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UPSC CSAT row: Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh hold high-level meeting

July 28, 2014


In order to resolve the row over Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) C-SAT paper at the

Civil Services exam, the Modi government on Sunday convened a high-level meeting reported

PTI.

The meeting was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Finance Minister

Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh among others.

"There was a discussion on the issue and ways to resolve it," a senior government official, who

attended the meeting, said here.

A decision on whether or not to change the syllabus of civil services examination and postpone

the preliminary test, slated to be held on August 24, is likely to be taken soon, he said.

The meeting, which was held at the Home Minister's residence, was also attended by SK

Sarkar, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), and officials from the PMO

and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Civil services aspirants have been protesting in the national capital and demanding change in

the pattern of civil services preliminary examination. The issue has been raised in Parliament

too.

The government has urged them to call off their protest which intensified from Thursday night

after the UPSC, which conducts the examination, started issuing admit cards to the aspirants for

the preliminary exam scheduled to be held next month.

A three-member government appointed committee is looking into the demands of civil services

aspirants to change the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) to give level-playing

field to those coming from rural areas.

Jitendra Singh, who is also the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions,

had earlier urged the UPSC to postpone the preliminary exam in view of the students demand.

There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each in the preliminary examination.

These papers are also known as CSAT I and CSAT II.

The CSAT-II paper carries questions on 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).

Students have been objecting to the level of aptitude and English language questions being

asked in the CSAT II paper claiming they are much above the standard prescribed for the

examination.

The civil services examination is conducted in three stages--preliminary, main, and interview--

to choose candidates for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and

Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. Source: Agency.

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