Based on the recommendations of ‘Kothari Committee’ report, the current system of recruitment to the civil services was adopted by Union Public Service Commission in 1979, more than three decades back.
The selection process involves 3 stages of examinations; Preliminary Examination, Main Examination (Written) & Interview (Personality Test).
It has seen some modifications time to time like bringing back Essay paper, increase in Interview marks and introduction of Negative Marking in Prelims and periodic change in syllabus etc. and has stood the test of the times.
Now, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on October 18, 2010 announced some significant changes in the scheme of Civil Services Examination 2011.
This includes the statements about the decision of Government of India to introduce change in the pattern of the Preliminary Examination with Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). The pattern and frame-work of syllabus for the coming Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2011 were released.
It has been made clear that no changes are being introduced at this stage in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test in the scheme of Civil Services Examination (CSE).
Looking at the magnitude and importance of this examination it is still considered to be the biggest, fair and effective examination for selection and recommending the most suitable candidates for these posts.
The notification for the 2011 examination is planned for February 19, 2011 and the first phase of the examination, Prelims is scheduled for June 12, 2011.
The notification for the Civil Services Examination appears in all leading newspapers and Employment News.