MCQs: Rationale behind adopting such pattern in Preliminary Examination

In Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, Objective Type, Multiple Choice Questions are asked.

These questions check aspirant’s knowledge, their ability to recall facts and figures, verify their skills to evaluate given information or to make sure aspirant’s capacity to apply accumulated knowledge to the given situation.


 By:      On Thursday 8th June 2017

UPSC aims to select and recommend the candidates with intellect, knowledge and integrity for the post of 'Civil Servants'.

Now, with two compulsory papers having multiple choice questions (MCQs) a more transparent, highly effective process is in place.

In the evolving environment, as a recruitment agency UPSC has adopted a sustainable approach to handle ever-increasing number of aspirants thus has imposed trust in aptitude based timed test so that their performance can be evaluated speedily with help of technology.

To select a few thousand successful candidates out of approx. 9-10 lakh applicants, this Preliminary examination can be viewed as elimination process.

Objective type papers, based on Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), are prepared scientifically.

As has been observed, a large number of candidates with adequate knowledge and preparation fail to perform in Preliminary examination as they are not able to understand the UPSC’s intent.

Answering multiple choice questions (MCQs) is an art. So, it becomes necessary to understand the answering techniques and the methods needed to answer different kinds of MCQs.

Objective type questions checks aspirant’s ability to recall facts and figures, verify their skills to evaluate given information or to make sure aspirant’s capacity to apply accumulated knowledge to the given situation.

The question papers are crafted in such intricate manner that assess aspirant’s basic understanding of the given subject and clarity about concepts, evolving issues and even the latest developments is adequate or not.

So, to face coming Preliminary Examination effectively, prepare well and practice a lot.

Last Update Thursday 8th June 2017

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