Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Today UPSC notified much waited NEW EXAM pattern for UPSC Exam 2013. As there is no changes in the preliminary exam which already changed by UPSC in 2011, there are some important changes in the new notification notified by UPSC on 05.03.2013. We will break up the changes as follows:

There are two kind of changes in the main exam one is optional papers and other one is pattern of the exam itself. As for as pattern concern:
  • The overall weightage of the GENERAL STUDIES papers going up as expected like UPSC introduced two more papers in General Studies ie. Now total number of General Studies Paper is FOUR with marks of 250 each account to total 1000 Marks.
1. General Studies Paper -I                                                 
    (Indian Heritage and Culture,
History and Geography of the World                                                  250 Marks
and Society)                                                                                                       

2. General Studies Paper -II
 (Governance, Constitution,
Polity, Social Justice and                                                                  250 Marks
International relations)

3. General Studies Paper -III
(Technology, Economic Development,
Bio-diversity, Environment, Security                                                   250 Marks
and Disaster Management)

4. General Studies –IV
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)                                                           250 Marks

                                                                                        Total -     1000 Marks

  • The second change in the pattern is UPSC removed compulsory language paper and introduced English language paper to be counted for ranking along with other papers. Mark of English Paper (English Comprehension & English Précis- Matriculation Standard) is scaled down to 100 Marks.
  • Another Change in the pattern is marks of personality test reduced to 275 Marks. Essay continues with 200 Marks.
  • There is a change in the medium of exam also. If one wants to take any one of the following language as a medium he has to be studied in that language in graduate level. Languages are Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. However at least 25 candidate should have taken in these language as a medium if not candidate should write either in English or Hindi. 

If we concern about the optional papers the importance of it goes away as we expected. The following changes have been taken place in the optional subjects.

  • After this there will be only one optional paper in the UPSC main Examination.
  • Optional will have two papers with 250 Marks each.
  • All can not take Literature paper as optional, only who has done graduation in the particular literature can take that paper.
  • Optional papers divided into two groups:
(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

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.

Now the total marks for UPSC is 2075 Marks.

MORE IMPORTANT: UPSC will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all papers of the examination.

That is can scale down any papers particularly optional papers, UPSC trying to have further control  over optional paper deliberately. This is also gives hint about English language paper.

* Both Essay writing and English comprehension and précis writing will be in single paper that is in paper I, first one will be in Section I and second in Section II. So the time reduced to Essay Paper, Earlier # hours allowed for 200 marks now 200 plus 100.

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