The UPSC on Tuesday declared 16,933 candidates as successful in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2014. The results come barely seven weeks after nearly 4.5 lakh aspirants appeared for first stage of the elite examination that selects the country's top bureaucracy.
The qualified candidates will now have to apply for the Civil Services (Main) Examination to be held from December 14, 2014.
The 50-day gap between the prelims examination on August 24 and declaration of results is a record of sorts, as the average duration so far was 68 days. "Successful candidates will get more time this year to study due to early declaration of results," agency reports on Tuesday quoted UPSC secretary Ashim Khurana as saying.
As many as by 4,52,334 candidates appeared for the prelims exam this year, which was held beyond the normal schedule as violent protests broke out against the Civil Services Aptitute Test (CSAT) pattern introduced in 2012.
According to Khurana, there was a 40 per cent rise in the number of students appearing for the examination this year, with just 3,24,279 aspirants having taken the test in 2013.
Successful candidates will now have to fill up the detailed application form (DAF), which shall be available on the UPSC website between October 28 and November 11, for the Mains examination. The same can be submitted online. Thereafter, they must send a printed copy of the DAF form submitted online, duly signed by them and accompanied with the prescribed fees, so as to reach the UPSC by November 18.
The admission certificate of the candidates will be uploaded on the UPSC website, along with the time table of the Main examination, around 2 weeks before the examination.
The UPSC on Tuesday made it clear that candidates' marks, cutoff marks and answer keys of prelims examination will be provided only after the entire process of the Civil Services examination 2014 is over and the final result is declared. "No application under RTI Act, 2005, or otherwise, will be entertained," it said in a press release.
The UPSC on Tuesday also separately declared the list of 1,106 successful candidates who have qualified for admission to Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2014, to be held on November 22.