The academic year begins on a good note for Civil Services aspirants. Four months after Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh approved the Union Public Service Commission’s proposal to replace the preliminary examination by an aptitude test, the government has now finalised the details of the new examination.
During the last one decade, the existing pattern of CSE conducted by UPSC has been criticized widely on the grounds of irrelevancy and inadequacy. To rectify the loopholes into recruitment pattern UPSC appointed several committees. All these committees and commissions have recommended reform in the current pattern.
As per the Chairman of UPSC, Prof. D P Agrawal, Civil Service Aptitude Test will replace the existing Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. The PT is to have two objective type papers that are common to all candidates. The emphasis is on testing the aptitude of the candidate for the demanding life in the civil service, as well as on ethical and moral dimensions of decision-making.
This aptitude test will be designed to assess the ability of the candidate including mental alertness, power of assimilation, clear and logical expression, balanced judgment, ability to lead, coordinate and guide etc.
Aptitude Test will include-
• Quantitative Aptitude
• Data Interpretation & Sufficiency
• Verbal and non verbal reasoning
• Verbal ability
• Reading ability
• Awareness of science, current affairs
• Awareness of Administration
UPSC wants to implement the new pattern from 2010 but the only reason for a delay in notification is the yet to be given green signal from the Union Government. All things considered the scales are in favor for the aspirants. Therefore, regardless of an official declaration they have already started preparing for the test and have accepted the change with an open mind.