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UPSC to allow Civil Service Interview in Indian Languages

Mr.Chittaranjan Kumar, an Indian Administrative Service Aspirant who appeared for the written portion of civil services examination 2008 in English, was willing to attend the interview in Hindi.

However, he could not do so because, the present rules and procedures for Civil Service Examination require a candidate to give the interview in English, if he had appeared for the main examination in that language.

Kumar then sought legal remedy by filing a Public Interest Litigation Petition before Honourable High Court of Mumbai. The Court had admitted the PIL and approved the Committee appointed by UPSC to review the relevant procedure.

As per recommendations of said Expert Committee, candidates, who opt for an Indian language medium (other than Hindi) for the written Civil Services exam, can henceforth either choose the same Indian language, English or Hindi for the interview.

Similarly, the Committee has further recommended that candidates, who give the main exam in English, can now choose English, Hindi or any other Indian language for the interview, opted by them for the compulsory Indian language paper in the written part.

As per the Committee's opinion, in the case of candidates, who are, as per the present policy, exempted from the compulsory Indian language paper, will have to appear for the interview in English or Hindi only.

UPSC informed the Honorable Court all these recommendations of Committee and acceptance of those recommendations by UPSC.

Honourable Mumbai High Court then disposed of the PIL, after UPSC informed that the recommendations had been accepted by the UPSC and forwarded to the Government with a request to send comments or observations. After hearing from the government, the UPSC would incorporate the necessary changes and implement them.

Earlier, the Mr.Kumar had contended through this PIL that UPSC has not created a level playing field as far as Civil Service Examination is concerned since those who are not in position to freely converse in English Language can not get through through they are otherwise talented.

Source: The Times of India

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