UPSC Civil Sevices Exam: Varma led committee to decide over inclusion of C-SAT

July 16, 2014

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra

Singh said on Tuesday that a three-member committee has been set up under the chairmanship

of Arvind Varma to offer its recommendations without further delay for a relook at the civil

services examination pattern. The concerns include an alleged bias against Hindi-medium


Singh also appealed to civil services aspirants agitating against the revised pattern and syllabus

to end their indefinite fast.

The report, now expected within a week or less, will be examined along with opinion of the

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the examination, and a final

decision taken by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on the Civil Services

Examination 2014.

Singh met representatives of students on Tuesday and conveyed to them that the government

was fully aware of their concerns and was making every effort to address their grievances in a

judicious manner.

The minister said the DoPT had advised the Arvind Verma panel to furnish the report without

any delay.

Regarding the other demands of the students related to the pattern and the dates of the exam,

Singh said the government would take a view after receiving the opinion of the UPSC as well of

as that of the committee.

On Monday, ABVP activists had staged protests outside the UPSC office demanding scrapping

of Civil Services Aptitude Tests (CSAT), saying such a pattern was putting Hindi language

aspirants at a disadvantage. The Center has also asked UPSC to postpone the Civil Services

preliminary exam scheduled for August 24.

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