All About Indian Administrative Service Exams

The new Recruitment Process of Civil Services Exam conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is called the CSAT or the Civil Services Aptitude Test. The CSAT or IAS Prelims came into effect from the Civil Services Examination, 2011. CSAT will not only enable us to choose civil servants with right aptitudes but also end the use of scaling system for varying subjects that has been a matter of concern for many. No changes are being introduced at this stage in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test in the scheme of Civil Services Examination (CSE). Preliminary Examination would consist of two papers- Paper I and Paper II. General Studies contains-Current events of national and international importance. History of India and Indian national movement, Indian and World Geography- physical, social, economic geography of India and the world, Indian Polity and governance - constitution, political system, panchayati raj, public policy, Rights issues, etc.

General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change, General science. Comprehension, Interpersonal skills including communication skills, Logical reasoning and analytical ability, Decision making and problem solving, General mental ability, Basic numeracy, Data interpretation and English language comprehension skills.

The IAS Mains examination comprises of nine papers, all of them of a descriptive type conducted within a span of 20 days. It is designed to test not only the academic talent of the aspirant but also his ability to coordinate and present his knowledge in a clear and cogent manner. Main Examination contains Optional Subjects like: One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 22 languages included in the VIII th Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper). Paper-II: English (Qualifying Paper), Paper-III:Essay, Papers IV & V: General Studies, Papers VI, VII, VIII & IX: Any two subjects (each having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (300 marks for each paper).

The IAS Interview is to assess the personal suitability of a candidate for the service he has applied for. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interests. The object of the interview is to assess, through competent and unbiased observers, the personal suitability of candidate