The purpose of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), introduced two years back to bring symmetry in the highly seasoned Civil Services Examination (CSE), seems to have been defeated when checked the profile of recruits being trained at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.
In the second year of post-CSAT era, there was a huge gap between the numbers of urban and rural candidates who made it in the Civil Services. A considerable drop has been recorded in the number of successful candidates with rural background in CSE 2012.
Also, the students from Science background have been found to have gained an upper hand with high margin during post-CSAT years.
Out of 269 members of the 2012 batch at LBSNAA only 73 have come from rural background. Their four-month foundation course started on 03 September 2013.
As revealed in the latest data on the LBSNAA website, only 31% of men and 15% of women recruits have a rural background.
A total of 63-67 per cent of men recruited by LBSNAA has rural background in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 (the year CSAT was introduced), when taken together.
Only 11, i.e., 15%, out of total 71 women candidates selected in 2012 are having rural background. Whereas, in 2011 the condition was good with 52 out of 58 (90 per cent) woman recruits were from rural background.
On checking the profiles of the second post-CSAT batch, it has been found that while candidates from Science background including Engineering and Medical continues to have an edge over others, the number candidates from Arts background has dropped considerably. However, the number of recruits from Management and Commerce backgrounds shows an increase as per the data.
Even, when looked into state-wise status, the unevenness continues to persist in post-CSAT civil services exams. There is no student from Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Pondicherry among the top 269 successful aspirants of CSE 2012. Only 3 candidates were from Madhya Pradesh for 2012 batch and just 7 in 2011. In the years 2011 and 2012, the figures of successful candidates are 50 and 37 for UP, 22 and 14 for Bihar, and 21 and 15 for Kerala, respectively.
Gender-wise nothing much has changed from pre-CSAT to post-CSAT years. 28 and 18 per cent women were recruited in the years 2009 and 2010, and that 22 and 26 per cent in 2011 and 2012, respectively.