Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Feb 28, 2013, 12:01 AM IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 26 February 2013, has given his approval for the change in pattern for the civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), reported a leading daily.
However, the UPSC has still not given out any official notification on the same. "The decisionhas been made. We will be notifying the changes in a day or two," PK Misra, secretary of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) told the media.
In his capacity as the minister in-charge of the DoPT, the PM hasapproved the new format and has cleared the proposal to double the weightage for General Studies (GS) papers in the Civil Service (Mains) Examination 2013.
The UPSC, which was supposed to release the Civil Services Examnotification on 2 February 2013, has only put up an announcement on its website stating that the exam notification has been delayed due to some "unforeseen circumstances".
The UPSC had set up a panel headed by Arun Nigavekar (former UGC chairman) in 2011 that had recommended a lot of changes across the board. The changes have been accepted by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). The overhaul in the exam may include replacing optional papers in the final examination with two compulsory papers with a predefined syllabus.
These changes and others have been proposed to make the civil services exam more relevant to the present day global and internal scenario.