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UPSC Mains New Pattern Change from 2013 - Chairman

Updated on November 5, 2012

We know that the results of Alagh Committee Report have already testified the second ARC Report. UPSC is only a year away from much talked about change in Mains Exam pattern of the most coveted exam of the Nation i.e. Civil Services Mains. This was informed to media by Chairman D P Agarwal in disguised tone saying, "Change is Inevitable". He also said, "UPSC has already constituted a panel to look into the matter. Its report is expected to come out early next year. It is most likely to be in effect from 2013." He was attending the felicitation function of Rajasthan Technical University, Kota on March 4, 2012.

It must be noted that the changes in the Prelim pattern have already been implemented in the year 2011 amid mixed reactions. Doing away with optional in prelims was welcomed by almost all the students but the introduction of new syllabus in the form of CSAT led to disappointments in some sections of aspirants. This surely helped the science and engineering graduates. humanities students had to bite the dust and adjust to the conditions. Another section which was disappointed with the CSAT was the set of people who had already made several unsuccessful attempts. Some of them even skipped the exam looking to save an attempt.

The Mains pattern change is sure to bring these kinds of of reactions. This time however, UPSC is looking to level the playing field for everyone. There will be backlashes from the people who have written the exam under old pattern because of their difficulty to adjust. On the whole, the change is going to bring more equality, rationality and simplicity to the Civil Services(UPSC) Exams.

Why in 2013 only and not 2012?

As informed by the Chairman DP Agarwal, two successive committees (Alagh committee and 2nd ARC) have recommended the pattern change in clear terms. These reports are already out in public. Since there is very small time gap for the 2012 exam, it is neither prudent nor practical to rush the change right away. Moreover, a high level panel has been set-up to finalize the details of new syllabus and pattern in December, 2011. From the tone of UPSC Chairman, it is almost certain that he wants to see it implemented as soon as possible.

What will be the magnitude of change?

The details of the subjects have not been finalized yet. Therefore, any data which is available on this subject will be based on speculations. One thing is certain though, that the optional subjects will be phased out of the exam. The suggestion about removing of optional subjects date back to 2008 when second Administrative Reforms Committee presented its report. Second ARC had suggested that UPSC should only keep two compulsory GS papers and an essay paper for Mains Examination. It also suggested that there should not be any optional subject.

Current Mains pattern consists of 2 General Studies Papers and 4 optional subjects Papers (2 each). These 6 papers constitute 1800 marks (300 by 6). there is an Essay Paper and Personal Interview as well of 200 and 300 marks each. These all constitute 2300 Marks. There is also a qualifying paper in an Indian Language.

The estimates say that the pattern will be similar to the General Studies but the number of papers will be increased and every subject of GS will form a separate paper in new format. The table below will give you an idea of the new and old pattern of Mains Exam.

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OLD PATTERN MAINS PAPERS  
NEW PATTERN MAINS PAPERS  
STATUS  
GENERAL STUDIES I
CURRENT EVENTS OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE
-changed-
GENERAL STUDIES II
INDIAN CULTURE & HISTORY
-changed-
FIRST OPTIONAL I
GEOGRAPHY OF INDIA
-changed-
FIRST SUBJECT II
INDIAN ECONOMY
-changed-
SECOND OPTIONAL I
GENERAL SCIENCE
-changed-
SECOND OPTIONAL II
INDIAN POLITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
-changed-
ESSAY
ESSAY
-same-
INDIAN LANGUAGE
INDIAN LANGUAGE
-same-
PERSONAL NTERVIEW
PERSONAL INTERVIEW
-same
UPSC MAINS - EXPECTED PATTERN FROM 2013

Which Pattern do you prefer?

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Why is it Required?

This is a million dollar question. The need to change the pattern by removing the optional subjects in mains and replacing them with the relevant compulsory subjects is being voiced by experts from a long time. Even UPSC is committed to doing it. Let us see what are the factors which makes this change inevitable:

  1. To Bring Rationality:- The candidates should be tested for their suitability as a Civil Servant and not as a source of information. Thus, only those subjects need to be tested which will give a fair idea of their Administrative Skills.
  2. To Bring Equity:- Since all the candidates will write the same papers, their answers will be evaluated on the same standards. This will bring people from all backgrounds to the same platform.
  3. To Remove Redundancies:- The pattern of testing of candidates in their graduation subjects has no use. Their subject-wise academic knowledge can be easily checked from their degree mark sheets.
  4. To Bring simplicity:- The current system is somewhat complex with varying level of difficulties and evaluations. Some of the subjects become favorites of candidates because of their high success rates. These factors consume a lot of energies of the aspirants. This will be done away with.


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      gowthaam 3 years ago

      any 1 indian language is compulsoooooory?????????????????????????????

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      s.k.dora 3 years ago

      sir can upsc syllabus change again in prelims or mains its true

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      Gurpreet Seehra 3 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      Yes, 2 more chances is final. UPSC can't overrule the govt. But the official notification will clear all doubts.

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      ks murthy 3 years ago

      sir, Is it sure of getting 2 more chances for civils? upsc could put any restictions on that?

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      Gurpreet Seehra 3 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      priya: why not.

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      vikartsys@yahoo.co.in 3 years ago

      plz guide me for UP PCS

      thanks sir

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      priya 4 years ago

      i wrote exam this year i did not get it i don't want to write exam next year i want to write in 2015 can this is possible or i hv to write exam continously

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      Eswar: If your correspondence address is changed, you should contact the office of your Cadre Controlling Authority, which is CCIT-1, Hyderabad in your case.

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      Eswar 4 years ago

      Hi..gurpreet.. I got selected for ITI andhra..what next after nominations ?

      How can I contact them to change my correspondence address?

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @Manish: the choice of subject depends on your interests.. pub ad, socio, geography, history and psychology are some common choices. Of these socio and pub ad have the smaller syllabi.

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @gajendra: yes , you will be eligible after b tech. Please use the official website www.upsc.gov.in for complete information.

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      Manish Nain 4 years ago

      Sir, i take a UPPSC exam 2013, i hope that i'll be passed in this exam . so please suggest me that what SUBJECT would be choice in this Mains Exam.

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      gajendra singh 4 years ago

      I AM A STUDENT OF B.TECH FIRST YEAR IN COMPUTER SCIENCE .

      I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IAS EXAM .

      CAN I APPLY FOR IAS EXAM AFTER B.TECH .

      PLEASE GIVE ME ALL DETAILS.

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      Chetan 4 years ago

      Did anybody worked on Age relaxation thing for this year's exam...please guide...we need to spread the word in a planned approach and try to make deaf ear hear our voices...if not anything else at least 1st Aug to 1st Jan cutoff change...Rakesh Yogesh...amit...are you guys still on...?

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @hanish, I am also selected for ITI punjab this time. Nomination is being delayed. that is why nothing can be said of joining. It may start after october, hopefully. I think you will get more time in this job than other CGL jobs.

      -Gurpreet

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      simplydecoded.com is a good site as well.

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      hanish gupta 4 years ago

      hello sir

      i have got iti in punjab. when can i expect joining letter.

      also i want to prepare for civil services .

      will i get ample time for it in iti job?

      please reply...thank you

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      Akshay Palshikar 4 years ago

      Great site for information !! Actually after completing i started following only jagran josh & www.upsc4all.com for articles and current affairs ...any advice for current affair s& Study ?

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      maheshkumar .s. chitte 4 years ago

      i want join upsc classes

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      Hi Honeyhk,

      This time there will be only one optional subject in Mains which will have two papers. Therefore, there is no questions of subject combinations.

      -Gurpreet

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      Honeyhk 4 years ago

      Sir as we all know that upsc ias exam pattern has been changed and now there are only 2 optionals to b selected for mains exam so i like to ask this question which is not mentioned anywhere that do the combinations of subject restrictions apply in 2013 as well? I mean earlier there was restricions in selecting some combinations of subjects....for example u can't choose management and public administrationas your optionals so i want to ask that as the pattern has been changed... does this restriction has been removed or it will b applied as it is like before?

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      4 years ago

      exesting pattern is good

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      Naveen Kumar Singh 4 years ago

      sir,madam or anbody else

      know that which 8 languages of india including & ask in the exam of upsc preliminary?

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @neeta : Not dropped. Remember hindi alone is not a qualifying subject. It is any of the 22 languages in the constitution.

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @Sachin : Why not. You only have to be a graduate or a final year graduation student.

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      neeta 4 years ago

      is hindi as a qualifying subject been dropped?

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      Sachin Kesarwani 4 years ago

      can a student doing B.Tech. in aerospace engineering participate in the civil services exams.Please inform me on my e-mail address optimix786@gmail.com

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      ram asare pirajapati 4 years ago

      this is good dicision becouse new student take opportunity for upsc exam.

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @IAS Aspirint: I Agree.

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      IAS Aspirint 4 years ago

      I always found the regional language paper to be tough, as I was from an english medium school. Qualifying language papers and optional papers has to be removed, only then it is a tough competition.

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      dipali 4 years ago

      English has been dropped as compulsory.the thought is amazing...everybody will write in their own "comfortable" regional lingo answering to the same question. i guess now its true competition.

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      Yadunandan 4 years ago

      probably hindi is back :P

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      dipali 4 years ago

      two qualifying papers mean??anybody knows what has been changed?

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      pardeep 4 years ago

      is there any impact of hindi or other medium except english on selection of ias or in checking of main exam?

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      amarjit 4 years ago

      it is complsery new syllbus

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      IAS Aspirint 4 years ago

      i liked this new pattern which gives more preference to general studies. However still having one optional paper favours some degrees whereas the other degree holders need to study a fresh optional. A chemical engg grad or a computer engg has to study a new optional. This pattern favours one group and not the other. Removal of optional is a better option and the Exam should test General Studies, Public Administration and Latest Technology. The current Pattern of cse is good as they test general studies in depth and the good thing is it has introduced a new gs paper-4 which tests various case studies of real time issues.

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      Gaurav 4 years ago

      @Amit- I got the information from the news but i would suggest not to care about them all. Let them do their job and we should do our job. Remember always that, whatever may be the change or may not be, it will be for all and again the competition will remain largely intact.

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      amit 4 years ago

      @gaurav - kahan mili aapko ye khabar..

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      Gaurav 4 years ago

      सिविल सेवा परीक्षा में अंग्रेजी के पर्चे को मेरिट में जोड़ने तथा क्षेत्रीय भाषाओं के बारे में किए गए परिवर्तनों संबंधी संघ लोक सेवा आयोग के परिपत्र पर कड़े विरोध को देखते हुए सरकार ने इसके अमल पर फिलहाल रोक लगा दी है.

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      Gaurav 4 years ago

      UPSC के नए परीक्षा पैटर्न पर फिलहाल रोक.

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      IAS Planner 4 years ago

      Pattern Change Highlights:

      - Main Exam to have 7 Papers, Including 4 on General Studies

      - Intention to reduce stress on Optional Subjects

      - Students can now take the same subject in which they graduated.

      Source: www.iasplanner.com

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      sanjay 4 years ago

      @ amit, above link is not working and page is not opened.......

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      amit 4 years ago

      @ sanjay, @ rakesh - Please refer to the above orkut link on the latest updates on this

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      sanjay 4 years ago

      @Rakesh

      Did u wrote to many politician..... please wrote ...... i am with u.......

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      sanjay 4 years ago

      Please, Update about age relaxation and attempt in UPSC 2013, any chance to relaxation in age and attempt. Quickly time is very sort...... we can revolt for this injustice with all IAS aspirants.

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      amit 4 years ago

      Who ever is interested in fresh attempts.. check the below link:

      orkut.co.in/Main#CommMsgs?cmm=23492063&tid=5851874979910375569&na=4&npn=20&nid=23492063-5851874979910375569-5853106510266690277

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      amit 4 years ago

      Is there only one optional paper in ias main exam 2013?

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      hari shri 4 years ago

      i like this new syllabus.really good.it gives extreame importance to the GS.if possible please give some model question paper for this new pattern for each papers.

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      GS 4 years ago

      The new syllabus is good, as it gives more emphasis on General Studies. The Syllabus has not changed drastically. The general studies syllabus of Prior years are split into 3 GS Papers now with a slight addition of World History etc. It would be better if they drop Optional Paper in the future years and add one more GS paper which covers Public Administration.

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      Rakesh 4 years ago

      If anyone goes to court for age and attempt relaxation,we may not win due to govt nasty tactics.It should be achieved politically.A bureaucrat and nominated head of a republic is naturally insensitive to the aspirations of youth.As the election is just ahead,let's make our voice heard in political circles.I am writing to many politicians.

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      kishan 4 years ago

      @rakesh bhai ,para toh bataye,ya page no ,wasise muje aap par vishwas hai

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      kishan 4 years ago

      @ rakesh i admit ur point thanks

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      Rakesh 4 years ago

      Kishan bhai,see ARC 10th report RECRUITMENT chapter to know that upper age for general category was raised to 31 in 1991 and 33 in 1993.And please make your comment here after confirming .thanks

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      kishan 4 years ago

      bhai,1978,1990,meih suna tha par,yeh 1992 meih kab hua.ha ha ha

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      Rakesh 4 years ago

      In addition to attempt relaxation in 1990,UPSC set age relaxation at 31 in 1990 and 33 again in 1992 to accommodate all candidates.So now ti is time

      to make our demand louder.As UPSC will be forced to make an amendment in its language policy very soon,let them consider the age and attempt limit issues as well.

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      amit 4 years ago

      @gurpreet - @UPSC can take punjabi as optional only if he has done his graduation in that language. It seems he has done BTech so that option also closes

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @UPSC: You will not be allowed.

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      Its not like that. He can write punjabi optional but not choose punjabi as medium of instruction.

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @UPSC: You can't take Punjabi as medium. However, you can take punjabi literature as optional subject.

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @peety: Yes hindi is compulsory and marks will be counted. There is no hindi paper. but hindi can be chosen as medium and Literature optional.

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @Saurav: No

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @saurav: Ex-servicemen are the ones who have served in Armed Forces (Short Service Commission) and have been discharged from service with pension. They generally have 15+ years of experience.

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @Gaurav: Sorry, misread.

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      Gurpreet Seehra 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      @amit: Sorry, misread.

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      @nisha connect to orkut,

      http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#CommMsgs?cmm=23492063&tid=5851874979910375569&na=2&npn=21&nid=

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      sekhar.. 4 years ago

      I think new pettron will best aspirents...

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      Nisha 4 years ago

      @yogesh how many ppl do u have with u?

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      Nandan 4 years ago

      Govt has not yet published the amended rules in gazette.So wait for the gazette notification to know whether age and attempt relaxation have been considered.I hope they give relaxation.

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      But i am not only the who will suffer in future,I wish some more people to come forward as it will give more courage,or else I will back off

      Bye

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      amit 4 years ago

      @ yogesh, it is difficult but do not lose hope.. You still have a chance if you act quick and gather more information on this. Try to interact with Kejriwal and ask for his views on the matter

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      it seems to be very difficult I suppose!!!

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      Dipali 4 years ago

      English paper was there in previous years. regarding hindi paper, it was a qualifying paper. they have reduced the optional papers as well. i think it is good for people who are preparing for last couple of years because at present General Studies carries the highest portion of the exam. And ultimately the board doesn't post candidates in their home states. so i think it is ok that they have reduced language paper. however regarding answering the exam, hindi has always been an option and i believe it will always be.

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      amit 4 years ago

      @yogesh, @nisha - I understand your concerns and i feel one should go about this in a planned and logical manner. At a surface level it appears unfair to the candidates who are into their last attempt, but am sure UPSC would justify the current scheme of exam as they may have already discussed this at length. You have to present a strong case using the principles of natural justice and logic. Following are my views:

      1) You may gather in protest but this may not really solve the problem as all the unhappy people may be distributed throughout, and moreover it's a herculean task to identify,gather and convince them in such short notice.

      2) If you want to file a PIL, try to consider maximum possibilities and outsmart UPSC/DOPT( Officials are very smart and they surely have done the homework ). Its much like a guessing game who ever comes with an argument the other person may not have thought of has a better chance.

      3) @yogesh - you have too many demands, please focus on only 2 at the moment, say Attempt and Age.

      4) Can you gather more information on changes in the year 1978 and 1990? They may have given extra attempts or increased the age for 1990, but more important question is what were the changes? Were changes radical in nature?

      5) For attempts,Age and late notification - upsc may argue that these changes are not radical in nature that's why no question of any eligibilty changes quoting some reasons mentioned below:

      UPSC: a) We may have introduced 4 papers in the GS but apart from few static(Conceptual) changes most of the GS remains dynamic(current based) and incremental in nature and any well educated person shall be able to answer these questions by delving deeper into the matter. On the top of that we have reduced one optional and language paper and also postponed the mains exam by 1 month, so this should give candidates sufficient time to prepare for the GS.

      b) The veterans will be well prepared with the optional, essay and most of the GS, They still have an edge over frehsers as most of the stuff overlaps with the prior version of UPSC mains so no question of increasing age or attempt.

      c) As for english being made compulsory, UPSC will give similar arguments as in case of CSAT when there were issues related to some passages that had to be attempted in english. The case is weak.

      And so on and so forth, and the debate can go for ever.

      The idea is to give sound reasons and prove why and how your fundamental rights have been violated. For example you can consider the following arguments:

      a) Number of attempts is for a given scheme of examination and when there are plethora of changes, candidates taking last attempt should be given some cushion. These changes have been introduced because earlier pattern was not considered good enough for identifying the most appropriate candidates. There is a possibility that the candidates who couldn't clear the exam in previous attempts would have qualified the exam at the first go had changes been introduces years back.Only few 100 make it to the final list and there will be thousands left who wouldn't qualify, the idea is to give them at least one more chance to reduce the luck factor and also others have more attempt to prove themselves in the subsequent attempts.

      b) As for the sufficient time given after notification and argument that any well educated person should be able to answer such questions - You have to collect evidence around sources of the GS paper. For example if you find questions were taken from NASA, Nature Magazine, India Year Book, Or multiple news papers, a well educated person wont be reading from so many sources everyday and also if questions are only analytical in nature and mostly value based, or at the surface level the argument by upsc still holds, but in real life the paper borrows from multiple sources and you also need factual information every now and then so one has to put in concerted efforts, at least few hrs everyday, and this is not something a well educated person does on a daily basis unless he is focussed and preparing for some exam. Moreover due to uncertainity around the new pattern, lot of student ended up wasting lots of time. If not the syllabus upsc should have informed in advance about the scheme of examination well in advance.( Like they did in CSAT, they came up with model questions in the month of Oct-Nov, even before the notification )

      c) As there are talks around for reduction in age and attempt please do not ask for permanent and many changes as this may go against you, Just ask for a grace period of 1 year (one extra attempt and age extension by 1 year until 2014) keeping in mind thousands of those who are taking their attempt this year.

      d) The logic used by UPSC in calculation of age and attempt for each category is still unclear, and even if we assume that 50 percent of population is upper caste and out of this around 16% is below poverty line, the number will still go to crores. This means many crores of the upper class candidates are similar to reserved candidates in every aspect, and all the provisions that are given to other categories should be given to them as a part of affirmative section clause by the government, this violates their fundamental rights as well. The government may be considering providing reservation to the poor from general category, but that will take sometime. Why no affirmative action now? Giving one more attempt and increasing the age by 1 will help such candidates marginally. It is not easy for them to adjust to the new pattern as they don't have access to most of the stuff, so a grace period is the need of the hour.

      e) arjun kejariwal may not be the right vehicle for change as congress may not approve the changes ever, just because they were raised by a political opponent. The idea is to file a PIL and then involve him for more pressure.

      I may be wrong but am just trying to state one simple fact, emotions wont help, and a should be statement never helps win cases. I am sure you guys will have better arguments so please try to jot down and improve upon my stuff.

      note - This has to be done real quick, else everything will go in vain.

      Best of luck :) remember patience and perseverance is the key.

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      sazid khan gaya 4 years ago

      very boring decision

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      then i m in,lets get at least 10 guys

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      @ nisha r u sure.plz send ne the link..

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      somnath 4 years ago

      I think we should ponder on the following cases too and request DoPT to consider them:

      1) A few students would be in the age group of 28 plus and some would be even 29, which means that they ought to take this exam this year itself as there would be no flexibility. Even if you increase the attempts for these students it may not work in their favour as they would not have the cushion of time to write the exam the next year as they would go beyond the age limit of 31 years.

      Solution: Make the upper age limit 31 years along with an extra attempt.

      2) Students from Regional language background would be ata disadvantage in Paper-I as many would require to put in extra efforts to work on their English language. It would be detrimental to their final rank in the Merit List. Already many of them find it difficult to get through the Preliminary stage due to emphasis on English Comprehension.( Students from the southern states especially as Hindi is not their savior in CSAT). Students from CBSE, ICSE stand to gain again from this new patter.

      Solution: Students would need more time to be prepared for these mammoth changes brought in by UPSC. So again the age limit to be extended to 31 along with an extra attempt

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      nitin 4 years ago

      UPSC has released the 2013 CSP Notification. As expected, there has been changes in the Main exam pattern. Students are debating whether more attempts will be given to all candidates as probably happened in 1979 and year 1990. You can read more on the links below.

      Sample of a letter by some student to DoPT:

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      “On 5th March, UPSC have notified changes in the Mains Pattern of the Civil Services Exam. While I welcome the changes ushered in by the Commission, I am saddened by complete neglect of the majority stakeholders in this process, the Civil Service aspirants.

      The changes brought about are not incremental but are substantial and these are advantageous to only a section of the aspirant community. Many students would be at a disadvantage as the new pattern does not provide a level playing field to them and it impinges on their right to equality.

      Students from Regional language background would be at a major disadvantage in Paper-I as many would require to put in extra efforts to work on their English language. It would be detrimental to their final rank in the Merit List. Already many of them find it difficult to get through the Preliminary stage due to emphasis on English Comprehension.

      Also, a few students would be in the age group of 28 plus and some would be even 29, which means that they ought to take this exam this year itself as there would be no flexibility. Even if you increase the attempts for these students it may not work in their favor as they would not have the cushion of time to write the exam the next year as they would go beyond the age limit of 31 years.

      In 1979 and 1990 the pattern was changed and DoPT had taken into cognizance the interest of the student community. In 1979, the students were given four fresh attempts while in 1990 the upper age-limit was 31 years. And so I would request you to please consider raising the upper age-limit to 31 years and also giving fresh attempts

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      nisha 4 years ago

      no, this has happened in Punjab also. A writ was filled and the court stayed the exam... This is a matter of breech of fundamental rights... the court will take immediate action. That is the only authority... staging protests can also be followed up... then upsc wud have to concede...

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      we definitely can,I too thought so ,But court takes 2-3 years to take decision.we can try this but our first step shd be to gather media attention.I hv spoken to arvind kejriwal's office they are ready to listen to us.we can print some pamplets regarding this and distribute,then only crowd will gather.

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      nisha 4 years ago

      @ yogesh can't we all file a writ in the supreme court against violation of our fundamental right under art 14 and art 16? so that the court can also take some concrete step?? also where do you want us to gather in protest? we will be there...

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      Mumbai: Shiv Sena workers on Wednesday staged a protest against the new exam pattern introduced by the Union Public Service Commission and warned, it would disrupt the Commission's exams in the state if its demand to include Marathi in the syllabus was not met.

      "Our demand is that students should have the option of Marathi in the exam. If our demand is not met, we will disrupt UPSC exams in the state," Sena leader Gajanan Kirtikar said.

      Sena workers carried placards, decrying the UPSC for its "anti-Marathi" stance, while formulating the new pattern.

      "We will soon meet UPSC officials in Delhi to put forth our demand," Kirtikar said, while speaking at the protest, held at Hutatma Chowk here.

      The UPSC has notified the new pattern, which will spare candidates from compulsorily qualifying other language papers like Hindi or any of the VIII Schedule languages, which includes Marathi.

      Earlier, candidates had to qualify in English and another language paper whose marks were, however, not counted for shortlisting aspirants.

      The new pattern gives more weight to general studies and aptitude skills. The UPSC has also introduced an English language paper, whose marks will count in final selection of aspirants for services like IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and other sought after Central jobs.

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      amit 4 years ago

      @yogesh - It would be better if he can be convinced to file a PIL.. people who identify with you.. will automatically support him. It is a daunting task to collect people in such short notice.

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      yes he is,but as all politician he said he needs crowd ,now from where to get that ,that's the problem.plz spread the message

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      amit 4 years ago

      @yogesh - I trust you.. i just meant.. is he interested?

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      yes i called up to their office and so u can .plz confim it if u don't trust

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      UPSC 4 years ago

      @amit --- sir i want to know that may i write all papers in punjabi language except english paper

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      amit 4 years ago

      @upsc - yadi aap punjabi optional lene ka soch rahe hain to nahi likh sakte

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      UPSC 4 years ago

      sir maine B.tech ki hai iska matlab main IAS main exam me punjabi me nhi likh sakta

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      amit 4 years ago

      @yogesh - is Arvind Kejriwal interested?

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      yogesh 4 years ago

      Equality for all – No injustice will be tolerated

      Upsc has come with the pattern change . It has done great injustice to students to certain section of society. These are as follows,

      1) It has introduced new pattern at the 11th hour, people who have been preparing for last two three years and wasted their 2-3 attempts are at biggest disadvantage because they will get only 1-2 attempts in the new scheme to adjust to it.

      2) English have been included in it though it is up to 10 std only the people from IIM’S and other B schools ,and convent school will have an edge over non English medium .This is great injustice to all Hindi medium students and others.

      Our demands

      1) At least 2 more attempts should be given to all candidates (irrespective of category) .

      2) Age limit should be increase by at least 2 year for all as it happened in 1990 and 1978.

      3) UPSC should disclose its moderation and scaling methods

      4) Cut off marks for prelims should be immediately after prelims result.

      5) Cut off date for age eligibility should be changed from 1st of august to 1st of January of every year.

      We have spoken to Shri Arvindji kejriwal ‘s office on this matter.

      Join in thousands to fight against this in justice.

      Just give your 2 days and see the change

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      amit 4 years ago

      @ashwin - Yes

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      ashwin 4 years ago

      @ amit i mean will there be acompusary english paper ,what bout hindi medium students ,will they hv to write in english ,like precise writing and all..

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      amit 4 years ago

      @ peety. there will be no hindi paper

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      peety 4 years ago

      has english been made compulsory,what bout hindi,will marks be counted

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      saurav 4 years ago

      i am group B officer in education department in state of gujrat but can i come in the ex serviceman for UPSC IAS exam for age relaxation.

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      saurav 4 years ago

      what is the meaning of ex serviceman in the UPSC IAS exam for the relaxation in age.

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      Gaurav Singh 4 years ago

      Yes Gurpreet, i too thought that 'lost warrior' can't give exam (Though, it is sad) after few minutes you wrote. Had it been '1st January', then surely he would be able to fulfill the eligibility criteria.

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      amit 4 years ago

      @gurpreet.. I dont think lostwarrior is in as there are no changes in the eligibility conditions.. can u elaborate