The UPSC exam which was held yesterday saw an increase of 14,280 candidates. This year a total of 4,65,882 candidates appeared for the civil services preliminary examination while last year 4,51,602 candidates had written the exam.
According to TOI "There were no untoward incidents reported from any of the centre in the country," says Ashim Khurana, the Secretary of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
About 9,45,908 candidates have applied for the UPSC exam out of which 6,81,549 candidates had downloaded their e-admit card and 4,65,882 of them have appeared for the exam.
UPSC conducts the civil services examination every year in three stages, i.e. preliminary, main and interview. The examination is held to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
The preliminary examination comprises of two papers: Paper I and Paper II and duration for each paper is two hours.
The first paper began at 9:30 AM and second started at 2:30 PM. The exam was conducted at 2,186 venues in 71 centres/cities across the country. In 2014, there were 2,137 venues in 59 centres for 2014 prelims exam.
"At Delhi centre 1,17,312 have registered for the exam while 70,642 candidates took the examination," said Khurana, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.
In order to facilitate the visually impaired candidates, the Commission has increased the number of venues/cities to 72 in 71 centres as compared to eight venues in seven cities in 2014, he said.
The UPSE is a nationwide competitive examination in India. The examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India.