New syllabus for Civil Service examination 2013

Civil Service is the most glamorous profession at present available in India. The exams are coming soon and to surprise the syllabus of exam has been revised this time. This is a short article which tries to give out a brief analysis on the new syllabus and selection procedures of IAS, IPS and IFS. Now let us get into the detailed view of syllabus of Civil service Examination 2013.


Civil Service Examination is one of the most aspired competitive exams held every year in India. It is based on this test that the selection to IAS, IPS, IFS jobs are met. So this exam has got its own importance and as we know the syllabus of this exam is getting a clear cut chge this year. So the civil service exam from 2013 has got some surprises for all the aspirants. The exam would be conducted by UPSC. UPSC aka Union Public Service Commission would be conducting this exam with a revised syllabus and so the analysis of the syllabus has got a significance at this stage. About 4 lakh people were the contestants last year and this year we can expect more number of candidates applying for the exam. Now let us get into a brief analysis of the syllabus for Civil Service Examination. And the modification brought in the same.

Revised syllabus of Civil service examination

The selection to Civil Service post including IAS, IFS and IPS would be based on a three stage test. The first stage would be called as preliminary examination. Then Comes the mains exam and the last step would be an interview. This is the basic structure of the new model examination. The eligibility for writing the exam would be an age limit of at least 21 years. The minimum educational ability is an degree. The people belonging to the age group of 21 to 29 would be considered as general category if they are without any reservations. They would be having a chance of 4 in their lifetime. That means general category individuals can only appear for the exam four times in their lifetime and no other chance would be entertained once again after the limit of chances. The special category individuals would be getting concessions in the matter of chances. The notifications for the exam get call off from March or April. So we should ensure that the aspirants are keeping keen interest on the notifications. Aspirants should be keen every year regarding the notifications released by UPSC.


CSAT is the other name of Preliminary examinations. The first stage of Civil service examination is named as CSAT and it simply means Civil Service aptitude test. The new model of examination explains a chance of negative marking and so all candidates should be aware about the negative marking scheme introduced which may be strict base on which ranks would be altering. Negative marking has been regarded as the main changes in this syllabus and this modification has already taken out the position of hot topics in market. Anyhow the preliminary examination CSAT would be having two papers. These papers may be based on the decision making power of an individual. The decision making skills of a candidate would be studied deeply through this exam. Paper one would be named as general studies. The current affairs and general topics would be taking main seat in this paper. The questions of paper one would be giving out a total of 200 marks. Paper two gives importance to Mathematics.. It also includes topics related to analytical reasoning etc. This paper would be also in 200. Thus CSAT examination would be in a total score of 400.

2. Mains examination

The second stage of Civil service examination includes a mains examination which would be based on cut off mark of preliminary test CSAT. The test would be conducted merely after one or two months after CSAT. Mains examination would be only for 1 lakh or half lakh candidates who pass out the cut off marks of CSAT. Mains exam would be having a total of seven papers. We can divide these seven papers based on different topics. The first paper is related to English. From the syllabus up to 10 standard English a paper of 200 marks and an additional paper of 100 marks related to Grammar would be added. The grammar part would be having the topics like editing, proverbs etc. And thus the first paper is in a total of 300 marks.
The second part of exams include four papers and these are compulsory papers. We cannot avoid any one of these four when we are appearing the civil service examination. The compulsory papers include a paper regarding the history part. Another paper regarding the constitution and laws and a third paper comprising economics, banking related questions. The last paper in the second part would be having questions from Ethics and attitude topic. This is a new model paper that has been introduced in the revised subject. The paper is new that no idea exist which type of question would be the base. Anyhow it would be getting a more clear cut vision after the first exam with the new syllabus.Each of the papers mentioned above are in 250.
The third part of mains exam is Optional. We can either select a paper from the 25 topics suggested by UPSC. We can select this topic easily if we are well aware about the topics that we studied during degree. Another chance is to select literature topics as option examination paper. This also include around 25 languages suggested by UPSC. The topics related to this language and literature would be more beneficial if we have got firm foot related to such topics. Anyhow the optional paper is gain divided into two. We will have to write 2 papers related to the subject or language that we select as option. Each of these papers would be in 250. Thus the seven papers together contribute 1800 marks as total

3. Interview

Even if we pass the mains exam we will have to face the interview board. Interview would be an important tool to select right candidates and would be in a total of 275 marks. It gives importance to the overall performance of a candidate. Simply we can ensure some marks including the behavior that we give out at the place of selection. The presence, performance, punctuality, mingling, communication etc. Has got importance in deciding the mark. Be confident is the only way to break the interview easily.


We can easily conclude that the new syllabus has got some pleasant surprises for all. The CSAT exam would be having a minimum cut off that would be easy to break if we score about 300 to 350 range of points. The compulsory four papers and interview would be the base in mains exam. Mains in 1800 and interview in 275 are the important priorities. In the total of 2075, a decent pick would be a pint earning of 1800. Thus if we are ready to work hard a bit Civil service is not at a big problem. Aspire, work hard and earn the rank. The new syllabus is not at all a ban to the aspirants. Hope this article would be helpful for millions who aspire the civil service post.

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Author: Naveed Ahmed27 Mar 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

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