A recent report reads that 16,933 candidates have qualified for the Union Public Service Commission’s Preliminary Examination conducted for recruitment of candidates to different government job positions.
The results of this examination were declared in a fifty-day time, which is stated as a record in the history of UPSC.
In addition to this record, the following other record numbers are stated for this particular examination:
- Out of the 4,52,334 candidates, who appeared for the examination conducted in August 2014, 16,933 candidates qualified for the main examination by successfully clearing the prelims.
- Last year, it took 68 days for UPSC to announce the results, but this year, it took just 50 days after the examination was conducted in August 2014.
- This short time declaration of results have given more time for candidates to prepare for their main examination, which is planned to be held between 14th and 20th of December 2014.
- The exam was conducted in across 57 cities in a total of 2,137 venues
- UPSC has added that this is the first batch of candidates, who appeared for the prelims examination after a controversy against the CSAT or Paper II pattern. Due to this controversy, the UPSC has decided not to include English for merit or for gradation in the exam.
UPSC has announced that the candidates cannot submit any RTI application for gathering details about the marks they have obtained. Also, they can apply for these details only after completion of the entire selection process.
The Secretary of UPSC Ashim Khurana told that the preliminary Civil Services Examination was conducted on the 24th of August. He has added that there is an increase of about 40% increase in the number of students, who appeared for the examination. Last year, the number of aspirants were just 3, 24,279 candidates.
Mr. Khurana stated that this examination is generally conducted in three stages. Preliminary, main and interview are the three stages for selection of candidates to the important services in India like IPS, IFS and IAS among others.
He has added that candidates can get details about cut off mark, and their answer keys of preliminary examination only after the declaration of final results once the entire three-stage process is completed. So, RTI applications will not be entertained from candidates.
Claiming that candidates with Hindi background and rural areas are at a disadvantage, a controversy was erupted by aspirants in July with respect to the pattern of Civil Services Aptitude Test, which is otherwise called as Paper II. This controversy went to a stage, where candidates engaged in violent agitation. After taking into consideration the request of candidates, UPSC announced that the marks secured by candidates in English section asked in Civil Services Aptitude Test will not be included in the overall gradation or merit.
The Union Public Service Commission also recently declared the results of successful candidates, who have qualified for admission to the Indian Forest Service Main Examination 2014. As per the result, totally 1106 candidates were announced to be eligible to appear for the IFS main examination. These candidates were also selected on the basis of their performance in the Civil Services Preliminary Examination.