Should UPSC Make CSAT Preliminary Marks Public ?

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.

UPSC – CSE (IAS / IPS) Registration And Venue Information

Candidates appearing for Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) 2011, are complaining about not having received their admission ticket. If you have not received your admission ticket / hall ticket, please do not panic. There’s still time to receive it. They will be dispatched in batches and it’ll reach you shortly.

In case you do not receive your admission ticket, then you can check your ‘Venue Information at the following link: Information

Currently (30-May-2011), the venue links are not yet active. I’ll update again once the links are active.

Those who want to check their ‘Registration Information’, can do so at the following link: Information

Candidates have to input their form number to check if their application has been submitted and accepted.

**Note**: The Civil Services (Prel.) Examination 2011 form Registration Query works only for Offline Applications.

Free Download Link – Economic Survey 2010 – 2011

At present most UPSC students want to get their hands on this one, as it comprises all facts and figures which is very essential for them as they can expect a few questions in Civil Services Examination Preliminary examinations scheduled on 12th June, 2011.

The Economic Survey 2010 – 2011 is not yet available in the stands at the moment, however, you can get a soft copy of the same from Ministry of Finance’s official website. The download is not restricted to UPSC candidates alone, anybody who is interested in knowing what the UPA government has envisaged for India in the coming year, can download a copy.

You can download the one PDF, which has all the chapters consolidated, or download only those chapters that are of your interest.

Download webpage link.

Direct Download link (zip file).

How Many Posts / Vacancies Are There In UPSC CSE CSAT 2011?

UPSC has come out with the notification for Civil Services Examination for the year 2011.

As we had expected, there are 800+ posts this year. 880 vacancies are to be filled in to be precise and it is also mentioned in the notification that the number of vacancies might increase in future.

Some previous posts that’ll be of help for UPSC candidates:

1> UPSC CSAT age limit ?

2> CSAT 2011 Model Paper.

When Will 2011 UPSC CSAT Notification Come Out ?

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.

KPSC Examination Pattern Is Changing From Next Year – 2011

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.

Related posts:

CSAT last date for application and date of exam.

KPSC hall ticket

KAS answer key

CSAT 2011 Model Paper

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.

Related posts:

1> CSAT 2011 age limit.

UPSC 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