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    Rohit Kumar Saw Array
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    What are the new rules for selecting optional subjects?

    Hello, I am a b.Sc. first year student. I am 17. I want to prepare for ias. I have some doubts regarding the new syllabi of upsc ias.I request you to help me. specially about rules for selecting the optional subjects.Thank You.

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    niks7 Array
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    Re: What are the new rules for selecting optional subjects?

    Dear Aspirant
    New pattern of UPSC allow you to select only one optional paper and it checks your aptitude towards civil services.
    Before selecting optional you keep in mind
    1)First go through 25 optionals given by UPSC
    2)Select which optionals given by UPSC interests you.
    3)You love studying that paper.
    4)You can solve question based on those paper you should natural willingness to study that paper
    5)Otherwise go through that paper which has more study materials available in market
    Never select your optionals based on following
    1)Your friend has selected it
    2)Your coaching institutes saying it is more scoring

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    afsana Array
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    Re: What are the new rules for selecting optional subjects?

    HI

    IAS post you had to crack the civil service exam conduct by upsc

    for preliminary test=concentrate on civics,geography,history,sociology ,general science,basic maths problems (10th level) and english language comprehension skills(10th level)

    preliminary test=

    -pa
    rt 1=contains 200 marks
    -part 2=contains 200 marks

    each part exam durations is 2 hrs.

    **if the candidate clear the preliminary test,then only allowed to appear for civil service exam


    -changes in the syllabus and scheme for main exam=

    -the main exam comprises of 7 papers in all.
    -now the students have to appear for just one optional subjects with 2 papers of 250 marks each
    -I)paper 1 contains 2 sections
    a)section 1=has essay of 200 marks
    b)section 2=have english comprehension and precis of 100 marks.

    general studies will have 4 papers of 250 marks each
    -II)PAPER 2= general studies (indian heritage and culture,history and geography of the world and society


    -III)paper 3=general studies of governance,constitution,polity,social justice,international relation

    -III)paper 4=general studies of technology,economic development,biodiversity,environment,security,disa ster management

    -IV)paper 5=general studies of ethics,integrity and aptitude.

    -V)Paper 6 and paper 7=optional subjects (250 marks each)

    -personality test=275 marks.


    ***CHOOSE THE SUBJECT WHICH YOU HAD ALREADY STUDIED IN YOUR GRADUATION,SO YOU WILL FEEL QUITE EASY TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM

    **YOU HAVE SYLLABUS,THEN PREPARE A TIME TABLE,FOLLOW IT

    WORK HARD,PRACTICE MODEL PAPERS AND KEEP YOUR MIND STABLE (RELAXED)..



    good luck

    thank you




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    Mohit Bansal Array
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    Re: What are the new rules for selecting optional subjects?

    dear aspirant,


    According to new rules of UPSC for Civil Services General Studies papers are given more weightage than optional subject. And now you have to choose only one optional subject from the list of optional subjects. And from now you can only select Language if you have done graduation in same language as your main subject.

    For the post of IAS UPSC Conduct Civil Services Exam. You can apply for Civil Services exam after or while appearing in final year of your graduation.

    As you said you are currently of 17 years. So you have 4 years left because you can't apply for the exam before 21 years. So keep preparing for Civil Services Exam.

    Civil Services exam constitutes three parts:
    1. CSAT(Prelims)
    2. Mains
    3. Interview

    Pattern For Prelims Exam:


    General Studies Paper - I 200 Marks
    General Studies Paper - II 200 Marks

    Pattern For Mains Exam:

    The written examination will consist of the following papers:
    Paper-I

    Section 1 Essay 200 Marks

    Section 2 English Comprehension 100 Marks
    & English Précis
    (Of Matriculation/ Xth standard
    level)

    Paper-II

    General Studies–I 250Marks
    (Indian Heritage and Culture,
    History and Geography of the World
    and Society)

    Paper-III

    General Studies –II 250 Marks
    (Governance, Constitution,
    Polity, Social Justice and
    International relations)

    Paper-IV

    General Studies –III 250 Marks
    (Technology, Economic Development,
    Bio-diversity, Environment, Security
    and Disaster Management)

    Paper-V

    General Studies –IV 250 Marks
    (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

    Paper-VI

    Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks

    Paper-VII

    Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks


    Sub Total (Written test) 1800 Marks

    Personality Test 275 Marks.

    Grand Total 2075 Marks




    Eligibility Criteria For Civil Services:

    >>you must have completed or appearing in final year of graduation.



    >>your age must be within 21 years to 30 years on 1 August of the year of exam. there is relaxation in upper age limit up to 3 years for OBC and 5 years for SC/ST candidates.


    Limit Number Of Attempts:


    >>General: 4 attempts
    >>OBC: 7 attempts
    >>SC/ST: No Limit


    Important dates of Civil Services exam in 2013:


    CSAT(Prelims):
    date of Notification:05.03.2013
    last date of receipt of application:04.04.2013
    date of exam:26.05.2013


    Mains:
    date of exam:01-12-2013




    UPSC also provide the facility to apply for the exam online on following official link of UPSC:
    http://upsconline.nic.in/


    Good Luck......

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