12 Things to Know Before Appearing for Civil Services (Prelims) Examination

Posted: February 21, 2013 in CIVIL SERVICE
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Civil Services (Prelim) Examination (CSP) is also popularly known as Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). However UPSC still refers exam as Civil Services (Prelim) Examination (CSP). Here I represent 12 important thins that you should know before appearing in civil Services (Prelims) Examination.

1. : This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
2. : The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts.
3. : Only those candidates who are declared by the UPSC to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
4. : The Civil Services (Prelim) Examination consists of two compulsory General Studies papers of 200 marks each.
5. : Each paper will be of two hours (120 minutes for each paper) duration. Blind candidates will however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper.
6. : Both question papers will be of objective type, multiple choice questions with one correct or most appropriate answer.
7. : It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.
8. : The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
9. : There will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question papers except some of the questions where the negative marking will be in built in the form of different marks being awarded to most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.
10. : There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
11. : If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.
12. : If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
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