NEW DELHI: Following protests from Civil Services aspirants demanding scrapping of the CSAT test and the matter being raised in Parliament, the Centre on Tuesday asked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to postpone the preliminary exam scheduled for next month till there was clarity on the examination pattern and syllabus.
Minister of state in the PMO Jitendra Singh said, “We are also urging the UPSC and the committee that was constituted to look into the matter that the report be submitted at the earliest. They should also consider postponing the date of the preliminary examination.”
However, a press statement issued by the minister late on Tuesday said that the government was awaiting the report of a three-member committee set up under the chairmanship of Arvind Varma to look into the issue.
Singh, who had met the protesting students, said that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had advised the committee members of the urgency of the matter and to furnish the report without any delay.
“Regarding the other demands of the (protesting) students related to the pattern and the dates of the exam, Singh said that the government will take a view after receiving the opinion of the UPSC as well as that of the Committee,” the government statement added.
The issue generated enough heat as students protested outside the UPSC office here on Sunday alleging that the CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Tests) was discriminatory against candidates opting for Hindi.
While raising a point during the question hour, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said that civil servants who opted Hindi and cleared the exams had been reduced to two per cent, and that candidates opting for other languages were also dropping.