Changes in UPSC Preliminary on English Comprehension Skills

Latest Changes made in UPSC Preliminary Examination relating to English Comprehension Questions – DOPT notification issued

DOPT notification on UPSC Preliminary Examination says “Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level, which are printed in English only, shall not be evaluated for gradation or merit and therefore, need not be attempted by the candidates”

DOPT has issued notification dated 16.08.2014, for implementing the latest changes made in UPSC Preliminary Examination relating to English Comprehension Questions following agitation by Candidates. It is notified now by DOPT to the effect that the merit on the basis of Preliminary Examination shall be drawn using aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I out of 200 and marks obtained in Paper-II out of 200 minus the total of the marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills.

As notification takes immediate effect, these changes would be applicable in the ensuing UPSC Preliminary Examination which is to be conducted on 24th August 2014

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS

(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 16th August, 2014

 

F. No. 13018/01/2014-ATS(I).— The Central Government hereby makes the following amendments in the rules for competitive examination—Civil Services Examination—to be held by the Union Public Service Commission in 2014 notified by the Government of India in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) vide notification number 13018/01/2014-MS (I), dated the 31st May, 2014 and published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary,
Part I, Section 1, dated the 19th June, 2014, namely:—
In Appendix I to the said notification,—
(i) in “SECTION I”, under the heading “PLAN OF EXAMINATION”, in paragraph 2, after the portion beginning with “The Preliminary Examination will consist of and ending with “set out in sub-section (A) of Section II”, the following shall be inserted, namely:—
“The merit on the basis of Preliminary Examination shall be drawn using aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I out of 200 and marks obtained in Paper-II out of 200 minus the total of the marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills.”;
(ii) in “SECTION II”, under the heading “A. PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION”,—
(A)for the words and figures “The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each”, the words, letters and figures “The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers, of which Paper-I will be of 200 marks and Paper-II will be of 200 marks minus the total of the marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills.” shall be substituted;
(B)in the Note, for clause (ii), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:—
“(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level, which are printed in English only, shall not be evaluated for gradation or merit and therefore, need not be attempted by the candidates.”;
(iii) in “SECTION III”, under the heading “Part A-Preliminary Examination”,—
(A) for the sub-heading “Paper II-(200 marks) Duration: Two hours”, the following sub-heading shall be substituted, namely:—
“Paper II-(200 marks minus the total of the marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills) Duration: Two hours”;
(B)for Note 1, the following note shall be substituted, namely:—
“Note 1: Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level, which are printed in English only, shall not be evaluated for gradation or merit and therefore, need not be attempted by the candidates.”
GAYATRI MISHRA, Director (AIS)
Note.—The principal notification number 13018/01/2014-AIS (I), dated the 31st May, 2014 was published in the Gazette of India, Part I, Section 1, dated the 19th June, 2014.

Source : DOPT

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