49% of candidates appeared in Civil Services Prelims Exam
4.65 lakh candidates today appeared for civil services preliminary examination
across the country.
"There were no untoward incidents reported from any of the centre in the
country," Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Secretary Ashim Khurana told
A total of 4,65,882 candidates took the civil services preliminary
examination this year as compared to 4,51,602 examinees last year, an increase
by 14,280, he said.
As against a record number of 9,45,908 candidates who have applied for the
exam, 6,81,549 of them had downloaded their e-admit card, Khurana said.
Out of these candidates, 4,65,882 candidates took the examination, which is
about 49 per cent of the total candidates who had applied, he said.
The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC
annually in three stages-- preliminary, main and interview --to select
candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign
Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
The preliminary examination consists of two papers-- Paper I and Paper II of
two hours duration each. The first paper began at 9:30 AM and second started at
There were 2,186 venues in 71 centres (or cities) across the country.
Courtesy: Indian Express