UPSC Mains New Pattern Change 2013 - UPSC Mains Exam 2013 Pattern/Syllabus Changed - UPSC Mains Exam 2013 New Pattern & Syllabus

UPSC Mains New Pattern Change 2013 - UPSC Mains Exam 2013 Pattern/Syllabus Changed - UPSC Mains Exam 2013 New Pattern & Syllabus

We know that the results of Alagh Committee Report have already testified the second ARC Report. UPSC is only a year away from much talked about change in Mains Exam pattern of the most coveted exam of the Nation i.e. Civil Services Mains. This was informed to media by Chairman D P Agarwal in disguised tone saying, "Change is Inevitable". He also said, "UPSC has already constituted a panel to look into the matter. Its report is expected to come out early next year. It is most likely to be in effect from 2013." He was attending the felicitation function of Rajasthan Technical University, Kota on March 4, 2012.
It must be noted that the changes in the Prelim pattern have already been implemented in the year 2011 amid mixed reactions. Doing away with optional in prelims was welcomed by almost all the students but the introduction of new syllabus in the form of CSAT led to disappointments in some sections of aspirants. This surely helped the science and engineering graduates. humanities students had to bite the dust and adjust to the conditions. Another section which was disappointed with the CSAT was the set of people who had already made several unsuccessful attempts. Some of them even skipped the exam looking to save an attempt.
The Mains pattern change is sure to bring these kinds of of reactions. This time however, UPSC is looking to level the playing field for everyone. There will be backlashes from the people who have written the exam under old pattern because of their difficulty to adjust. On the whole, the change is going to bring more equality, rationality and simplicity to the Civil Services(UPSC) Exams.

Why in 2013 only and not 2012?
As informed by the Chairman DP Agarwal, two successive committees (Alagh committee and 2nd ARC) have recommended the pattern change in clear terms. These reports are already out in public. Since there is very small time gap for the 2012 exam, it is neither prudent nor practical to rush the change right away. Moreover, a high level panel has been set-up to finalize the details of new syllabus and pattern in December, 2011. From the tone of UPSC Chairman, it is almost certain that he wants to see it implemented as soon as possible.

What will be the magnitude of change?
The details of the subjects have not been finalized yet. Therefore, any data which is available on this subject will be based on speculations. One thing is certain though, that the optional subjects will be phased out of the exam. The suggestion about removing of optional subjects date back to 2008 when second Administrative Reforms Committee presented its report. Second ARC had suggested that UPSC should only keep two compulsory GS papers and an essay paper for Mains Examination. It also suggested that there should not be any optional subject.
Current Mains pattern consists of 2 General Studies Papers and 4 optional subjects Papers (2 each). These 6 papers constitute 1800 marks (300 by 6). there is an Essay Paper and Personal Interview as well of 200 and 300 marks each. These all constitute 2300 Marks. There is also a qualifying paper in an Indian Language.
The estimates say that the pattern will be similar to the General Studies but the number of papers will be increased and every subject of GS will form a separate paper in new format. The table below will give you an idea of the new and old pattern of Mains Exam.
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OLD PATTERN MAINS PAPERS  
NEW PATTERN MAINS PAPERS  
STATUS  
GENERAL STUDIES I
CURRENT EVENTS OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE
-changed-
GENERAL STUDIES II
INDIAN CULTURE & HISTORY
-changed-
FIRST OPTIONAL I
GEOGRAPHY OF INDIA
-changed-
FIRST SUBJECT II
INDIAN ECONOMY
-changed-
SECOND OPTIONAL I
GENERAL SCIENCE
-changed-
SECOND OPTIONAL II
INDIAN POLITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
-changed-
ESSAY
ESSAY
-same-
INDIAN LANGUAGE
INDIAN LANGUAGE
-same-
PERSONAL NTERVIEW
PERSONAL INTERVIEW
-same
UPSC MAINS - EXPECTED PATTERN FROM 2013
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