There has been changes in the way UPSC preliminary examination is conducted. Earlier, the pattern included one General Studies paper and one Optional paper. The optional paper was as per the students choice. The main problem with such a system was varying levels of difficulties in different optional paper, which often led to confusion and UPSC had to ‘scale up‘ an under-performing optional and ‘scale-down‘ an over-performing optional to ensure justice to all students. However, the question which never was answered is ‘How did UPSC decide which subject to ‘scale-up’ or ‘scale-down‘ ? Another painful fact is, they never release any data which can help students assess their performance.
Even an RTI will not yield expected result. This always left an element of doubt in the minds of those students who believed they had done well, but did not manage to clear the preliminary level exams to go to the next level. Even the CIC had directed UPSC to reveal the marks list of all candidates, but UPSC did nothing about it.
But now, with the introduction of CSAT, everyone’s on the same level playing field. CSAT – CSE too has two papers:
1> Paper 1 – General Studies 1 (100 questions),
2> Paper 2 – General Studies 2 (80 questions).
Both papers are for 200 marks each. Every student who competes in the exam gets the same question and there is no more scope for ‘scaling-up’ or ‘scaling-down’ anymore.
There were some flaws in the previous methods of conducting preliminary exams, which is evident and which is why there were reforms. Now after the reforms, since everyone is on the same level playing field, I think from now on UPSC should try and release the marks-list of all candidates.
A lot of State Public Service Commissions already release the data, for example Karnataka Public Service Commission releases Key answers once the exams are done, and they also entertain corrections if something is wrong.
It’ll be in students interest if UPSC follows the same pattern. It’ll at the least help students evaluate themselves and understand where they stand in the crowd. I only hope this change comes in at the earliest.
Official UPSC site had announced that the notification for CSAT examinations would be out on 17th of February 2011. Today is 18th and still the notification is not out yet. However, I spoke to one of the aspiring candidate and she told me that the notification will be out on 19th February, 2011, i.e. tomorrow.
This time there are around 800+ seats to be filled in through UPSC’s CSAT examination (Total number of vacancies to be filled in is given in another post).
–> Civil Services Examination notification in English (a PDF opens in a new window).
–> Civil Services Examination notification in Hindi (a PDF opens in a new window).
Some previous posts that’ll be of help for UPSC candidates:
1> UPSC CSAT age limit ?
2> CSAT 2011 Model Paper.
It is “Times of Change” this year ! First it was Union Service Public Commission (UPSC), which made some remarkable changes to it’s selection process (currently changes are made only to preliminary examination), which has come in after about 30+ years. It brought in CSAT, the conventional ‘optionals’ paper, is removed and instead a Civil Services Aptitude Test paper is introduced.
Following the footsteps of UPSC, Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) too is all set to make changes in it’s examination pattern, reported Deccan Herald. I had a faint idea about this for more than a year now. Last year, a highly placed source had hinted about such a change.
The current recruitment process is very slow, and flawed. Take this years example, Kannada optional paper was extremely easy (with due respect to all those who had taken Kannada as their optional), which kept away most candidates of other optionals. Rumors are that, out of 5400 odd students who are set to write their mains from December 4th, 2010, more than 75+ % students are those who have Kannada as their first optional. If you take last year, those who had taken Public Administration and History had an advantage. This shows a pattern, which begged to be changed.
This move is believed to bring transparency, bring more ‘wise’ candidates and finally somehow ‘hopefully’ will keep the government appointments clean from any sort of political intervention.
CSAT last date for application and date of exam.
KPSC hall ticket
KAS answer key
UPSC recently announced on their official website that soon they will release some copies of model question Paper for CSAT.
Thinking on general terms, we can come up with a paper which would pretty much be like a CSAT paper.
In my opinion, to begin with, those who are preparing for the CSAT 2011 exams should start with strengthening their fundamentals, especially Mathematics. Mathematics is the foundation and rest all depends on how good you are in it.
Once you have done some ground work and are confident in solving mathematical problems, then you should start working out problems from R S Aggarwal.
That should be the strategy to begin with. I’ll soon update with the CSAT 2011 Model Paper. Till then, you can do the above.
1> CSAT 2011 age limit.
What is the age limit for CSAT 2011?
I just got a few mails asking me what the age limit is, for taking up CSAT in 2011 ?
Let me tell you that only the pattern of examination has changed for Civil Services Preliminary Exams, and there is no other change, either in the format, or in the structure, or the age criteria.
Therefore, the age limit for CSAT 2011 is :
Minimum 21 years forall candidates,(as on 1-8-2011),
Maximum 30 years for General Candidates. 33 years for Backward Classes I BC – M / MBC / DNC and 35 years for Scheduled Castes,Arunthathiyars and Scheduled Tribes
Please post your other queries in the comment box below.
CSE – CSAT 2011 Exam Dates
2011 Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) – Civil Services Aptitude Test – Schedule / Syllabus
2011 – Civil Services Preliminary Examination schedule is announced on Official UPSC website.
You can download the syllabus for CSAT from this link.
When will the notification for CSE(P) CSAT come out ?
The date of notification will be on: 19.02.2011
When is the last date of receipt of CSAT applications ?
The last date for receipt of CSAT CSE(P) applications is on: 21.03.2011 (MONDAY)
When will CSE (P) CSAT Exams be held / conducted?
The date of commencement of CSAT exam is: 12.06.2011 (SUNDAY)