UPSC received around 11.36 lakh applications for IAS exam (prelims) but only around 50% actually take the exam.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is conducting it’s IAS civil services preliminary exam on August 07, 2016 in 72 cities across the Country. The Commission is organising the examination to fill around 1,079 vacancies in Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Postal Service including others. These posts also include 34 vacancies reserved for P.H category candidates. The candidates shortlisted from preliminary examination will be called for Mains exam, to be followed by Interview.
Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services examination each year and considering the powerful positions the qualified candidates get to serve after qualifying the exam, the exam tests the aspirants big time. The Civil Services exam is considered one of the toughest exam in India and this is evident when the success rate comes out to be usually less than 1 percent.
The examination is divided in three states; Preliminary exam, Main exam and Personality test (Interview). On an average, around 1 million candidates apply for the Civil Services exam, while around half of them appear for the preliminary test. The candidates are then shortlisted to appear for Main exam in a ratio of 1:12 or 1:13 to the number of vacancies. The candidates qualifying the Main exam are then called for Interview round and this time the candidates twice the number of vacancies are called.
The Civil Services Prelims exam will consist of two papers, General Studies Paper-1 and Paper-2. Of these two papers, the candidates are required to score a minimum of 33 percent marks in Paper-2, however, the Paper-2 now serves as only a qualifying criteria and hence the marks scored by the candidates in Paper-2 will not taken into consideration while preparing the list of qualified candidates for Main exam. After the conclusion of Preliminary exam, the UPSC will publish a list of candidates eligible to appear for Main exam. The marks obtained by the candidates in the Civil Services Preliminary exam (Paper-1) only will be taken into account by the Commission for calling students to appear in the Main exam.
As UPSC will conduct the Prelims exam on August 7, the admit cards/call letters for the applicants were issued earlier this month and will be available online till the exam date. Those candidates who have not yet downloaded their admit card, they can do so from the official site upsconline.nic.in using their respective 11-digit registration ID or 7-digit roll number. Both the papers of the prelims exam will be conducted on a single day and each paper will be of two hours duration.
Warangal was selected as the new city to host the Civil Services examination this year and as much as 10,585 candidates have opted the city as a test centre and have been distributed among 23 centres across the city.