The confusion behind the language for IAS Exam 2013 has now been cleared by the Government by not making English language compulsory for the examination.

Last Updated: 2013-03-22T09:02:52+05:30

English Not Compulsory, Candidates Can Write IAS Exam in a Regional Language

New Delhi: The confusion behind the language for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Exam 2013 is now cleared as the Government has decided to make English language optional for the examination.
Now candidates will be allowed to choose any one of the regional languages under schedule 8 of the constitution of India or English as the medium of writing the examination, V Narayanasamy, Minster of State for Personnel and Training said while addressing the Lok Sabha on Thursday i.e. May 21, 2013.
Earlier, UPSC had issued the notification for All India Civil Services Examination 2013 on March 5 making English as a compulsory language for the examination. The government had to face uproar in the Lok Sabha over the issue on March 15 and hence Mr V Narayanasamy himself looked into the matter and came with the solution.
After the decision of making English language optional, the component of writing 100 marks essay in English language has also been dropped. As per the new format, candidates have to qualify two papers each carrying 300 marks. One can choose any modern Indian language or English as the medium for the papers. Moreover, the essay paper will now be of 250 marks and can be written in a medium of candidates own choice, Mr Narayanasamy said in his statement. 

Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Exam is the gateway to obtain key positions in administrative services of State / Union Government and Public Sector Organizations of India. The examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Those, who successfully clear the two stages (Preliminary and Mains) examination of Indian Administrative Services (IAS), are appointed as administrative officer. Every year, millions of candidates with a dream of becoming IAS officer appear in the most competitive examination of India.

- By Iti Agarwal
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