CSAT row: Leave English section unanswered, says UPSC to examinees
CSAT 2014: In line with Centre’s decision to remove English Comprehension section from UPSC CSAT, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has asked candidates to leave this section unanswered during Aug 24 CSAT as the section will not have any bearing on the merit list due to non-evaluation of the same.
“The Paper-II would contain a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level). Candidates must note that they do not have to answer the questions on this English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) section. These questions will not be evaluated,” a UPSC notification said, addressing candidates who are slated to take Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination on August 24, 2014.
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"The maximum marks for Paper II would be '200 minus the marks earmarked for the English language comprehension skills (Class X level)'," a UPSC release said.
“The Union Government has decided that for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 to be held on 24th August, this section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) will not count for gradation or merit,” the official UPSC notification said referring to Govt decision on the exam scheme.
However, the duration of the Paper II would remain 2 hours and candidates can utilize the entire time in answering all questions except those in the Section containing English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level).
English Comprehension section of CSAT carries 8-9 questions of 22.5 marks.
The Paper II of the CSE (Preliminary) is of 200 marks and 2 hours duration. It contains a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level). It contains some questions based on a few paragraphs in English.
“The maximum marks for Paper II would be ‘200 minus the marks earmarked for the English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level),’ it said, adding, even if candidates attempt English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level), it would not count towards gradation or merit and marks will not be counted for gradation or merit.
Earlier on August 4, in a bid to calm down thousands of students protesting against CSAT paper, Central Government said marks in English Comprehension Skills section will not be considered while making UPSC merit list.
The government had 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 UPSC civil services main exams.
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.
Non-English medium students selected for Mains Exam
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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:
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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.
After the government approving changes in CSAT, the final change on scrapping the English section for merit list was awaited from the UPSC board.
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