UPSC New Format

UPSC recently came out with much awaited Civil Services 2013 Notification, this time with a changed Mains pattern which was due for change from past few years.

Now i will give a brief about the changed Mains Pattern simultaneously comparing with the old pattern.

OLD PATTERN

MARKS

NEW PATTERN

MARKS

1-GS Paper-1

300

GS Paper-1

250

GS Paper-2

250

2-GS Paper-2

300

GS Paper-3

250

GS Paper-4

250

3-     Optional Subject-1 (Paper-1)

300

Optional Subject-1 (Paper-1)

250

4-      Optional Subject-1 (Paper-2)

300

Optional Subject-1 (Paper-2)

250

5-      Optional Subject-2 (Paper-1)

300

Removed in New Pattern

6-      Optional Subject-2 (Paper-2)

300

Removed in New Pattern

7-      Essay

200

Essay

200

8-      English

Qualifying

Qualifying

300

9-      Indian Language

Qualifying

Qualifying

300

10-   Interview

300

Interview

275

TOTAL

2300

1975

Major Changes brought about in UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination Pattern.

1- Increase in the Number of General Studies (GS) papers from 2 to 4.

2- One optional subject has been removed from the new pattern.(Earlier Candidates had to appear for 2 optional Subjects)

3- Earlier English was only a qualifying paper with its marks not being added in the Final Score, Now English Paper will be evaluated to be included in the Final Merit Score.

4- Compulsory Indian Language paper has been omitted from the New Pattern of UPSC (Mains) 2013 onwards.

Diversification of General Studies

Earlier there were 2 GS Papers testing Candidates knowledge of:

1- History of Modern India and Indian Culture

2-Geography of india

3- Constitution of India

4- Current Events

5- Science and Tech

6- India and World

7- International Relations

8- Statistical Analysis etc.

Now according to new pattern, there will be 4 GS Papers each testing different set of Knowledge skills.

GS Paper 1 – will include

1- Indian Heritage and Culture,

2- History and Geography of the World and Society.

GS Paper-2 will be of

1- Governance

2-Constitution

3- Polity

4- Social Justice and

5- International relations.

GS Paper-3 will test the knowledge of candidate in the areas of

1- Technology

2- Economic Development

3-Bio diversity

4- Environment

5- Security and Disaster Management.

GS Paper-4

is an entirely new concept introduced by UPSC in the Mains Pattern. It’s an attempt to test Candidate’s Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude.This paper will include questions to test the candidate’s attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his/her problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him/her in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects.

List of Optional Subjects For Mains:

GROUP-1

(i) Agriculture
(ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
(iii) Anthropology
(iv) Botany
(v) Chemistry
(vi) Civil Engineering
(vii) Commerce and Accountancy
(viii) Economics
(ix) Electrical Engineering
(x) Geography
(xi)Geology                                                                                                                                                          (xii) History
(xiii) Law
(xiv) Management
(xv) Mathematics
(xvi) Mechanical Engineering
(xvii) Medical Science
(xviii) Philosophy
(xix) Physics
(xx) Political Science and International Relations
(xxi) Psychology
(xxii) Public Administration
(xxiii) Sociology
(xxiv) Statistics
(xxv) Zoology

GROUP-2

Literature of any one of the following languages:

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English.

A Candidate can choose any one subject from any Group as his/her Optional Subject.

Best of Luck to all the UPSC Aspirants, and keep visiting our website for updated course material of various subjects. 🙂

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