The civil services preliminary examination 2015 is scheduled to be held on August 23.

There has been a steep rise recorded in the number of candidates for civil services preliminary examination during the past few years. In 2014, the number of candidates who applied for civil services preliminary examination exceeded 9.45 lakh, it said.

It is estimated that this year, the number of applicants for the preliminary examination would increase to approximately 13 lakh.

This examination will be held in 71 centres at about 3000 venues across the country, UPSC Secretary Ashim Khurana said in a letter to Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

Out of the 13 lakh candidates, about 1.20 lakh candidates are anticipated to opt for Delhi as their centre of examination, and they have to be accommodated in about 260 venues. The examination would be supervised by the principals of the institutions, Khurana said.

"However, 50 percent of the examination functionaries i.e. assistant supervisors and invigilators would have to beprovided by the Commission. Therefore, the requirement of number of assistant supervisors and invigilators to be provided by the UPSC would be around 5,000," he said.

The Commission would be requesting various central government ministries and departments to send a list of their Group A and B officers. He asked the DoPT Secretary to "issue suitable instructions to all the ministries or departments of the government of India to spare the services of officers" for being as assistant supervisors and invigilators.
"The officers thus deputed to the Commission will be paid honorarium by the Commission for their services," the UPSC Secretary said.

The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages-- preliminary, main and interview --to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

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