Monday, August 4, 2014

UPSC ( CSAT ) : Centre says English marks should not be included..

In a relief to civil services aspirants agitating against the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) pattern, the government has announced that the marks for questions relating to English comprehension in Paper II of the prelims exam should not be counted for gradation and merit. However, the CSAT format stays and the August 24 prelims exam will be held as per schedule. 

Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh also said an extra attempt will be given to all those who had appeared for the civil services exam in 2011, when the CSAT pattern was introduced. "Candidates who appeared in civil services examination 2011 may be given one more attempt in 2015," he said. 

This is to take care of the disadvantage that the students may have faced on account of a sudden switch to the new CSAT pattern. 

"The civil services exam plan has been a matter of debate for last several weeks. The government has treated the issue with all seriousness and sensitivity and heard all sides....The government is of the opinion that in the civil services preliminary examination, the marks of the question-section on 'English language comprehension skills' should not be included for gradation and merit," said Singh. 

The government decision will now be implemented by the department of personnel and UPSC. 

The government's solution on Monday evoked mixed responses. While the treasury benches welcomed it and BJP leader Jagdambika Pal thanked Singh for the relief announced for the aspirants, Samajwadi Party's Dharmendra Yadav rejected the solution and demanded scrapping of CSAT altogether. 

"We will continue our agitation over the issue. This half-way solution will not work and we want a complete acceptance of our demands," he said. Yadav was joined in his protest by RJD's Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav. 

The CSAT Paper II, as per the existing pattern, carries 80 questions of 200 marks in all, of which 8-9 related to English comprehension. These 8-9 questions, which carry around 22 marks, will now no longer be counted in the overall tally for gradation.

courtesy : TOI

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