Union Public Services Examination (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Examination in India every year. The selection process comprises three stages i.e. prelims, mains, and interview. The prelims exam is conducted for two papers namely General Studies Paper I and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). CSAT is also called General Studies Paper II. It is a qualifying paper wherein candidates are required to score 33% marks to pass the exam. The mark obtained in this section is not considered for preparing the merit list. Although it is a qualifying paper, many candidates still fail to clear this exam. Perhaps it is because of their educational background.
General Studies Paper II is conducted to test the candidate’s knowledge related to Aptitude, English Language, Reasoning, etc. Most of the candidates who fail this exam face difficulties in handling the aptitude and English language questions. On the other hand, the candidates studying Mathematics in 12th or graduation can easily solve the questions. A total of eighty objective-type questions are asked in the exam for two hundred marks. The exam is conducted in the second shift from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM for two hours. Candidates have to score a minimum of 66 marks to pass this exam. There is a provision of negative marking in which ⅓ marks are deducted for each wrong answer. On the other hand, for each correct answer, 2.5 marks are awarded.
How to become an IAS Affairs?
There is a clear question in the mind of a candidate who wants to appear for the Civil Services Exam i.e. how to become an IAS officer. Well if we look at the past, there are many candidates who have qualified for this exam in one go. On the contrary, there are candidates who have passed the exam after several attempts and some are not able to pass even after trying multiple times. Candidates belonging to General and OBC categories can write the exam only six and nine times respectively whereas there is no such limit for SC/ ST candidates. There are a number of online platforms that are providing guidance and materials to crack this exam. So, things are now easier than earlier if we talk about the availability of the study material and proper guidance.
As discussed above, there are three stages in the selection process. It is said that everything under the sun is important for this exam. That is why this exam is very dynamic and creates a lot of challenges for the candidates. The questions can be asked from any topics from the subjects that are mentioned in the syllabus. They have to qualify for all the three-stage separately to become an IAS officer. After completion of the three stages, the concerned authorities prepare the merit list. The merit list is prepared based on the marks obtained by the candidates in each stage. After selection, candidates are sent for training at specific locations on the basis of their job profile.