Today UPSC has published official notification for civil services(Preliminary) examination  to be conducted on August 23, 2015.

Now it is official that only marks scored in General Studies paper – 1 will be considered in Preliminary exam to determine one’s eligibility to write Mains exam. Whereas General Studies paper – 2 (CSAT) is made qualifying – which means, one must score minimum marks in this paper too i.e. 33% to qualify for Mains but whose marks won’t be considered to finalise the list of candidates eligible to write Mains exam.

“The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.”

Other highlights:

1) Number of questions will be 100 ( there was rumour that number questions would be increased) in General Studies Paper – 1 and each paper is for 200 Marks

2) Irrespective of age, those who had given 2011 exam are given one more chance to write this exam in 2015

3) Optional are not removed

4) Number of vacancies is 1129

5) Exam is NOT postponed. It will be held on 23 August 2015


We will soon come up with Strategy for Preliminary exam – 2015.

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