Dear UPSC, aspirants in the recent years there have been some major and minor changes made in the UNION PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSIONS examination pattern and syllabus.
At the moment the preliminary examination consists of two papers one that of objective that are the MCQ (multiple choice questions) carrying maximum marks of 450 marks. There has been no change in the number if attempts , age limit and examination pattern for preliminary examination in UPSC. The one paper of general studies paper and other subject of your choice like history and geography.
The UPSC has now adopted a new pattern that there will be no subject to choose from so that there will be no choice of subjects to choose from and this will make the UPSC syllabus same for everyone.
As per UPSC notification of 2011 for the Civil Services Examination there has been changes made to the pattern of Preliminary examination of UPSC . It consist of two papers of objective type questions which are multiple based answers carrying a maximum of 200 marks each paper. There are like 100 questions for the paper 1 and for paper 2 there are 80 questions. The questions papers are conducted in both set of languages in english and in hindi.
Preliminary examination have set this pattern to test the aptitude of the aspirants. UPSC has replaced the optional subject with that of the CSAT (CIVIL SERVICES APTITUDE TEST) in the prelims stage and looking forward to the trend since 2013 the number of questions have been increased with the shortfall in the word limit for the essays.
In 2014 no important changes made to that of the UPSC mains pattern except in the essay papers.
This UPSC pattern change allows a single marking system and there is no need of moderation as it was earlier as per the older syllabus. As for the preliminary examination of UPSC examination the new syllabus seems more fair.
The government has taken steps to take General Studies paper 2 as a qualifying subject in the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2017 in the preliminary examination and they shall continue to exclude English Language Comprehension from CSAT