SC refuses to postpone UPSC preliminary examination

SC refuses to postpone UPSC preliminary examination

The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to postpone the UPSC preliminary examination.

"You raised only questions on comprehension part that has already been removed and the defect has been remedied," the apex court told the petitioner.

Nine lakh students are ready to appear in the exam and it cannot be postponed, the court said, while dismissing the plea of a civil services aspirant.

Notifying the new marking scheme for Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2014 in line with the government's decision not to count the marks for English comprehension section of Paper II for gradation, the UPSC has asked the examinees to leave the questions in this section unanswered as they would not be evaluated. The two-hour duration of the paper, however, would remain unchanged.

"The maximum marks for Paper II would be '200 minus the marks earmarked for the English language comprehension skills (Class X level)'," the UPSC said in a press release. The English comprehension skills section, with its 8-9 questions, carries 22.5 marks.

The Union government had, in a recent decision aimed at resolving the row over Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) pattern introduced in 2011, announced that the marks for English section of Paper II should not be included for gradation or merit.

It had also said that an extra attempt be granted to all those who had taken the Civil Services examination in 2011, to reappear in 2015.

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