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UPSC exam row: Govt assures resolution in a week; aspirants intensify protests

Amid continuing protests, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday assured civil services aspirants that the row over CSAT would be resolved within a week.

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: Amid continuing protests, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday assured civil services aspirants that the row over CSAT would be resolved within a week.

Singh gave the assurance today after holding a high-level meeting yesterday to find a way out following a directive from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the students` protests.

The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh among others.

The government has set up a special committee on the issue and the panel is likely to submit its report within a week.

The civil services 2014 prelims, slated to be held on August 24, are likely to be delayed and the new date for the exams will be announced only after the committee submits its report.

Civil services aspirants today continued their protests demanding the change in pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). Students allege the current pattern favours those with an English background.

The aspirants today staged protests outside the Union Public Service Commission office here and even burned admit cards.

They also met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who assured them that no injustice will be done to them.

Rahul assured the delegation of aspirants that he will raise their concerns at all appropriate fora.

The 21-member delegation included NSUI national president Rohit Sharma and general secretary Mohit Sharma, and Delhi state president of NSUI Vikas Chhikara.

The row over CSAT has been raised in Parliament too.
The government has urged the aspirants to call off their protest which intensified from Thursday after the UPSC, which conducts the examination, started issuing admit cards to the aspirants for the preliminary exam scheduled to be held next month.

There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each in the preliminary examination. These papers are also known as CSAT I and CSAT II.

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

(With agency inputs)

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