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  1. UPSC Exam: Extra chance for civil services 2011 candidates; 33% qualifying marks for CSAT in prelims

UPSC Exam: Extra chance for civil services 2011 candidates; 33% qualifying marks for CSAT in prelims

UPSC Exam: Extra chance for civil services 2011 candidates; No change in UPSC prelims pattern; aptitude test to stay with 33 per cent qualifying marks

By: | Updated: May 14, 2015 3:44 PM
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UPSC Exam: Candidates who appeared in civil services preliminary examination in 2011 will get an additional chance this year. Also, ignoring a demand by sections of aspirants, Govt on Wednesday decided to continue with the controversial aptitude test in the civil services preliminary examination and also set 33 per cent minimum qualifying marks. (Image: UPSC website)

Candidates who appeared in civil services preliminary examination in 2011 will get an additional chance this year.

The move comes following an assurance given by the government in this regard last year.

“Those who had taken civil services examination in 2011 will be given an extra chance this year,” a senior Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) official said.

A large group of students had in July last year protested against the pattern of civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC). They had demanded change in Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) or Paper II of civil services preliminary examination.

Following the protests, the government had decided that marks of the English section questions, asked in the paper, will not be included for gradation or merit. The change had come in force from civil services examination, 2014, onwards.

“Candidates, who appeared in civil services examination 2011, may be given one more attempt in 2015,” Union Minister Jitendra Singh had said in Parliament in August last year.

A total of 4,72,290 candidates had applied for civil services preliminary examination 2011, out of which 2,43,003 had appeared.

The pattern of civil services preliminary examination was changed from 2011 onwards. Before that, Paper I used to be on general studies and candidates were to choose an optional subject for Paper II.

General category candidates are permitted six attempts, according to the notification by UPSC for civil services examination, 2014.

The civil services examination is conducted in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

33 per cent qualifying marks for CSAT in civil prelims: Govt

Ignoring a demand by sections of aspirants, the Centre on Wednesday decided to continue with the controversial aptitude test in the civil services preliminary examination and also set 33 per cent minimum qualifying marks.

At the same time, it said an expert committee would be constituted to take a holistic view of the aptitude test.

Till such time the government takes a decision on the recommendation of the committee, the general studies Paper-II (Civil Services Aptitude Test or CSAT) in the civil services preliminary examination will remain a qualifying paper with a minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33 per cent, a statement issued today by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

The English language comprehension skill portion from general studies Paper-II of civil services preliminary examination will continue to remain excluded, it said.

The expert committee would be constituted to comprehensively examine various issues raised from time to time namely, eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of civil services examination, the DoPT said.

“This is a very significant and path-breaking decision and is expected to satisfy the long-pending grievance of large sections of students and aspirants,” Union Minister Jitendra Singh said.

After today’s decision, the civil services examination, 2015 will be held as per the 2014 pattern, i.e. with questions on aptitude to be part of second paper and marks of English section not to be included for gradation. However, candidates need to secure minimum 33 per cent qualifying marks in it. Earlier, there were no such minimum qualifying marks requirement.

A controversy had erupted in July last over the pattern of civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Services Commission(UPSC) as students demanding change in CSAT or Paper II had taken to the streets in protest.

Following the protests, the government had decided that marks of the English section questions, asked in Paper II, will not be included for gradation or merit. The change had come in force from civil services examination, 2014, onwards.

“The last year’s decision by the government to exclude the English portion consisting of 22 marks in the general studies Paper-II of the civil services preliminary examination from tabulation was to ensure that there was no possibility of language bias in favour of English knowing aspirants.

“This decision will continue to remain applicable henceforth also,” Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said.

The candidates, who had appeared in civil services examination 2011, will be given one more attempt in 2015, based on the government’s last year decision, according to Personnel Ministry officials.

A total of 4,72,290 candidates had applied for civil services preliminary examination 2011, out of which 2,43,003 had appeared for the exam.

The Minister said that the government’s intention is to make civil services examination a level playing field for all sections of students so that there is no advantage or disadvantage to any section.

It was being alleged that some portions of the present syllabus and pattern offered advantage to students from Mathematics and Engineering backgrounds to score high in the exam, he said.

“The government wants that the best and the most deserving should enter the administrative services and should have a genuine aptitude for being a part of the administrative set up of contemporary India,” Singh said.

He said all these efforts are aimed at ensuring and accomplishing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of ‘maximum governance, minimum government’.

The civil services examination is conducted in three stages — preliminary, main and interview– to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. There are two compulsory papers –Paper I and Paper II — of 200 marks each in civil services (preliminary) examination.

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