Civil services exam (CSE) 2013 - UPSC Exam Calendar 2013, New Changes in Exam
|S.No.||NAME OF EXAMINATION||DATE OF NOTIFICATION||LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS||DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF EXAM||DURATION OF EXAM.|
|1||RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM||06.01.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY (Two Tests)|
|2||SCRA Exam, 2013||13.10.2012||12.11.2012 (MONDAY)||20.01.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY|
|3||C.D.S. EXAM.(I), 2013||10.11.2012||10.12.2012 (MONDAY)||17.02.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY|
|4||RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM||03.03.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY (Two Tests)|
|5||N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM.(I), 2013||22.12.2012||21.01.2013 (MONDAY)||07.04.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY|
|6||CIVIL SERVICES (Preliminary) EXAM., 2013||02.02.2013||04.03.2013 (MONDAY)||19.05.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY|
|7||RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM||02.06.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY (Two Tests)|
|8||ENGINEERING SERVICES EXAMINATION, 2013||16.03.2013||15.04.2013 (MONDAY)||28.06.2013 (FRIDAY)||03 DAYS|
|9||COMBINED MEDICAL SERVICES EXAM, 2013||23.03.2013||22.04.2013 (MONDAY)||30.06.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY|
|10||RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM||07.07.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY (Two Tests)|
|11||RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM||04.08.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY (Two Tests)|
|12||N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM.(II), 2013||04.05.2013||03.06.2013 (MONDAY)||11.08.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY|
|13||C.D.S. EXAM.(II), 2013||25.05.2013||24.06.2013 (MONDAY)||08.09.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY|
|14||INDIAN FOREST SERVICE EXAM, 2013||TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER|
|15||CENTRAL ARMED POLICE FORCES (AC) EXAM., 2013||06.07.2013||05.08.2013 (MONDAY)||20.10.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY|
|16||RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM||27.10.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY (Two Tests)|
|17||CIVIL SERVICES (MAIN) EXAM., 2013||08.11.2013 (FRIDAY)||21 DAYS|
|18||I.E.S./I.S.S. EXAM., 2013||17.08.2013||16.09.2013 (MONDAY)||07.12.2013 (SATURDAY)||3 DAYS|
|19||GEOLOGISTS' EXAM., 2013||24.08.2013||23.09.2013 (MONDAY)||07.12.2013 (SATURDAY)||3 DAYS|
|20||S.O./STENO (GD-B/GD-I) LTD. DEPTTL. COMPETITIVE EXAM.||14.09.2013||14.10.2013 (MONDAY)||21.12.2013 (SATURDAY)||2 DAYS|
|21||RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM||29.12.2013 (SUNDAY)||1 DAY (Two Tests)|
NOTE:- THE DATES OF NOTIFICATION AND COMMENCEMENT OF EXAMINATIONS/ RTs ARE LIABLE TO ALTERATION, IF THE CIRCUMSTANCES SO WARRANT.
TO ALTERATION, IF THE CIRCUMSTANCES SO WARRANT.
New Changes in UPSC 2013 Exam
UPSC has constituted a panel which is expected to come out with its report early next year. The civil services examination (CSE) that is meant for selecting candidates for elite central services like IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and others has three stages comprising 'preliminary', 'main' and personality test (interview).
UPSC, which changed the 'preliminary' exam pattern this year by infusing elements of 'aptitude' test, had brought a minor change in the 'main' test pattern last in 1993 when it introduced an additional paper of 'essay' of 200 marks. The 'essay' paper, meant for testing aspirants' knowledge of a chosen topic and presentation skill, carries substantial weight in the entire written examination of 2,000 marks.
However, it is felt that the new paper introduced 18 years ago has not served the desired purpose of bringing candidates opting for high scoring science subjects at par with those opting for humanities and languages as their optional papers in the main exam.
Besides, officials feel, the existing pattern is tilted towards short-listing those candidates, who are good at their 'subjects' instead of having knowledge of general studies, comprising modern Indian historyculture and socio-economic and political system. It also does not test the candidates' administrative and managerial potential.
Officials said that the committee, which has been working on bringing certain changes, will take into account the recommendations of the second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) on changes in the civil services examination.
The ARC, in its recommendation in 2008, had suggested that UPSC should only keep two compulsory papers (general studies) and an essay paper for the 'main' examination. It also suggested that there should not be any optional subject.
Now, aspirants have to appear in two optional subjects (two papers each), besides one paper of essay and two papers of general studies. Hence, candidates having good knowledge of their optional subjects (four papers having 1,200 marks) get through the main examination easily, even if they score less marks in two papers of general studies (600 marks) and one paper of essay (200 marks), an official explained.