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Backlash over omission of English marks in UPSC

Backlash over omission of English marks in UPSC
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Backlash over omission of English marks in UPSC, The decision of the Union government not to include English comprehension skills as a component of...

Hyderabad: The decision of the Union government not to include English comprehension skills as a component of paper II in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) has created more problems for the aspirants from south India.

Civils aspirants staged a protest against the Union government’s decision at Indira Park here on Tuesday. The protesting aspirants said that the Union government has opened can of worms instead of resolving an impasse over CSAT. They said that the government is giving undue advantage to the aspirants from north India.

The aspirants demanded central government to scrap the CSAT or else the test has to be conducted in all the regional languages. They said CSAT gives advantage to aspirants from the technical and management background and hinders chance of aspirants from the rural background.

When UPSC is being biased towards the management and technical background, why can’t UPSC recruit civil servants by conducting campus placement drive in IITs and IIMs, an aspirant lambasted.

The aspirants said that after the inception of the CSAT, the number of students qualifying for main exam came down. “Before introducing CSAT, 10-15 Telugus could make it to the mains, while after introduction in 2013 none of the Telugus could make through CSAT,” said Kishore an aspirant.

The Nigvekar committee constituted by the UPSC pointed that the CSAT paper II favours urban English medium candidates and it is hurting candidates from the rural area. It also stated that candidates with poor command over general studies are qualifying because of their good command over aptitude. The committee also said that 73 per cent of rural students are being eliminated at the preliminary stage itself due to CSAT.

When English subject was made mandatory in the main examination, why did government introduce it in the preliminary test questioned the aspirants.

“The UPSC is testing aspirants in management but not administration skills. If a person becomes a civil aspirant administration skills come in handy rather than management skills. Indian governance will be in trouble the aspirants with no administration skills becomes a civil aspirant,” said Ravi Kumar.

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