UPSC CSAT row: Akhilesh writes to PM Modi; protesters meet Rahul Gandhi

With their demand for scrapping the Civil Service Aptitude Test, UPSC aspirants met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014, 11:24 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: With their demand for scrapping the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT), UPSC aspirants on Monday met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his intervention in the UPSC row. Yadav seeks changes in exam pattern.

Last week, the Narendra Modi government had urged them to be "patient" about their demand and said "no injustice" will be done to them.
The civil services aspirants have been holding protests in the national capital.

The protests by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants had turned violent on Thursday with students burning a bus, a police van and a motor-bike in Mukherjee Nagar.

Civil services aspirants have been demanding the scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Test, calling it discriminatory for the students from humanities and Hindi backgrounds.

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 10 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 protest intensified after UPSC started issuing admit cards to the aspirants for the preliminary exam scheduled to be held on August 24.

(With IANS inputs)