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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Government pledges ‘relief’ to UPSC aspirants

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 28, 2014
First Published: 00:03 IST(28/7/2014) | Last Updated: 00:49 IST(28/7/2014)

The government has decided to give a ‘relief’ to students protesting over the changed pattern of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam but what kind of relief it would be is yet to chalked out, sources told HT.
 
Union home ministry Rajnath Singh on Sunday sat with finance minister and minister of state for Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh in an effort to find a solution to the issue of the changed UPSC exam pattern. Later, the home minister briefed PM Narendra Modi over the issue and informed him about the steps being taken to resolve the issue.

“The idea for the big meeting was to sit together and hammer out a solution. The government has decided to give relief to students but the rest of the modalities are yet to chalked out. A decision is expected as soon as a three member committee formed to look into the demands of the students gives its report in the next couple of days,” said a government official.

The UPSC exam is held in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — to choose candidates for the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and other all-India services. The preliminary exam is slated to be held on August 24 and admit cards have been given for it.

The meeting was also attended by SK Sarkar, secretary, department of personnel and training (DoPT), and officials from the PMO and Union Public Service Commission.

Students have protesting over the changed pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each in the preliminary examination -- CSAT I and CSAT II. The CSAT-II paper carries questions on comprehension, inter-personal skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making, general mental ability, basic numeracy and English language comprehension skills. Students have been objecting to the level of aptitude and English language questions being asked in the CSAT II paper claiming they are much above the standard prescribed for the examination.


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