UPSC exam as scheduled on Aug 24, says govt

UPSC exam as scheduled on Aug 24, says govt

The civil services examination will be held as per schedule on August 24, the government said on Thursday in Parliament, while stating that consultations will be held with various parties and stakeholders on the matter after the current session.

“As for this year, there is no scope for postponement of (UPSC preliminary) examination,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said as opposition parties created uproar in Rajya Sabha demanding an all-party meeting immediately.

A section of civil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam. Naidu said the UPSC issue requires “deep” study and discussion with political parties and other stakeholders as there are both sides of the argument on the CSAT in UPSC.

“...After the session, the government is ready to discuss it with all” to reach a consensus, he said, adding the government has taken a correct decision in this regard and students should not get disturbed.

As members insisted for an all-party meeting before August 24, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said there is already a view among many members that it will not be possible to find a solution to the issue immediately.

“An all-party meeting has to take place to discuss wider reforms. We will inform about the date later on,” he said. Earlier, the government had announced marks of English will not be included for gradation or merit in UPSC exam.

As soon as the House met for the day, opposition parties including Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party raised the issue and demanded that government should immediately call an all-party meeting to resolve the matter as it affects lakhs of students.

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