will get an edge over the other candidates.


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