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English language skills marks should not be included in merit for CSAT : Union Government

Aug 4, 2014 18:44 IST

    After much uproar and interruptions, government on 04 August 2014 finally announced its decision for CSAT-II exam held by UPSC. The examination will not include the English marks for the gradation or merit this year onwards and the 2011 candidates will get the second chance to appear for the test again in 2015.

    Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh stated in Rajya Sabha that “Government is of the opinion that in the Civil Services Preliminary examination, Paper-II, the marks of the question section on ‘English Language comprehension skills’ should not be included for gradation or merit.”

    The students who have been preparing and those who have appeared the examination have been protesting in regards to the level of questions being asked in English in the examination. According to them, the level for the questions asked in the examination is much higher than the prescribed standard set for the examination. They also have been demanding for new pattern of examination for CSAT, which will help the candidates of rural areas to perform well.

    The CSAT examination comprises of two compulsory papers for 200 marks each. CSAT-I and CSAT-II- both the papers are set for the preliminary examination. The topics included in CSAT-II examination are comprehension, inter-personal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem- solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy, and English language comprehension skills for class 10 level.

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