Civil service aspirants turned up in hundreds outside the UPSC office in central Delhi on Tuesday to continue their protest against a secondary aptitude test section (CSAT) in the entrance examination.
Agitators, protesting under the banner of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), raised slogans against the former Congress government for implementing CSAT-II in the examination pattern. “UPSC should immediately cancel CSAT. We will not sit silent till our demand is met,” Rohit Chahal, national secretary, ABVP, said.
As protestors gathered in large numbers, the police had to erect barricades outside the UPSC office to prevent them from entering. Since the students refused to budge, the police detained 200 protestors and took them to Tilak Marg Police station.
Minister of state for personnel and public grievances Jitendra Singh said the students should have some patience as the government is concerned about the issue. “We need to be concerned about them and, in turn, they should also exercise restraint and have some patience as the government is already at it,” he said. “The youngsters should be advised not to cause any physical or mental agony or harm to themselves because the government is very much seized of the matter.”
On Monday, 40 protesting aspirants were detained from near the same place after police used water cannons to control them.
The aspirants are also continuing their protests at Mukherjee Nagar, a residential area in north Delhi near Delhi University. The area is popular among students who often arrive in Delhi from other states to prepare for the civil services examination.
The CSAT-II paper carries questions on comprehension, interpersonal skills, including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy, and English language comprehension skills (of Class 10 level).
The aspirants have been objecting to the aptitude test and English language questions asked in the CSAT-II paper, claiming those were much above the standard prescribed for the examination.