Notification of UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) 2015 is now published. The date of Prelims exam for 2015 is 23rd August. This year there are approximately 1129 vacancies (which is around 150 less vacancies than last year).
When can the candidates start applying for the exam?
Candidates can only apply online for the exam from 23rd May 2015. The last day to apply online is 19th June, 2015. UPSC Civil Services Exam notification 2015 can be downloaded from the following link:
UPSC Exam Notification 2015: Download Now
Changes made by UPSC in the Exam Pattern in ’15:
As you were notified by PrepLadder earlier, GS- Paper II (commonly known as CSAT) is now a qualifying exam. This means you must qualify GS- Paper II with 33% marks so that the Paper-I gets evaluated. The marks scored in CSAT will not contribute to the merit list of the Prelims.
Paper-I will be of 200 marks
Paper-II will also be of 200 marks
The merit list will be out of 200 marks only because marks in Paper-I only will be counted, once the candidate scores 33% in Paper-II.
- Paper-II will get tougher since it is now a qualifying exam of Prelims.
- A lot of students in the merit list will share the same marks and hence the competition gets tighter.
There is good news for non-English candidates:
The English Language comprehension skill portion from GS Paper-II of Civil Services Exam will remain excluded. There is no mention about the English language comprehension (without Hindi translation) in Prelims 2015 notification.
2nd Chance is given to those candidates who attempted CSE in 2011
Any candidate who finished the number of attempts permissible by UPSC but attempted UPSC CSE exam in 2011 will get one more additional attempt in UPSC CSE 2015.
With all the changes, we hope that the students have started adapting their CSE preparation strategy. Students have spent almost 10 months studying and less than 100 days are left for the actual exam! But are you sure that all this hardwork will pay off?