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