The commission conducted the civil services preliminary examination on 23 August 2015 across the country.
The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
The preliminary examination consists of two papers– Paper I and Paper II of two hours duration each.
All the candidates who applied and appeared for the examination which was held at various exam centers across India are waiting for the results.
The merit list for the Civil Services (Mains) examination will be drawn by using the aggregate marks obtained in both the papers (two papers for prelim exam) minus the maximum marks allocated to the questions on English language comprehension skills.
Last year the prelim exam results were announced on 14th October 2014 and UPSC is expected to release this year in the month of October 2015.
The prelim exam results will declare those who will qualify for the main exam followed by the interview.
About 4.65 lakh candidates appeared for the preliminary examin 2015 across the country on August 23.
A total of 4,65,882 candidates took the civil services preliminary exam this year as compared to 4,51,602 examinees last year, an increase by 14,280, according to UPSC sources.
As against a record number of 9,45,908 candidates who have applied for the exam, only 6,81,549 of them had downloaded their e-admit card for writing the preliminary exam this year.
Out of these candidates, 4,65,882 candidates took the prelim examination, which is about 49% of the total candidates who had applied.
There were 2,186 venues in 71 centres (or cities) across the country.
At Delhi centre, 70,642 candidates took the examination as against 1,17,312 who have registered for Delhi as their centre.
In order to facilitate the visually impaired candidates, the Commission has increased the number of venues (cities) to 72 in 71 centres as compared to eight venues in seven cities in 2014.
There were 2,137 venues in 59 centres for 2014 prelims exam.