The change, coming into effect from this year, will give more importance to General Studies Section by introducing new papers replacing optional subjects.
The changes has made from all the candidates are judged "on the basis of in-depth knowledge and understanding rather than information gathered at the last moment".
The UPSC senior official said, "The notification on changed civil service exam pattern details will be announced shortly,"
The Civil Services Examination conducted for selecting the candidates for elite services like IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and other govt sectors. Exam contained three stages which are like Preliminary, Mains and Personality test.
In the year 2011 UPSC changed the preliminary examination pattern by inculcating elements of aptitude test, had brought a minor change in main exam pattern last time in 1993 when in introduced ad additional paper of essay. Now, aspirants have to appear in two optional subjects, two papers each like one for essay and two papers for general studies.
The UPSC has temporarily withhold the notification on changing the civil services exam pattern for this year's, which was scheduled to be announced Feb 02, 2013.