UPSC's Civil Services Aptitude Test controversy to be resolved within a week, says Rajnath Singh

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 28 2014, 22:26pm hrs
Amid protests by civil services aspirants against the new UPSC syllabus, the government today said the issue will be resolved within a week.

"The UPSC issue will be resolved within a week. Discussions are going on," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

Singh said he had held a meeting yesterday to find a way out following a directive from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the students' protests.

The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh among others.

Replying to a question, the Home Minister said the report of the three-member government-appointed committee, which is looking into the demands of the aspirants to change the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) to give level-playing field to those coming from rural areas, will come soon.

Singh, however, remained non-committal when asked whether the civil services preliminary examination, scheduled to be held on August 24, will be postponed.

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.