Early in July last year, students had taken the streets protesting over the pattern of civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Services Commission(UPSC) as they demanded a change in CSAT or Paper II of the paper. The students had claimed that mandatory English language and other questions asked in the paper put aspirants from rural areas or with Hindi background at a disadvantage.
The government responded following the protest and decided that marks of the English section questions, asked in Paper II, will not be included for graduation or merit in the exam. This change made into force in 2014 onwards. However, various students have been demanding change in the pattern of Paper II of civil services (preliminary) examination, saying it favours candidates of technical and management background.
But as the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) gave its decision today heralding “The English language comprehension skill portion from general studies Paper-II of civil services (preliminary) examination will continue to remain excluded”. At the same time, the government said an expert committee will be constituted to take a holistic view of the aptitude test.
“An expert committee would be constituted to comprehensively examine various issues raised from time to time namely, eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of civil services examination,” a statement issued on Wednesday by the Dept. Thus, the aptitude test will continue to be part of the civil services preliminary examination and there is no change in the pattern as of now.