Syllabi for Main Examination Part B - Compulsory subject - General Studies
The UPSC, convinced of the need for important changes in the method of recruitment to the Civil Services, recommended to the government that a Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) replace the existing Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.
As per the new pattern, at the Preliminary Examination stage,
- There will be two objective-type question papers common for all the candidates.
- Both these papers will have equal weightage (200 marks each).
- The emphasis will be on testing the aptitude of the candidate for the demanding life in the civil service and on the ethical and moral dimensions of decision-making.
The upcoming scheme will have the advantages ofA. testing a candidate’s decision-making skills and aptitude for the civil services; and
B. providing a level playing field for all the aspirants since all the candidates will have to attempt two common objective-type papers.