CSAT row: English marks scratched out of UPSC merit list, says govt
Updated on Jan 21, 2015 - 9:20 a.m. IST by None

UPSC CSAT 2014- In a bid to calm down thousands of students protesting against CSAT paper, Central Government on August 4 said marks in English Comprehension section will not be considered while making Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) merit list.


Replying to the debate on CSAT in Lok Sabha, Jitendra Singh, minister of state in the PMO, said the marks in English comprehension section will not be attached to the merit list prepared on the basis of CSAT.


"The government has studied the matter very deeply and tried to handle it sensitively," he said.

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The government has decided to scrap the English section after a prolonged protest by UPSC Civil Services aspirants who had alleged that the CSAT pattern has adversely affected their chances to get selected for Main exam.


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In 2013, only 1,123 non-English medium students were selected for Mains exam as compared to 4,156 non-English medium students selected in the year 2010 when CSAT was not introduced. In the year 2011, with introduction of CSAT, the number of non-English medium students passing Prelims and appearing in Mains exam drastically reduced to 1,682 from 4,156 in 2010.


Prelims Format

Non-English medium students selected for Mains Exam


Old (without CSAT)



Old (without CSAT)



Old (without CSAT)



New (CSAT)



New (CSAT)



New (CSAT)


The protesters allege that the high scoring on English section has benefitted students from professional courses and also those who are well-versed in English language. They also alleged that the merit on the competence of other Indian languages has been compromised in the process.


Candidates belonging to Hindi-belt and rural areas of the country have been demanding to scrap CSAT, claiming that the format introduced in 2011 fails to provide them a level-playing field, and is made in favor of English-medium students and those having technical background.


CSAT, the Prelims level test under UPSC Civil Services admission procedure, comprises two compulsory papers of 200 marks each, known as CSAT I and CSAT II. The CSAT exam pattern has been described below:



No. of Questions



  • General Awareness




  • Communication Skills

  • Logical & Analytical Ability

  • Decision-making & Problem- solving

  • General Mental Ability

  • Basic Numeracy

  • English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X level)







Opposing CSAT, students have claimed that the difficulty level of aptitude and English language questions asked in the exam are much above the prescribed standard for the examination.


Earlier on July 24, UPSC announced to conduct CSAT on August 24 and released admit card for the eligible candidates.


UPSC Civil Services 2014 exam will be conducted to fill up around 1,291 vacancies in civil services including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Central Services.


As per UPSC civil services selection process, successful candidates in Prelims round qualify for the Mains exam, which includes written exam and personality test. Those candidates who qualify Mains round are appointed as Civil Servants.


Despite the government approving to the proposed changes in CSAT, the final changes will only take place once the UPSC board agrees to scrap the English section for merit list.


Also read:

UPSC Civil Services Admit Card

UPSC Civil Services Result

UPSC Civil Services Important Dates


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