CSAT test: Government says looking at issue with sensitivity

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 1 2014, 20:09pm hrs
Upsc protest
Amid demands by Civil Service aspirants for scrapping the CSAT test, government today said it was looking at the issue with "all the sympathy, sensitivity and seriousness".

Talking to reporters outside Parliament House, Minister of State for Personnel and Training Jitendra Singh blamed the Opposition for disrupting the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha where the government wanted to have a discussion on a statement made on the issue.

"The government today sought to place and make a statement in the Rajya Sabha on the issue of the UPSC exam...Unfortunately on account of disturbance caused by the Opposition, the discussion, which could have followed the statement, could not take place.

"The government is absolutely seized of the matter. We are looking at the issue with all the sympathy, sensitivity and seriousness at our command," Singh said.

Parties including Congress, RJD and Samajwadi Party had criticised the alleged "discrimination" by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) against candidates opting for Hindi and regional languages as medium for Civil Services examination.

The aspirants have been holding prolonged protests and resorting to hunger strike for several weeks demanding scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Tests (CSAT), saying the exam pattern was putting Hindi and regional language aspirants at a disadvantage.