There are several candidates who appear for UPSC Civil service exam. Candidates really work hard to crack this exam as it is one of the most prestigious exams conducted by Govt. of India.
This exam is conducted in two phases: Prelims and Mains which is followed by an interview.
The Prelims exam includes two objective type papers. These have multiple choice questions and each paper is of 200 marks. So, the Prelims exam is of 400 marks. Time allocated for each paper is 2 hours. The main objective of this exam is to shortlist the candidates for Mains. The marks obtained in Prelims are not taken into consideration while preparing final merit list.
Then come the Mains exam. It is the most crucial part of entire examination process. It comprises of 9 papers (subjective). Out of these 9 papers, two are qualifying papers (300 marks each). The remaining 7 papers are as follows:
GS Paper I-IV
Essay Paper and
Optional Paper I-II.
Each of these 7 papers carries 250 marks. And, only the total marks obtained in these 7 papers are considered while preparing merit list.
Now comes the final round, that is, the interview (also called as Personality test). Those students who qualify the Mains are called for this round. In this round, the candidate is interviewed by the panel and emphasis is on examining the reasoning abilities and moral integrity of the candidate. The panel has the Detailed Application Form, filled by the candidate. It has all the information about the candidate and his career goals, as filled by the candidate. The panel uses this information to examine the overall personality of the candidate.
After all the rounds are completed, the result is declared. Mostly, the result is declared within 2 weeks after the final interview round is completed. After the result is declared, the separate and combined cut-off marks are declared for Prelims and Mains. Soon after the declaration of cut-off marks, the mark sheets are dispatched to the qualified candidates only. The mark sheet has much more detailed information about the scores of Prelims and Mains and Personality test. And, then at last, UPSC releases the answer key for Prelims exam.
Now after this phase, there are some changes made in the further process of allocating the cadre and Foundation training.
The change in Service/Cadre allocation process:
Till now, the service allocation/cadre allocation was decided by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) based on the merit list and then the candidates were sent to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) for Foundation training.
However, as per the latest amendment in this process, it is proposed that service/cadre allocation should be done after the Foundation Training. And, the service /cadre allocation will be done, based on the combined score obtained in Foundation training and Civil Services exam.
After registration for Foundation training, candidates are sent to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (Mussoorie). During their training, they come to know about their duties, responsibilities and their powers.