Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), India's central agency authorized to conduct various central government recruitment examinations, will make changes in the pattern for Civil Service (Mains) exam 2013. According to the sources, Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, has finally given his approval to the proposed changes in the exam pattern.
Addressing a press meet, P K Misra, Secretary of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) affirmed that the decision about the suggested alterations has been finalized. However, the formal announcement regarding the same will be issued in a day or two. Being the minister in-charge of the DoPT, the PM has permitted the new format and has also approved the proposal to double the weightage for General Studies (GS) papers in the Civil Service (Mains) Examination 2013.
As per reports, the commission was only waiting for the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) response. In fact, the notification for Civil Services Exam 2013 was supposed to be issued by the UPSC on February 2, 2013, but due to the anticipated approval, the announcement was put on hold. According to the sources, the commission had formed a panel which was led by Arun Nigavekar (former UGC chairman) in 2011.
In its report, the panel had suggested a lot of amendments across the board, and now these have been accepted by the PMO. The revamp in the exam pattern may result in replacement of optional papers in the final examination with two compulsory papers with a predefined syllabus. Reportedly, all the modifications being made are designed to make the civil service exam more relevant to the modern scenario.
The information regarding all the alterations and application procedure will be issued soon; therefore, all aspirants are advised to visit the commission’s official website: http://www.upsc.gov.in, on regular basis.