UPSC Civil Services Prelim to be held as scheduled with modifications

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2014 to be held on August 2014 – Govt suggests that Marks of English Language comprehension skills in Paper II not be included for gradation or merit

As per Minister’s Statement in the parliament on 4th August 2014, civil services Group I preliminary examination will be held as scheduled on August 24 with the modification suggested by Government as far as Paper II – CSAT II is concerned for which nation wide protests by UPSC Civil aspirants are conducted.

As per the statement of the Minister of State for Personnel, Mr. Jitendra Singh, Government is of the opinion that in the Civil Services, Preliminary Examination, Paper II, the marks of the question-section on “English Language comprehension skills” should not be included for gradation or merit and that Candidates, who appeared in Civil Services Examination 2011, may be given one more attempt in 2015.

Further, Varma Committee, which has examined various issues related to the exams, has opined that the exams are not to be postponed in the interest of Candidates as well as UPSC.

However, UPSC Aspirants are conducting protests against aptitude and English language questions in CSAT II which is part of civil services preliminary examination with arguments that the questions relating to that section are much above the standards prescribed.

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2014 consists of two papers for 200 marks. viz., CSAT I and CSAT II.

The CSAT-II paper consists of questions in comprehension, interpersonal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy, and English language comprehension skills (of Class X level).

UPSC conducts Civil Service Examination for selectiong Candidates for prestigious Class I Posts / Group A Services in three Parts which are Preliminary, main, and interview. The selected Candiates are posted in services such as Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service, Indian Police Service (IPS) etc.

Press release of the Government on this issue on 4th August 2014 is as follows

Press Information Bureau

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

04-August-2014 17:49 IST

Text of Statement made by MoS Personnel on Civil Services Examination in Parliament

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions today made the following statement on the UPSC Civil Services Examination in Parliament:-

  • Government is of the opinion that in the Civil Services, Preliminary Examination, Paper II, the marks of the question-section on “English Language comprehension skills” should not be included for gradation or merit.
  • Candidates, who appeared in Civil Services Examination 2011, may be given one more attempt in 2015.

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