Prospectus on Upsc Essay
Prospectus on Upsc
ABOUT CIVIL SERVICES
The Civil Services Exam popularly known as IAS Exam is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) every year. It is a combined exam to recruit officers into Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Audit and Accounts Services, Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) and several other GROUPA&GROUP B Central services. All India Services officers i.e., IAS and IPS officers are given state cadres after the selection. The cadre controlling authority of IAS is Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances, Government of India. The IPS cadre is controlled by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Overall, the IAS officers as District Collectors play a major role in the administration of the country.
LIST OF CIVIL SERVICES FOR WHICH COMBINED EXAMINATION IS HELD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Indian Administrative Service. Indian Foreign Service. Indian Police Service. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) Group ‘A’ Indian Defiance Accounts Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Revenue Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’. Post of Assistant Security Officer, Group ‘A’ in Railway Protection Force. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’. Indian Trade Service, Group “A” (GR.III) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A” Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’ Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’ Pondicherry Civil Services Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’
Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
1. Minimum Educational Qualifications : Graduation in any discipline from a UGC recognized University. Students in final year of graduation are also eligible forthe exam. The eligibility of being graduate is required atthe time of filling Mains form. 2. Age limit: GENERAL : 21 to 30 YEARS O.B.C. : 21 to 33 YEARS (Non-creamy Layer) SC/ST : 21 to 35 YEARS Note: Age is calculated as on 1st August of the year of the examination. 3. Number of attempts allowed:
GENERAL : 4 attempts O.B.C. : 7 attempts (Non-creamy Layer) SC/ST : Up to 35 years of age
Stages of Examination: (1) Prelims (1) Prelims : • This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. • From the year 2013 onwards the Civil Services (Prelim) Exams shall serve as the Screening Test for both the Civil Services as well as the Indian Forest Service Examinations. • Candidates will be asked to exercise their option to either choose Civil Services or Indian Forest Service or both, as per their eligibility conditions. • Combined Prelim Exams for Civil Services & Indian Forest Service, 2014 shall be held on 24th August, 2014.(NOTE:- The dates of Notification, commencement and duration of Examinations are liable to alteration by UPSC. (2) Mains (Written): • • Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for
admission to the Main Examination. Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts. Civil Services Mains (Written Examination), 2014 shall commence from 14th December, 2014. Indian Forest Service Mains (Written Examination), 2014 shall commence from 22nd November, 2014.(NOTE:- The dates of Notification, commencement and duration of Examinations are liable to alteration by UPSC. (2) Mains (Written) (3) Mains (Interview)
(3) Mains (Interview): • • Candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for interview for a Personality Test. Candidates who are selected in the Mains Written Examination will be eligible to appear before the Interview Board at New Delhi. It is usually held by the UPSC in March & April.
Syllabi for the Examination: I. Prelims: Paper I(General Studies) (200 marks) – Duration: Two Hours • Current events of national and international importance. • History of India and Indian national movement. • Indian and World Geography- physical, social, economic geography of India and the world. • Indian Polity and governance – constitution, political system, panchayati raj, public policy, Rights issues, etc. • Economic and social development – sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc. • General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change-that do not require subject specialization. • General science. Paper II(CSAT) (200 marks) – Duration: Two Hours • Comprehension. • Interpersonal skills including communication skills. • Logical reasoning and analytical ability. • Decision making and problem solving. • General mental ability • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. –Class X level). • English
language comprehension skills (Class X level). Note 1: Note 2: The questions will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) with four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33%) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty except some of the questions where the negative marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions. The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the total qualifying marks as may be determined by the Commission, of the two papers put together. Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabusof Paper II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
II. Mains Written Examination:
• • • The Mains Examination is held for those candidates who qualify the Prelims. The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory. The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are
likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevantissues, and
ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio- economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers. The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honors degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’degree. Mains Exam pattern, as per the latest Notification, is as under; (Papers not to be counted for merit) Indian Language (One of the Indian Language to be selected By the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution) (Matriculation or equivalent standard) English (Matriculation or equivalent standard) (Papers to be counted for merit) 250 Marks 250Marks 300 Marks
Qualifying Paper; Paper- A
Compulsory Papers; Paper-I Paper-II Essay
General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture,History and Geography of the Worldand Society) General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) Optional Subject – Paper 1 Optional Subject – Paper 2
250 Marks ____________ Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
(Each paper of 3 hours duration)
Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongstthe list given below; Agriculture Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Anthropology Botany Chemistry Civil Engineering Commerce and Accountancy Economics Electrical Engineering Geography Geology History Law Management Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Medical Science Philosophy Physics Political Science and International Relations Psychology Public Administration Sociology Statistics Zoology Literature of any one of the following languages : Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English
Note 1: The question papers will be of conventional (essay) type. Note 2: Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English. Note 3: If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him. Note 4: Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge. Note 5: Credit will be given for orderly, effective,
and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.
III. Mains Interview (Personality Test):
Interview weightage is 275 Marks. The score secured at Interview is added to candidate’s Mains written examination score for ranking. (Ranking is based on score out of 2025 Marks) Note 1: The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career. He willbeasked questions on matters of general interest. Note 2: The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Note 3: Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity. Note 4: The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross‐examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate. Note 5: The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own State or Country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.
GENERAL STUDIES PRELIM-CUM-MAINS-CUM-INTERVIEW 2014 COURSE
Duration: Course Coverage: Till November, 2014 Prelims Exam: Paper I General Studies Paper II CSAT Mains Written Exam: Paper – I Essay Paper-II General Studies- I Paper-III General Studies- II Paper-IV General Studies- III Paper-V General Studies- IV Mains Interview: Personality Test (200 Marks)
(200 Marks) (250 Marks) (250 Marks) (250 Marks) (250 Marks) (250 Marks) (275 Marks)
(Lectures with Study materials and test series) Timing: WEEK DAY BATCHES Monday to Friday WEEK DAY BATCHES Monday to Friday WEEK DAY BATCHES Monday to Friday WEEK DAY BATCHES Monday to Friday FORT 07.00 am to 09.00 am DADAR 06.30 pm to 08.30 pm THANE 07.00 am to 09.00 am NERUL 07.30 am to 09.30 am
WEEK END BATCHES POWAI Saturday & Sunday 03.00pm to 07.00pm (Note: Schedule subject to change without prior intimation) Test Series: Regular Subject-wise and Full Syllabus Test Series Prelims Paper I &II Mains Paper I to V `.55, 000/- (12.36% Service Tax extra)
GENERAL STUDIES MAINS-CUM-INTERVIEW 2013 COURSE
Duration: Course Coverage: 4 months Mains Written Exam: Paper – I Essay Paper-II General Studies- I Paper-III General Studies- II Paper-IV General Studies- III Paper-V General Studies- IV (250 Marks) (250 Marks) (250 Marks) (250 Marks) (250 Marks)
Mains Interview: Personality Test (275 Marks) (Lectures with Study materials and test series) Timing: DADAR Saturdays& Sundays (Note: Schedule subject to change without prior intimation) Test Series: Regular subject-wise &Full syllabus test series (Paper I to V). Fees: `.35, 000/- (12.36% Service Tax extra) 09.00 am to 07.00 pm
OPTIONAL SUBJECT – 2013 COURSE
Duration: Timing: HISTORY Saturday (4 hours) Sunday (4 hours) PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Saturday (4 hours) Sunday (4 hours) POLITICAL SCIENCE Saturday (4 hours) Sunday (4 hours) GEOGRAPHYNERUL Saturday (4 hours) Sunday (4 hours) SOCIOLOGY Saturday (4 hours) Sunday(4 hours) (Note:Schedule subject to change without prior intimation) FORT 09.00 am to 01.30 pm DADAR 09.00 am to 01.30 pm THANE 09.00 am to 01.30 pm Till October 2013
09.00 am to 01.30 pm POWAI 09.00 am to 01.30 pm
Test Series: Fees:
Regular topic-wise & full syllabus Test Series (Paper VI &VII) `.20, 000/- (12.36% Service Tax extra)
INTERVIEW (PERSONALITY TEST)
Duration: Course Content: 3 Months Mock interviews. 1 year Current Affairs sessions Debates on topics of national, international and social relevance Seminars and Presentations `.10, 000/-(12.36% Service Tax extra) “A. A. Shah’s Book House”IAS exclusive Bookshop All relevant Books, Magazines, Materials, Photocopies, Previous Years Question Papers (Solved – unsolved) For General Studies & all Optional Subjects in UPSC available at all branches; Fort Dadar Thane Nerul
COURSE FOR UNDER-GRADUATES
PRE-IAS FOUNDATION COURSE
A. A. SHAH’s Foundation Course is formulated in such a manner that the students get used to the basic content of the Civil Services Examination syllabus at an early stage. The objective of foundation course is to sensitize the aspirants with the essential knowledge and skills which will lay a sound foundation for his\her pursuit in Civil Services Examination. Considering the maturity level of the aspirants, a phased approach is recommended. Accordingly the foundation course will be introduced as the first stage in the course of preparation before CSAT and Mains preparation stages commence. They will have a clear edge over fresher’s in their year of attempting Civil Services Examination. Eligibility for Foundation Course: Course Duration: Students of XI, XII, 1st year Degree course and 2nd year Degree course 2 Years coaching including 6 months Test Series, interactive lectures and discussions on weekly and monthly basis. Based on syllabus of General Studies papers of Civil Services Prelims Exams of UPSC. Current Affairs, General Knowledge,Indian Polity, History, Geography,
Science,Economics, CSAT: Comprehension, Interpersonal Skills, Logical Reasoning, Decision Making &Problem Solving, General Mental Ability, Basic Numeracy, Data Interpretation, English Language Comprehension Skills.
Students will be trained in the technique of reading newspapers, magazines and making notes to help them in their preparation for Civil Services Exams conducted by UPSC. Field visit will also be scheduled to understand governance and development issues in India. (Charges Extra) Batch Timing : Tue – Thu – Sat Course Fee:
WEEK DAY BATCHES
Mon – Wed – Fri (FORT & NERUL) (DADAR & THANE) 04.00 pm to 06.00 pm 04.00 pm to 06.00 pm
(Note: Schedule subject to change without prior intimation) `.35, 000/(12.36% Service Tax extra)
(Note: Students enrolled for Pre-IASFoundation Course are eligible for 30% fee concession in General Studies Prelim-cum-Mains-cum-Interview Course)
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