SC rejects plea seeking stay on UPSC preliminary examAugust 25, 2014
The Supreme Court has rejected the petition seeking stay on the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) preliminary examination. The SC has refused to postpone the examination, which is scheduled to be conducted on yesterday.
The bench headed by Justice Dattu heard the PIL filed by Agnesh Kumar. The demand for extension of UPSC civil services examination had been put forth, which was in controversy over the past few months as the students all over India alleged it favours English-speaking people.
The protestors had asked for scrapping Civil Services Aptitude Test (C-SAT) as they termed discriminatory against candidates belonging to Hindi background. The government, in an effort to end the controversy, had announced that the marks for English comprehension will not be counted in the final merit list. The government had also said that an extra attempt be granted to all the candidates who had taken the examination in 2011. They shall be eligible to re-appear for the civil services examination in 2015.
As per a notification issued by Deputy Secretary of the UPSC on the official website, the changes in the rules of civil services exam 2014 are as follows:
Both Paper-I and Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 will be of two hours duration each;
The questions on English Language Comprehension skills (of Class X level) contained in each set of test booklets of Paper-II are not to be attempted as these questions shall not be evaluated for gradation or merit. The candidates are, therefore, advised not to attempt questions on English Language Comprehension skills for which Hindi translation has not been given in the respective test booklets of Paper-II;
The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014, shall thus comprise two compulsory papers of which Paper-I will be of 200 marks and Paper II will be of 200 marks minus the maximum marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills;
Final merit for qualifying the candidates for the Civil Services (Main) written examination will be drawn by using the aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I out of 200 marks and marks obtained in Paper-II out of 200 marks minus the maximum marks allocated to the questions on English language comprehension skills (i.e. those questions in Paper-II for which Hindi translation has not been given).