UPSC Civil Services Exam: No proposal for more weightage to General Studies Paper -The Baswan Committee Report on Civil Services Examination is currently under the consideration of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the recommendations of the UPSC on the report are yet to be received.
The Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said the Lok Sabha today that under the consideration of the government, there is no recommendation to give more weightage to general studies paper in Civil Services Examination, which is conducted by the UPSC.
There were changes in the syllabus of Civil Services Prelims Exam in 2011 following which the Civil Services Mains Exam saw some changes in 2013 with the inclusion of four papers of General Studies each carrying 250 marks.
Thus, General studies Papers (I, II, III, and IV) have 1000 marks out of 1750 in the mains exam which is a descriptive and written part. While from 2015 onwards, the civil services prelims exam saw some changes again where the General Studies paper-II was made qualifying in nature with a minimum marks of 33 percent or 66 marks should be scored.