UPSC makes changes in Civil Services (IAS) 2019

UPSC Civil Services (IAS) 2019 – A few changes have been made by the UPSC in the Civil Services Examination 2019 and these changes are of special importance for those students who belong to the EWS group and will be appearing for the IAS exam 2019.

A notification released by the UPSC on February 19, 2019, informs about certain changes made in the IAS (Civil Services) examinations 2019, these changes deal with guidelines for form filling, a number of attempts a person can make and age relaxation for EWS group students.

The process for online submission of application forms has already begun from February 19, to go on till March 18, 2019.  Please check your eligibility according to the guidelines issued by the UPSC for the IAS 2019 Exams.

Things to know about UPSC IAS examination 2019

The UPSC, IAS has 896 vacancies 39 of these vacancies are reserved for those differently challenged persons who fall under the category of 40 per cent disabilities recognized under the ‘Right of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016’.

  • 5 vacancies for multiple disabilities including deafness and blindness.
    • 8 vacancies those candidates who suffer from blindness or low vision.
  • 11 vacancies for those who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • 15 vacancies for cerebral palsy, locomotors, disability dwarfism, victims of acid attacks, those cured of leprosy, muscular dystrophy.

The final number of vacancies depends upon the number provided by the Cadre Controlling Authorities.

Vacancies for normal candidates

The number of vacancies in this category is 857 and 180 will be for IAS according to the recommendations of the Baswan Committee.

Number of attempts allowed 

The number of attempts in the UPSC remains unchanged and so does its procedure. Every appearance in the exam even if in just one paper it will be treated as one complete.

There will be no relaxation in the number of attempts for the EWS. If the EWS candidate is of the general category the number of attempts will be 6.

EWS category reservations for

The reservation for the members of the Economically Weaker Sections of society will be applicable for the IAS too.  There will be around 89 seats of which 18 may be for the IAS the final number of reserved seats will be announced together with the results. Candidates from ST, SC, and OBC will also be included.

While downloading the e-summon letter from the Commissions website for the interview the candidate will have to give his /her options for interview/personality test and if he/she opts out of the scheme then the commission will not publish his/her name/details.

The limited capacity of UPSC centres

Due to the increasing number of candidates and limited space, the allotment of centres will be on first-apply-first -allotment basis and no further consideration will be made. No changes in the negative marking system.