Coming to the aid of thousands of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) agitators, AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai demanded that the civil services examination should be conducted in every regional language, instead of just English and Hindi, allowing students to appear for the same in their native language.
Currently, while the main examination's question papers are set in English and Hindi , the same can be attempted in any language in the Eighth Schedule, but the preliminary examination are available only in English and Hindi.
As protests continued within and outside Parliament over CSAT, the government reiterated that the preliminary examination would be held as scheduled on August 24.
Thambidurai said that at present, UPSC conducts exam only in Hindi and English. If they have to create a level-playing field, than all languages and cultures must be respected and regarded equally and students should be allowed to take examination in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali and all other languages which are included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.
The government said that while it will consider the demand of conducting the civil services examination in all languages, it ruled out postponing this year's UPSC preliminary exam 2014.
CSAT 2014 will take place on its scheduled date, i.e August 24, 2014.