Civil Services Exam Pattern is very important for an IAS aspirant to know in beforehand to succeed. From may 2014 onwards Union Public Service Commission will issue notification for Civil Service Examination. The Civil Services Exam Pattern is as follows:
|Examination||Month of Conducting Exam (in General)||Subject||Total Marks|
Marks obtained in the Preliminary Examinations are not included in the marks fixed for the Main Examination and Interview
Marks of Compulsory English and Indian Language are also not included in the marks (1750+275=2025) fixed for the Main Examination and Interview. The final selection is based on marks obtained by the candidate in the Main Examination and Interview.
|Civil Services New Mains Format|
|Paper A||(One of the Indian languages listed below, to be selected by the candidate (from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India) (Qualifying)||300|
|Paper B||English (Qualifying)||300|
|Paper II||General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society)||250|
|Paper III||General Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice and international relations)||250|
|Paper IV||General Studies III (Technology, economic development, bio-diversity, environment, security and disaster management)||250|
|Paper V||General Studies IV(ethics, integrity and aptitude)||250|
|Optional Paper I||One paper on subject to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks)|
|Optional Paper II||One paper on subject to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks)|
|Sub Total (Written Test)||1750|
|Personality Test (Interview)||275|
Officially called the "Personality Test", the objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to evaluate the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of a candidate's intellectual qualities, social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, and intellectual and moral integrity.
The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination, but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation that is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
The interview is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidate, which has been already tested through written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study, but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of all well-educated youth.