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.

Image of UPSC aspirants hit by CSAT experiment

Image of UPSC Aspirants Hit by CSAT Experiment

Image of 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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