UPSC Row: English Marks Shouldn’t Count For Gradation, Says Govt


A sigh of relief to the agitating aspirants comes today from Parliament as the government has announced that the marks for questions relating to English comprehension in Paper II of the prelims exam will not be counted for gradation and merit of the candidates. However, there will be no change in CSAT format.

Minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh made an statement in Parliament today announcing an extra attempt to all those candidates who wrote the exam in 2011, when the CSAT format was introduced. “Those who appeared for the exam in 2011 will get another attempt to appear in 2015,” the minister made the statement. This move has come in to account for the disadvantaged students due to a sudden change in the pattern.

“The Civil Services exam plan has been a matter of debate for last several weeks. The government has treated the issue with all seriousness and sensitivity and heard all aspects. It has decided in the overall interest that the CSAT Paper II marks relating to English comprehension should not be included for gradation and merit of students in the Civil Services exam,” said Jitendra Singh. Another side of the angle is the Government  declared that the civil services preliminary examination will be held as usually on August 24.

Medaram Jathara

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