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New Delhi: 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 out.

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.





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