The calendar for the Civil Services examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) during 2012 is out.
It has some striking changes in the schedule of both Preliminary and Main Examination as dates for both the examinations have been advanced by about 3 weeks.
The notification for CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAMINATION, 2012 would be out on February 4, 2012 and the last date for receipt of applications is going to be March 5, 2012.
The Preliminary Examination is going to be staged on May 20, 2012. The Main Examination is going to commence from October 5, 2012.
The Civil Services Examination (CSE
) is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as a common examination for recruitment to various services like the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service and Indian Police Service, as well as Group A and Group B Central Services. The notification for the examination, (giving rules and the syllabus for all subjects included in the exam) is published in the month of November/December every year in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar and Gazette of India as well as in some Newspapers. All students are advised to get a copy of this notification from the Employment News or other publications.The UPSC has changed the pattern of the Exam from 2012 and has replaced the existing Preliminary Examination with a Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), which will be a common Test for all candidates. The Aptitude Test Consisting of Paper I and Paper II will be of objective type. The test will be common for all candidates.
With the above change the Civil Services Examination, 2012 will consist of
a. The Civil Services Aptitude Test - CSAT (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination
b. Civil Services Main Examination (Written) and
c. A Final Interview for those who pass the Main Exam.
SCHEME OF EXAMINATION
I. Aptitude Test
The Aptitude Test will be held by the UPSC normally on a Sunday in the latter half of May every year. The exact date will be published in the Notification.
The Aptitude Test will have two papers (Papers I & II) of the Objective (Multiple Choice) type questions and carries a maximum of 200 marks each.
Each paper will be of two hours duration.
Penalty for Wrong Answers
i) There will be a penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective papers. For each question for which a wrong answer has been marked, 1/3rd of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty.
ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be the same penalty as in i) above for that question.
iii) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
The Examination Centers for the Aptitude Test are:
Agartala, Ahmedabad,Aizawl, Aligarh, Allahabad, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji(Goa), Patna, Pondicherry, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Tirupati, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam. *
* All information furnished herein is based on the UPSC Notification for CSE 2010 and 2011. The Notification for CSE 2012 is expected to be published in January 2012.
II. Main Examination
Only those who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year, are eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year, provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2012
|DATE OF NOTIFICATION ||04.02.2012 |
|LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS ||05.03.2012 |
|DATE OF EXAMINATION ||20.05.2012 |
|DURATION OF EXAMINATION ||1 DAY |
Civil Services (Main) Examination 2012
|DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF EXAMINATION ||05.10.2012 |
|DURATION OF EXAMINATION ||21 DAYS|