4.5 lakh appear for UPSC preliminary exam

4.5 lakh appear for UPSC preliminary exam

4.5 lakh appear for UPSC preliminary exam

Notwithstanding the controversies, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Sunday successfully conducted the preliminary examination for recruitment of civil servants. 

Over 4.5 lakh students across the country appeared for it—1.27 lakh more than the number of aspirants last year.

The examination, which recently saw violent protests from students over its pattern, was conducted peacefully, with no untoward incident reported from any part of the country. It was held at 2,137 centres in 59 cities.  

“No incident of protest was reported from any centre in the country. We are very happy that the examination went off peacefully and without any law-and-order problem,” PTI quoted UPSC Secretary Ashim Khurana as saying.

"All officials of the UPSC and Department of Personnel and Training, as well as the chief secretaries successfully coordinated to peacefully conduct the examination,” he added.The Supreme Court had on Saturday declined to postpone the preliminary examination, hearing a petition filed by a group of students.

A total of 9,44,926 candidates had applied for the examination. Of them, 4,51,602 candidates appeared  at  various centres. This year, the UPSC conducted the examination in 14 new cities, including Varanasi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Gwalior and Jabalpur.  

Over 66,000 students appeared for the examination from 222 centres in Delhi.The preliminary examination consisted of two papers of two hours each. The first paper began at 9:30 am, while the second began at 2:30 pm. Some students complained of “errors” in the Hindi translation of questions asked in English in Paper I.

The pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) had pushed students to protest. They had alleged that some sections in the CSAT were designed in sucha way that it could put candidates from rural areas or with a Hindi background at a disadvantage.