Amid vehement demonstration by civil services candidates over the demand for scrapping the newly announced scheme of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in the examination pattern, which is obstructing Hindi medium students from getting selected, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has started issuing the admit cards for the preliminary examination to be held on August 14.
It is learnt that UPSC has opposed to push further the prelims schedule as there must be atleast three-month gap period between declaration of prelims results and the Mains Examination.
Last year, the prelims were held on May 26, whereas, this year it's already behind the normal schedule. Even though a committee headed by former secretary (personnel) Arvind Verma is looking into the matter and was recently asked to submit its report at the earliest possible, there are bleak chances of postponing the prelims exam, according to media reports.
Making it easier for students, a link on the UPSC website is made available for students to download e-admit cards.
Reports also stated that the committee might review the CSAT-II paper, and slash down the number of questions on English comprehension, which are currently 8 among the total of 80 questions asked in CSAT-II.
However, the Minister of State for personnel, public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh assures no discrimination to the protestors after discussing the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. he said, "the government is taking the matter seriously and the students won't be discriminated on the basis of language.
The students must also show some patience." He further added, "The government has sympathy; it knows that there should be no injustice with the students. The government is waiting for a report on the matter and will take decision in the favour of students only."
There was seen an uproar over the same issue in the parliament as well, which led to the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha till noon. Congress leader Digvijay Singh said that the Congress was ready to fight for UPSC inside and outside Parliament.