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UPDATE: Government Clarification Regarding CSAT (Paper – 2) of UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2015

Following news appeared today on with regard to government’s stand on the nature of CSAT (Paper – 2) of UPSC Civil Services exam 2015. We are posting (pasting) it verbatim for your information.

Civil Services Examination
The Government has approved the following in respect of Civil Services Examination:
  • An Expert Committee would be constituted to comprehensively examine various issues raised from time to time namely, eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of Civil Services Examination.


  • Till such time the Government takes decision on the recommendation of the above Committee, the General Studies Paper-II(CSAT) in the Civil Services(Preliminary) Examination will remain a qualifying paper with a minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.


  • The English Language comprehension skill portion from General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services(Preliminary) Examination will continue to remain excluded.


  • The above decisions are incorporated in the CSE Rules-2015.


Our Opinion:
Well, we are not experts on this matter.  So, we would like to stay mum!
We also request you not to start discussion on this issue yet. Wait for notification and change your strategy (i.e. if you were relying on Paper – 2 to clear prelims, you may have to spend more time on  Paper -1, provided above news is true and  if it’s going to be implemented from this year onward)