The Current Trend of the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Test

Add ons in PT GS. Questions of the PT exam will mostly be applied and practical in nature, to judge the candidate’s overall understanding and decision making on different issues.

Created On: Jun 1, 2011 12:14 IST
Modified On: Apr 15, 2013 14:32 IST

There are two papers in the PT 2011, like how it used to be earlier till 2010. Paper I is the GS paper with a few more additions of topics in the prevailing PT GS paper. And paper II is CSAT which has been introduced in the PT exam replacing the optional paper. Both the papers consist of 200 marks each.


Add ons in PT GS: In Indian Polity and Governance, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy and Rights Issues are freshly added. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change are also added in the new PT GS syllabus.


No mug up game: In the Current Trend of the UPSC PT Exam, mugging up of the various topics of the vast syllabus of PT is not going to be of much help. Questions of the PT exam will mostly be applied and practical in nature, to judge the candidate’s overall understanding and decision making on different issues.


An end to one-sided scholars: Many UPSC candidates used to get through the PT Exam based on their performance of their optional subjects. But being good only in the academics does not mean that the person has sufficient administrative qualities. One-sided qualities are not going to play any role in the 2011 Administrative officers’ selection process.


Develop understanding: To answer the questions asked in the PT exam, this year (2011) candidate’s will surely have to develop their understanding level from all possible angles. When a candidate has a good understanding over an issue, then only he/she can answer the questions asked on that particular topic. Number of factual questions asked in the PT exam has really decreased visibly in the recent time. Thus, a candidate has to develop understanding to cope up with the fresh pattern of the PT.


Practicality is preferred to Academics: An academician needs not to be a good administrator in practice. UPSC is not a selection process of the academicians. UPSC concentrates on selecting the person as an officer who possesses a good amount of average knowledge of practical and applicable things all around. This helps the administrator to solve the real problems cropping up daily in the society.


Develop concept: Questions in the PT will be conceptual mainly. Even questions from the traditional GS subjects such as Polity, Geography, Economy etc are asked with some kind of current touch. Thus a candidate has to have good concept of the things and issues taking place daily. To answer any question, a candidate needs to have clear concept on that topic based on what the question has been asked.


Decision making approach: Administrators are supposed to take the right decision quickly and smartly. To work as a bureaucrat in future, candidates need to improve their decision making skills. A number of questions will be asked in the PT (CSAT) on decision making. Thus, candidates need to think, polish up and practice their decision making capacity. Candidates can take the help of the sample questions published by the UPSC in this regard.


Mental Ability: Mental Ability remains in the PT with its place changed. Traditionally Mental Ability used to be in the GS paper. In 2011 new PT pattern Mental Ability has been removed from the GS paper and placed in the CSAT.