Exam Updates Notification

Key Points : CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAM. 2017 Notification

Some Key Points from the Notification:

  • Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website
  • The online Applications can be filled up to 17th March, 2017 till 6:00 PM. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination.
  • Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Services and Posts  will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on 18th June, 2017.
  • The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is expected to be approximately 980 which include 27 vacancies reserved for P.H. Category.
  • Allotment of Centres will be on the “first-apply-first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen
  • The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained.
  • The Main Examination is likely to be held in October, 2017.
  • A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2017 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1985 and not later than 1st August, 1996.
  • Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH Candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs. 100/-
  • The Online applications (Part I and II) can be filled from 22nd February, 2017 to 17th March, 2017 till 18:00 Hrs.
  • Candidates are strongly advised to apply online well in time without waiting for the last date for submission of Online Applications.

Read the Full Notification Here


Exam Updates Notification

Notification OUT: INDIAN FOREST SERVICE (PREL.) EXAM. 2017 through CS(P) Exam. 2017

Here is the Notification for INDIAN FOREST SERVICE (PREL.) EXAM. 2017 through CS(P) Exam. 2017.


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  • Candidates are required to apply online only by using the website
  • The Online Applications can be filled up to 17th March, 2017 till 18.00 Hours.
  • The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website [] for downloading by candidates.

Note : As per the information received from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, 1 vacancy has been kept reserved for Low Vision category and 2 vacancies have been kept reserved Hearing Impaired category. However the vacancies indicated are liable to further alteration.


Exam Updates Notification


Notification for CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAM. 2017 has come. 

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The Online Applications can be filled up to 17th March, 2017 till 18.00 Hours.  The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website [] for downloading by candidates.

Read the Notification carefully!



Exam Updates Notification

Notification: Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2017

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has issued a notification announcing examination date and procedure for applying for Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2017 on its official website.

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Around 44 posts in Indian Economic Service (15 posts), and Indian Statistical Service (29 posts) would be filled through the Exam.

The last date to apply for the examination is March 3, 2017.

The Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination will be conducted in two stages:

1) Written exam (1000 marks)

2) Viva voce (200 marks).

Note: Candidates are required to apply online only by using the website


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Clarification by UPSC: Essay Topic, UPSC Civil Services Exam 2016- ‘If development is not engendered, it is endangered’

Dear Friends,

Candidates who appeared UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Essay Paper, 2016 were in confusion regarding one Essay Topic- ‘If development is not engendered, it is endangered‘.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor sought a response from UPSC regarding the same. UPSC has replied to Dr. Shashi Tharoor clarifying that different acceptable interpretations would be considered by evaluators of UPSC mains-2016 Essay Paper.

What Really Happened?

One of the Essay topics in UPSC CSE-2016 Essay Test was ‘If development is not engendered, it is endangered’. This had created confusion in the minds of candidates regarding the meaning of engendered. Some students took the literal meaning of the word endangered, some took otherwise.

Different acceptable interpretations would now be considered by UPSC 🙂

Click Here to Download the Clarification  by UPSC

Click Here To Download the UPSC Mains 2016 Essay Question Paper


Exam Updates News Notification

NEWS : UPSC Releases Civil Services 2017 Calendar – Important Dates

The Union Public Service Commission has released the calendar for 2017. Wide ranging changes in the examination calendar have been made in the 2017 Calendar

Important Dates

Event This Year (2016) CSE 2017 Comments
Date of Notification (CSE + IFS) 27 April, 2016 February 22, 2017 The Notification is earlier this year to complete the process early and hold Prelims in June
Last Date to Submit Application 27 May, 2016 March 17, 2017
Prelims Examination August 7, 2017 June 18, 2017 This will leave less time for Prelims Examination. Candidates will have to gear up early for Prelims.
CSE Mains Examination December 3, 2017 October 28, 2017 You will have 4 months and ten days to prepare for the Mains after Prelims. You will get 2 Weeks more to prepare for the exam.
IFS Mains Examination November 12, 2017 December 3, 2017 For IFS this means very tough competition in Mains. Mostly candidates writing IFS are also writing CSE Mains, and prepare for IFS in a limited time. But from next year, candidates will have more than 1 month to exclusively to prepare for IFS. This should raise the bar for IFS as candidates are likely to be better prepared.


What it means for IFS Aspirants

For IFS aspirants, it means below things –

  • You get more time – one month extra – to prepare IFS Examination
  • Competition for IFS will get tougher as better candidates will have extra one month to prepare.
  • Competition may also toughen because many CSE aspirants do not fill up for IFS so that they can exclusively focus on CS Mains. The number of serious applicants for IFS is likely to go up because of  this .

What it means for IAS aspirants

  • It is good that the Calendar is available now. For IAS aspirants, an extra of 14 days between the Prelims and Mains is a boon. Boon because you get 14 extra days. This should especially help first timers.
  • Prelims preparation will have to be begun earlier than usual.

Download UPSC 2017 Examination Calendar


Discussions on UPSC Calendar 2017




Exam Updates Notification

RTI: Expert Committee formed to revise Eligibility, Scheme & Pattern for CSE

RTI Reply by UPSC on Pattern Change

In a reply to an RTI filed by ForumIAS Members, UPSC has clarified on September 21 the below things:-

1). UPSC has resolved to constitute an expert committee to look into the eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of UPSC examination.

2). The members of the committee shall be :-

a). Sri B.S. Baswan
b). Shri B N Navalawala
c). Dr. Hari Pratap Gautam
d). D. Anil Sahasrabudhe
e). Prof. Peter Ronal deSouza
f). Prof. B Mahadevan
g). Shri M.P. Tangirala, Additional Secy ( Examination ) , UPSC

The Committee’s mandate & Analysis: [What it means to you]

Point 1: Effectiveness of the pattern – The committee will evaluate the effectiveness of the existing scheme of examination, after reviewing recommendations of previous committees, in selecting suitable candidates keeping in mind factors like:-

  • Need for inclusiveness in selection process, fair mix of candidates from different disciplines,
  • Skill -sets commensurate with the modern times which require an efficient & effective civil service
  • Trainability of the selected candidates

Key points here are,

  • Need for inclusiveness
  • fair mix of candidates

From the past few years, students from the engineering and medical streams have increasingly ruled the UPSC exam. Success rate of candidates from medical & engineering backgrounds has indeed been very high. Committee might recommend some changes to the pattern, to select a fair amount of candidates from each stream and eliminate this dominance of few specific streams.

Neither a veteran nor a fresher will be too much affected by any changes introduced under this point because pattern in any case will not be changed drastically. They might reduce the weightage of aptitude further.

Point 2: Examination of current pattern

  • Whether there is a need for prescribing different papers for selection to different services covered under this exam – Service specific papers might be introduced. Like Pub-ad for IAS & Law for the IPS aspirants. In such a case, a fresher and a veteran who has not read such subject previously will be affected as they would have to read the entire subject from the beginning. Those candidates who have read such subjects during their graduation or as a part of their optional preparation would have  considerable advantage over the others.
  • The number of papers in each stage – Number wont matter that much as the type of the papers. Optionals might be removed but until a decision is made one should keep preparing his optional to avoid any last minute debacles.
  • Mix of compulsory and optional subjects – A process where each candidate has to prepare a specific set of compulsory papers has been widely discussed. If implemented it would help create a proverbial level playing field for this exam. There has been rumors, suggesting that Pub-Ad might be included in this list of compulsory subjects. In my opinion, any subject introduced under this scheme will favour a certain number of candidates. Namely those who have studied it earlier. So both, freshers and veterans who haven’t will suffer a dis-advantage.
  • Their structure i.e. Objective or subjective – Any change introduced here wont affect candidates much as aspirants giving UPSC are accustomed to both the styles.
  • Duration of papers – The Mains exam has been deemed by few candidates as unfair in terms of duration of exam. So, any change introduced to increase the duration will be welcomed by both the veterans and freshers alike.
  • Broad areas to be covered in each paper – This point relates to overall syllabus. Any changes addition or reduction of the syllabus will have to be dealt equally by all the candidates.
  • Medium of the exam – According to data released by the UPSC, the number of non-English medium candidates appearing in the Civil Service exams in 2008 was (5,082), in 2009(4,839), in 2010 (4,156) and in 2011 (1,682), showing a trend of gradual decline.

The number of candidates who wrote in Hindi medium in 2008 was 5,082. This number fell to 1682 in 2011.  In Telugu language 117 candidates wrote the exam in 2008, this number fell to 29 in 2011.  In Tamil language 98 candidates wrote the exam in 2008, their number fell to 14 in 2011. In Kannada language 14 candidates wrote the exam in 2008, this number fell to 5 in 2011.

On the contrary the number of English-medium candidates has sharply increased during 2008- 2011 period. The percentage of English medium candidate in 2008 was (50.57%), in 2009 (54.50%) in 2010, (62.23%) and in 2011 (82.93%).

The final results also indicate the falling numbers of the Hindi and vernacular medium candidates. So, taking cognizance of the above facts, committee might recommend changes to create a level playing field for Hindi & vernacular medium candidates. Any positive changes introduced shall be welcomed by both the freshers and veterans of the Hindi/Vernacular medium.

  • Marking scheme, Weightage of marks & evaluation system – Any changes introduced here will equally affect both veterans and the freshers.
  • To make the exam pattern holistic & free of any inherent bias against any candidate from any stream subject, language or region – All the changes talked above, if implemented shall result in a bias free and impartial exam process.

Point 3: Shortening the duration of the exam – Aspirants have complained regarding the time consuming and lengthy exam process, again and again. Committee’s decision to shorten the time duration would bring much needed respite to the candidates, both fresher & veterans alike.

Any changes made to the reserve and waiting list mechanism shall benefit the candidates who have hopes of getting a seat but are left in limbo and confusion due to ambiguous rules.

Point 4: Suitable time-frame: This is the most important step in my opinion as an unclear time-frame only creates speculation and confusion. A pre-set time period to implement the revised pattern shall give rest to mindless speculations. It will help many aspirants to plan their preparations accordingly.

Point 5: Eligibility criteria: The most controversial and discussed topic is the eligibility criteria.

  • Minimum & Maximum age limits, Number of attempts– Age limits & number of attempts have been relaxed since 2014. The question bothering everyone & esp the veterans who have crossed 30 is whether or not this relaxation shall continue. The decision to lower the age limit by 4 years was of the UPA government. Current government has categorically stated that it does not intend to follow up on UPAs policy. In November 2014 the current govt refused to lower the age limits for the UPSC exam. Moreover, any changes in the age & attempts which affects prospects of thousand and lakhs of candidates of the voting age shall not be without any political repercussions.  We can only hope that such radical policy changes. If, at all are implemented, they should be phased , giving enough time to the veterans and freshers alike to align their preparations with the new policy. This age change eligibility should not be via the Prelims Notification and at least 1 year forewarning should be given to aspirants, if attempts at age reduction happen.


  • Review of eligibility criteria of already selected candidates who wish to re-appear for the exam – This point shall affect those who are resolute to better their ranks to get IAS. Except for IAS & IFS (Indian Foreign Service), one can re-appear for the civil services exam. Once selected for IAS or IFS, one is not entitled to write the exam again unless he quits the service first.


  • However, with large number of IPS and IRS people writing the exam, and migrating to IAS ( This year we had record number of IRS probationers qualifying for IAS ) , the departments – revenue and Police have created roadblocks, if not completely prohibited their existing cadre  in IRS and IPS  from writing the exam again.  In absence of a clear cut policy, such department level roadblocks are unfair to the person affected.  Such a clearly define policy is needed.

Point 6: Periodic updation of syllabus:

Committee will suggest a system to design & periodically update syllabus of each paper while considering following things,

  • Unitization of syllabus
  • proper coverage of content
  • Balance across subject papers

The above measures shall ensure,

  • The syllabus is comprehensive
  • Up-to-date
  • Suitable for a competitive evaluation of the candidates


Point 7: Review of logistical requirements & constraints: Half the number of candidates do not even appear for the preliminary exam. Keeping in mind the above fact the committee after reviewing the logistical requirements & constraints shall suggest relevant improvements.

Candidates who reside in rural areas and face difficulties in reaching the far away centers would welcome this step wholeheartedly as their precious time and energy is wasted during long journey to reach their examination centers.

With CAT and now IIT also computer based, will UPSC move to a computer based examination system?

Point 8: The committee can also examine,

  • Any other matter which it considers relevant to the process of selection, or
  • any other matter which may be referred to it by the government or the commission

Point 9: Assistance from professionals & institutions: The committee may take help from experts, institutions & academic professionals as it may consider necessary, in consultation with the commission.

Point 10: Timeline of report submission: The committee shall file its report within 6 months of its constitution.

Changes if any in the exam pattern, if recommended by the Committee, will hopefully, only take place after due deliberation – and not randomly like this year – by a last minute notification. In times of so many changes brought in UPSC – and in fact – in our times, we can only hope that aspirants should be made aware of changes at least one year ahead, much before the Prelims Notification – especially in the case of age reduction or attempt reduction.

Aspirants commit a minimum of 1.5 years in UPSC prep, and last minute changes disrupt the whole plan.

Also, any steps that UPSC may take in the direction of reducing the time taken for the entire exam cycle will be very relieving .

Lastly, kindly check the link below for latest update on this issue by the pib,

Snapshots of the RTI reply,

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Should not UPSC forewarn Students at least 1 year in advance in case of any decision on eligibility, attempts and age, or should it be done via the Prelims Notification – barely 2 months before the exam? What do you think?


Download:Civil Services Mains 2014 Admit Card, No change in Exam Date

UPSC has released the Civil Services Mains 2014 Admit Card at 11:00 AM today. The UPSC Mains 2014 can be downloaded from the UPSC website. The link for UPSC website for downloading Main 2014 Admit card is given below.

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  •  Also take print out of the instructions that come before and you are asked to accept that you have printed the instructions.
  • There is no change in exam dates.

The Paper will begin with Essay Paper on Day 1, followed by GS 1 & 2 and then a one day break followed by GS III and GS IV.

You have one day break also right before your optional paper.

On the last date , you have Indian Language Paper – (Hindi for most people.)

Best of luck, folks

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