The UPSC has publised its civil services exam notification on Saturday (May 23).
Earlier, the notification was scheduled to be released on May 16, however, it was postponed at the last minute due to the prevailing confusion over its CSAT apptitude test in Prelims (Main) exam.
But the authorities had not provided any reason for the postponement of the date of issuing the notification. Now, the official site of UPSC has published the Examination Notices for Indian Forest Service Examination, 2015 and Civil Services Examination, 2015 on the Commission’s website on Saturday (May 23)
It is likely that the delay was caused due to the confusion surrounding the CSAT. On May 13, the government had declared that it will continue with the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in the civil services preliminary examination 2015. It also set 33 percent score as the pass mark.
However, the central government added that it will appoint an expert committee to look into the complaints made by the civil services aspirants, regarding the syllabus, eligibility, scoring scheme and paper pattern of the CSAT. The final decision will be made based on the committee’s observations. Till then the General Studies Paper II (CSAT) will continue as a qualifying exam.
Also, the candidates who appeared for the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary examination in 2011 will be granted an extra attempt this year, according to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
The Union Public Service Commission conducts the civil services examination in three phases — the preliminary exam, mains and an interview round. Clearing all three rounds makes the candidates eligible for the posts of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), amongst others.