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IAS 2013 Exam New Pattern/Format and Syllabus

New IAS 2013 Exam pattern, Syllabus and discussion. What are the changes in IAS 2013 | New Exam Pattern for IAS 2013 | IAS 2013 Marks pattern/format.

IAS ( Indian Administrative Services) of Civil Services are the combined written exam conducted by the UPSC. There has been changes in the IAS 2013 Exam format/pattern.

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In a significant move, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved the changes in civil services exam pattern. Now, the new format will give more weightage to General Studies. Implementation of these changes will affect the fate of over four lakh civil service aspirants looking to take the exam this year.

So far, the examination has General Studies Paper I and II of 300 marks each, including Compulsory and Optional subjects. As per the new changes, both the general studies papers will have more weightage.

The new pattern aims to decrease the importance of optional subjects and increase focus on general studies. This will reduce any advantage a candidate could have over highly scoring subjects being taken as optional papers.  General studies have about 50% weightage while optional subject about 25%.

Papers in the main examination:

  • Essay and language papers (same as before)
  • Four papers of general studies (earlier two)
  • Two papers of optional subject (earlier four papers in two subjects)

New Mains exam pattern:

Essay 200 marks
Comprehension 100 marks
General studies 1000 marks
Papers in optional subject 500 marks
Personality test 275 marks
Total (mains & personality test) 2075 marks 

The government had been keen on having an overhaul of the Civil Services exams after it introduced Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in 2011.

Aspirants make way into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and others through the Civil Services, which is a three-tier examination scheme. The first is the preliminary exam, an objective-type exam which serves as a screening test. Those who clear this are entitled to appear for the subjective-type main examination. About one-fifth of those who take the main examination are called for a personality test.

The panel headed by former UGC chairman Arun S Nigvekar had recommended doing away with the optional subjects, and replacing these with compulsory papers.

In an effort to make the exam even more relevant with the present day, UPSC may soon allow candidates to take the exams in languages not included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or in English.

Please check official website too : http://www.upsc.gov.in/exams/notifications/2013/csp_ifs/index.htm

Please comment below and discuss with other candidates about the new IAS 2013 format .

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  1. shubham malviya

    its shows nice way to mordan students……

  2. Shubham i agree it is actually a very nice platform and a very informative post to help new budding aspirants like me :) Thanks for the blog !!! Would love to read more about ias exam preparation…
    And also can u tell me should i enroll in online studying for ias like this ias video course i found online ?

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