Over 4.65 lakh candidates appeared for civil services preliminary examination
Around 4.65 lakh candidates appeared for civil services preliminary examination across the country, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) officials said on Sunday.
"There were no inappropriate incidents reported from any of the Centre in the country," secretary of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Ashim Khurana spoke in a meeting.
He said that a total of 4,65,882 candidates took the civil services preliminary examination this year as compared to 4,51,602 examinees last year.
He also said that a total number of 9,45,908 candidates who have applied for the exam and 6,81,549 of them had downloaded their admit card. Out of these candidates, 4,65,882 candidates took the examination.
The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC every year in three stages- preliminary, main and interview -- to select candidates for leading Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
The prelim examination consists of two papers-- Paper I and Paper II of two hours duration each. The first paper began at 9:30am and second started at 2:30pm. There were 2,186 venues in 71 Centre’s across the country.
Along with that, IAS officer of Gujarat cadre Khurana said that a total of 70,642 candidates took the examination as against 1,17,312 who have registered for Delhi as their Centre.
In order to facilitate the visually impaired candidates, the commission has increased the number of venues (cities) to 72 in 71 Centre’s as compared to eight venues in seven cities in 2014, he said.