New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has modified the syllabus for Civil Services Preliminary Examination. The new syllabus will come into effect from the session 2011. As per sources, the new syllabus is a result of government's approval to a proposal to introduce an aptitude test in place of the existing optional subject paper in the civil service preliminary exam.
Further, sources told that the Civil Services Preliminary Examination will now be called Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). The modification will be applicable only for the preliminary examination and not for the main examination, sources added. According to the new modification, candidates desirous to be civil servants would now have to appear for the two compulsory exams. Each paper is of 200 marks with two hours time duration.
As per the new syllabus, Paper I include history of India and Indian National Movement, Current Events of National and International importance, Indian and World geography-physical, social, economic geography of India and the world. In addition, Indian Polity and governance, Political System, Constitution, Panchayati Raj, Rights Issues, Public Policy, Economic & Social Development, Poverty, Sustainable Development, Demographics, Inclusion, Bio-diversity & Climate change, Social Sector Initiatives etc and general issues on Environmental Ecology, which do not require subject specialization, would be in Paper I.
The Paper II will include subjects like General Science, General Mental Ability, Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability, Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills, Decision Making & Problem Solving, Basic Numeracy (numbers & their relations, orders of magnitude etc, class X standard). In addition, English Language Comprehension Skills (class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, tables, graphs, data sufficiency etc, class X level) will also be part of the Paper II.