UPsC Aspirants Hit by CsAT Experiment between 2011-15 Protests in Delhi (Download PDF)

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Niti Aayog has come up with set of recommendations to undertake another round of reforms in UPSC. Think-tank has suggested that govt. does away with all state public service commissions & bring down highest age limit from 32 to 27 years in a phased manner by 2022 - 23.

Govt. has no plan to change current age limit.

UPsC Aspirants Hit by CsAT Experiment

Case of CSAT 2011 - 15

  • Case of CSAT was introduced 7 years ago in 2011.
  • Introduction of CSAT did not go down well with section of students who felt that move was going to hit those who were not from English, Maths & Science backgrounds. This sparked massive outrage among students from Hindi & Humanities background.

Nigvekar Committee

  • Nigvekar Committee appointed to look into changes observed that CSAT structure was more beneficial to urban background English aspirants.
  • It suggested reducing English portion in prelims & instead makes it slightly tougher in mains exam.
  • Following recommendations, Commission changed syllabus for mains in 2013.
  • 2 years later in 2015, UPSC changed pattern & made CSAT Paper-II qualifying.

Demand of 3 changes

  • 3 changes in 4 years hit preparations b/w 2011 - 2015 of lakhs of students who are demanding that govt. allow them compensatory attempts irrespective of age or category from CSE 2019.
  • Abrupt changes in exam pattern in 2011,13 & 15 were made without prior information. In last 2 years, aspirants have approached politicians, current ministers, as well as opposition leaders.
  • Students have called for grand protest on 25th -26th Dec. in Delhi. They will start protest march from Mukherjee Nagar, North Delhi. During protest, aspirants plan to sit outside residence of key ministers.
  • In statement issued ahead of protest, students say that lakhs of students who belong to Hindi medium, rural areas & underprivileged lost their precious attempts due to frequent & abrupt changes made by UPSC between 2011 - 15.
  • Demand for compensatory attempts started in 2015. In last 3 years, civil services aspirants met several key ministers including Home Minister & Minister of State (DoPT) with no success.
  • Students started movement, carried out protest march & did petition campaign to PMO in August this year but nothing moved.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 31, 2018

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