UPSC announces syllabus for Civil Services exam

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New Delhi, Oct 19: Students who are aspiring to write Civil Services exam, the UPSC has come up with new format, as there will be no optional paper in the civil services preliminary examination from 2011.

Candidates will have to sit for two compulsory papers that will cover subjects like Indian polity, governance and communication skills.

The preliminary examination would have two papers. Paper I and Paper II with 200 marks and to be completed in two hours each, an official release said.

Paper I include current events of national and international importance, history of India and Indian national movement, Indian and World geography- physical, social, economic geography of India and the world.

The second paper will have subjects like general science, interpersonal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision making and problem solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. (Class X level).

Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc Class X level), English language comprehension skills (Class X level) will also be included in the Paper II.

Till to this date, Paper I of the Prelims gave a candidate the option of choosing a subject while Paper II was a general knowledge test common for all. Both the papers had objective-type questions with multiple choices.

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