Prime Minister approves changes in UPSC Civil Services
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday approved the new format for the
Civil Services exams, which will give more weightage to general studies.
The decision came in on the recommendation of a Committee constituted by the
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the examination annually.
At present, the civil services (main) examination has general
studies Paper I and II of 300 marks each, including compulsory and optional
subjects, but as per the new changes, both the general studies papers will have
The report of the Committee, under the chairmanship of Prof. Arun S.
Nigavekar, former chairman, UGC, was examined by the Department of Personnel and
Training, and then put up before the Prime Minister for final approval.
"The new format has been by and large approved by the PM. A notification will
soon be issued," said P. K. Misra, DoPT Secretary.
V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public
Grievances and Pensions, had in a written reply to Rajya Sabha, said the UPSC
had suggested certain changes in the existing scheme of civil services (main)
examination to make it more relevant with the present day, on the basis of the
report of the committee. (ANI)