After a facelift in 2011 for preliminary exam, now in 2013 in mains the new format has now been witnessed a great and revolutionary changes in the one of the toughest exams in the world, the Civil Services Exam or the IAS exam. In 2012 and earlier there were two optional subjects to be selected by the aspirants each having two papers making a total of four papers of optional. The General Studies papers were only two.
Acting upon the different panel’s recommendation, Union Public Service Commission, which is authorized constitutional body to conduct different competitive exams in the country, has changed the mains exam format of IAS exam from 2013 onward.
Now in New format the major change was in General Studies (GS), optional papers. Now there shall be four GS papers instead of two and there shall be only two optional papers instead of four.
Now, since the scenario looks to have been changed, it’s similarly necessary to change the preparation strategy.
As per the new strategy our aim must be to tackle the requirements of GS rather to optional. But it’s also not recommended to fully neglect the Optional papers which carry 500 marks. Optional subject needs to be selected keeping in view the following:
Aspirants should note that no optional has any plus on another, once you are done with the selection keep yourself motivated and on track for being clicked at the final selection.
Best of Luck!
Having been professionally trained in Computer Science & Management, Haseeb Ahmad, an educationist, a dynamic education activist and the founder of Simt Foundation, is now working in Middle East as a full time employee. Out of his many responsibilities he is having a keen interest in guiding the students in the pursuit of their higher education, as he thinks the only hindrance in the social and overall development of the human race is lack of higher education.