UPSC not keen on postponing prelims

UPSC not keen on postponing prelims

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is opposed to postponing the controversial civil services preliminary examinations, popularly known as the civil services aptitude test (CSAT), scheduled for August 24.

The Centre had earlier suggested postponing the exam amid vociferous demands by a section of aspirants.

Several aspirants are demanding a rollback of the present format as they believe it is discriminatory to Hindi speaking candidates and those from the rural background.

In its response to the Centre’s suggestion, the UPSC is understood to have told the government that it was not in favour of a postponement or cancellation of the exam. It also told the government that such a move could get entangled in court cases.

The UPSC is a constitutional body and is not bound by government directions.
Like the UPSC, a three-member panel headed by former secretary of department of personnel and training (DoPT), Arvind Varma, has also not favoured scrapping the CSAT and has recommended status quo.

The committee submitted its report to the government on Thursday.
The protesting students have alleged that the English component in Paper-II is discriminatory.

They had also alleged that the questions are translated into Hindi using a software and  is not up to the mark. The issue was raised in Parliament for another day with several members voicing their opposition to the existing format.

The issue rocked both Houses of Parliament with Lok Sabha member Pappu Yadav tearing a paper and throwing it towards Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

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