The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has scheduled the Civil Service Exam (Main) 2013 to be conducted from 02 December to 08 December this year.
As practiced in the old pattern, the exams used to be held for about continuous 30 days, however, this year is the first time that the examination is completing in just 7 days, which was not the case in the last 35 years.
This is happening because the Union Public Service Commission has revised the exam pattern of the Civil Services Exam in the notification for 2013 Civil Services Exams issued on 5 March 2013. In the New Pattern there will be only one Optional Subject and rest will be the compulsory papers. The new pattern consists of only 9 question papers. It includes four General Studies Papers, one Essay Paper, two optional Subject papers and one Indian Language Paper. There will be two day rest in between the exam that is on 4 December and on 6 December there will be no paper.
The schedule for different papers of IAS Main Exam 2013 is announced as 02 December for Essay and English, 03 December for General Studies Paper I & II, 05 December for General Studies Paper- III and IV, 07 December for Optional Subject Paper-I and II and 08 December for Modern Indian Language.
Check below the new syllabus and pattern of the exam: