In a significant move, Government has agreed to a proposal to
introduce Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in place of Civil
Services (Preliminary) Examination.
"The government has approved the proposal for introduction of Civil
Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in place of Civil Services
(Preliminary) Examination," minister of state for personnel, public
grievances and pensions Prithviraj Chavan informed the Rajya Sabha.
In CSAT, one of optional subjects which a candidate could have
chosen out of 23 optional has been replaced with common paper on
aptitude test, he said, adding the syllabus of CSAT is being worked
The government will shortly notify the new scheme of examination
giving details of the syllabus, he said in a written reply.
The Civil Services Examination is conducted by UPSC (Union Public
Service Commission) every year.
The examination has three stages:
1) Civil Services Preliminary Examinations (CSP) - normally
conducted during the second half of May.
2) Civil Services (Main) Examinations conducted during the month of
October/November. Here, those who are selected in the preliminary
examination only are eligible to appear.
3) Those who are selected in the main examination will be eligible
to appear before the Interview Board at New Delhi.