New Delhi: Lakhs of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants are due to appear for the preliminary exams to be held on Sunday.
The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages-- preliminary, main and interview --to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.
Here are all the last minute details you should know:
Venues, New Centres
This year's civil services preliminary examination will be held in 71 centres at over 2,000 venues and a record 9,45,908 candidates have applied for it.
In Delhi, the Commission has finalised 248 venues to accommodate 1.17 lakh candidates.
This year, 12 new centres which have been set up including those in Ludhiana, Ajmer, Rajkot, Indore, Agra, Gaya and Siliguri.
Aspirants can download admit cards from the official website http://www.upsc.gov.in/ by clicking on the link 'e-Admit Card-Civil Service Examination, 2015' and submitting their required details like registration ID or roll number.
UPSC aspirants, who didn't appear in 2011 due to CSAT, to get another chance
Central Administrative Tribunal has come to the rescue of those civil services aspirants who applied but did not take the preliminary examination in 2011 due to the introduction of CSAT, by asking UPSC to provisionally allow them an additional attempt this year, the PTI earlier reported.
Owing to last year's protest by UPSC aspirants demanding change in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) or Paper II of civil services preliminary examination, the government had decided to give an extra chance to the students who had appeared in the prestigious exam in 2011 on the ground that CSAT had been unfair to the Hindi-medium students.
Some of the students, who did not appear even after applying in the UPSC fearing the newly introduced CSAT, moved the CAT seeking an additional attempt, saying they should also be treated at par with those who had appeared in the premilinary examination in 2011.
A total of 4,72,290 candidates had applied for civil services preliminary examination 2011, of which 2,43,003 had appeared.
(With PTI Inputs)