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Lakhs appear in civil services preliminary examinations

Sunday, 24 August 2014 - 5:33pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Lakhs of students appeared on Sunday for the Civil Services preliminary examination, which was mired in controversy over demand of change in its pattern, at various centres across the country.

The preliminary examination consisting of two papers (Paper I and Paper II) of two hours duration each was held without any reported incidents of protests, official sources said. The first paper began at 9:30 AM and second started at 2:30 PM.

Some of the students complained of few alleged errors in Hindi translation of questions asked in English language in Paper I. There were no comments either from the government or Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on the students claim over errors in the translations.
About nine lakh students have applied for the examination.

A controversy had recently erupted over the pattern of examination as students demanding change in the pattern of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) or Paper II, had taken to the streets waging a violent agitation.

In the wake of such protests, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh had on August 4 said in Parliament that marks of the English section questions, asked in Paper II, will not be included for gradation or merit in civil services exam.

The Department of Personnel and Training, and UPSC had issued separate instructions not to attempt questions of English language comprehension skills asked in Paper II of the examination as their marks will not be included in the gradation or deciding on merit.

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