Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa joined her arch rival, DMK chief M Karunanidhi, in opposing fresh examination norms announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for selection of IAS, IFS and IPS aspirants.
A day after the DMK chief described the new system as a bid to impose Hindi on non-Hindi areas, she wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh listing four reasons why non-Hindi students will be discriminated in the scheme of the Civil Services Examination for the year 2013 onwards.
“These changes are highly discriminatory and appear to be calculated to bias the system against civil service aspirants from non-Hindi speaking regions of the country and affect governance,” she said in her letter.
Jayalalithaa said the option of writing the exam in Tamil for students who had Tamil as their medium of education up to high school level and did their graduation in English medium had been removed. She added there was no such stipulation for candidates who appeared in the Hindi medium.
She mentioned the second “discriminatory” change as candidates wanting to opt for literature of a language as their optional paper being able to do so only if they had studied the literature of the language at the graduation level as the main subject. Such a stipulation had not been made for any other language, she added.
Jayalalithaa said the third change stipulating a minimum of 25 candidates having to opt for a particular language medium for holding the exam in that language was violative of the Constitutional right to equality.
She added the fourth change removing the compulsory qualifying paper in an Indian language and the inclusion of an English composition and précis writing section was biased towards urban English-speaking candidates.
Exam format of CMAT revamped
In a first, candidates appearing for the Common Management Admission Test in the next session in September will have to face questions testing their emotional quotient (EQ).
The all-India CMAT, an entry test for 3,000 business schools across the country, will include this aspect to gauge candidates’ preparedness for becoming managers and would account for 25 to 30 marks of the total 400.